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May 12, 2009 

Wanted: Equipment Grant Stories – How has your school nutrition program benefited from the $100 million in Equipment Assistance Grants included in the recent economic stimulus package? Share your stories with SNA by emailing asteines@schoolnutrition.org.

 

Table of Contents

President Obama Releases Detailed FY2010 Budget Request

Rivas Presents at Senate Democratic Caucus Meeting

Washington, DC Events Highlight Healthy School Meals

Final Child Nutrition Quality Control Guidelines Released for CN Labelling

Summer Food Service Program: Food that’s In When School is Out

USDA Announces ART Grant Recipients

Reauthorization Hearings Announced

Stabenow and Luger Introduce After School Meal Act

Democratic Leadership Council Publishes Proposal on Child Hunger

State Legislative Update

Child Nutrition in the News

Webinar Wednesdays: Fuel Up to Play

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

President Obama Releases Detailed FY2010 Budget Request

On Thursday, May 7, 2009, the Obama Administration proposed a $3.4 trillion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.  While the proposal includes increases for many domestic programs, including the Child Nutrition Programs, it does include $17 billion worth of cuts for 121 programs. The proposed budget requests $1 billion per year for 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization, indicating the President’s commitment to ending childhood hunger by 2015.  According to the White House, this annual increase is for program reforms aimed at “improving access, enhancing the nutritional quality of school meals, expanding nutrition research and evaluation, and improving program oversight.”  These funds are subjected to PAYGO rules, which mean that in order to allocate them, Congress must find cuts in other programs. For more details on the budget request, please visit the link below.

President Obama Releases Detailed FY2010 Budget Request

White House Budget Request

SNA Legislative Issue Paper

 

Rivas Presents at Senate Democratic Caucus Meeting

On Wednesday, May 6, President-elect Dora Rivas, participated in an invitation-only discussion with members of the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee to discuss how to promote healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity among the nation's youth.  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) co-chaired the discussion.  The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange ideas about how to promote children's health by improving school nutrition programs.  More than twenty national organizations were invited to participate in the closed-door discussion.  In addition to SNA, other attendees included representatives from the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, PTA, Food Research and Action Center and the National Association of School Nurses.  The meeting was held to gather more information from leaders in the field of nutrition as part of Senate outreach in preparation for the rewrite of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act which is set to expire this fall.

 

Washington, DC Events Highlight Healthy School Meals

SNA members Leo Lesh from Denver Public Schools, Jennifer LeBarre from Oakland Unified School District and Louise Esaian from Chicago Public Schools, joined Eric Goldstein of New York Public Schools and White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass at a Healthy Schools Campaign event Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Washington, DC, to highlight the need for adequate funding for school nutrition programs. SNA president-elect Dora Rivas was also on hand at Martha’s Kitchen in DC for the Cinco de Mayo school lunch that was also served to 300 people iin the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria of Congress. The lunch was crafted by six culinary students from Richards Career Academy in Chicago who were at the event discussing the meal with Mr. Kass.  The lunch, which won first place in the Healthy Schools Campaign's Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest last year, included a 'Carrotquedilla,' Chorizo Relleno and Refrescante. The event brought additional attention to the need for increased funding though the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process occurring in Congress this year. SNA has been advocating for increased meal reimbursements as well as funding to address better access to healthy school meals for all students.

Washington, DC Events Highlight Healthy School Meals

 

Final Child Nutrition Quality Control Guidelines Released for CN Labelling

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service recently released Industry Guidelines for Preparation of Quality Control Program for Meat, Poultry, Seafood, and Non-meat CN Labeled Products. The Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Program aids foodservice operators in determining the contribution commercial products make towards meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Summer Food Service, and the Child and Adult Care Food Programs.  A CN label on a product provides school food authorities with a guarantee that the product contributes to the meal pattern requirements as printed on the label.  This new document provides industry with guidelines for preparing a Quality Control (QC) program for CN labeled products.  The QC program is a document identifying procedures used by manufacturers to monitor and control the production of their CN products, to ensure products meet claims as stated in the CN logo.  This does not replace the manufacturer’s responsibility to adhere to all other federal policies and safety regulations (e.g., FSIS - HACCP and FDA Standard of Identity, etc.)

Industry Guidelines for Preparation of Quality Control Program for Meat, Poultry, Seafood, and Non-meat CN Labeled Products 

Summer Food Service Program: Food that’s In When School is Out

Each summer, 18 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available.  For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without.  This summer, the need will likely increase. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help to fill the summer meal gap for low-income children. Faith-based, community and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SFSP, a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer. There are a number of resources available for schools and other organizations that would like to sponsor or host a SFSP site.  Visit the links below for a webinar and other USDA resources.  The Food Research and Action Center has also released a brief that discuss strategies to ensure all children are provided with healthy meals during the summer months.  See below for a link to that document.

Summer Food Service Program Webinar - USDA

USDA Summer Food Service Program Resources

Strategies in Tough Economic Times: Increasing Access to Summer Meals

 

USDA Announces ART Grant Recipients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recipients of $300,000 in Administrative Review and Training (ART) Grants.  The grants were awarded to eight state agencies: California, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Washington State, and Wisconsin.  During a two year grant period, these state agencies will conduct administrative reviews of school food authorities that have or are likely to experience high levels of risk or error in program applications.

 

Reauthorization Hearings Announced

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, as well as the House Committee on Education and Labor have announced hearings on Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2009.  The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a field hearing in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday, May 15th from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Roybal Campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The hearing will focus on the benefits of farm-to-school programs, healthy eating, and physical activity.  A witness list will be posted soon, but the Community Food Security Coalition states that the witnesses are expected to come from the USDA, CDC, Action for Healthy Kids, and the National Farm-to-School Network.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009, the Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on “Improving Child Nutrition Programs to Reduced Childhood Obesity.”  Witnesses for this hearing include:

  • Representative Mike Castle (R-Del.)
  • Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.)
  • Michele Paterson, First Lady of New York
  • Nancy Cooperman, Director, Public Health Initiatives Office of Community Health, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Great Neck, N.Y.
  • Dr. Virginia Stallings, MD, Chair, Institutes of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
  • Dr. Patricia Crawford, MD, Director, Atkins Center for Weight and Health, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Additional witnesses TBA

The House Rules Committee - Subcommittee on Rules and Organization will also hold a hearing to consider child nutrition related legislation, this month. On Monday, May 18th, the committee will discuss H.R. 2297, The White House Conference on Food and Nutrition.

 

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

House Committee on Education and Labor

Stabenow and Luger Introduce After School Meal Act

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) introduced legislation late last week to provide more children with healthy meals when the school day ends. The Stabenow-Lugar AFTERschool Meal Act would make important changes to increase participation in the nationwide school meal program, allowing children from all states to benefit from this exceptional initiative. Afterschool programs take on an additional importance as parents increasingly work longer, non-traditional hours, and more and more children require afterschool care. S. 990 would allow all states to be eligible to participate in the full afterschool meal program. Schools would be eligible to receive reimbursement either through CACFP or through the Russell School Lunch/Breakfast Program, removing an unnecessary administrative burden. Grants would also be authorized to help states with start-up costs.

Democratic Leadership Council Publishes Proposal on Child Hunger

The Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) has published a proposal on ending childhood hunger in the United States by 2015.  The proposal supports the Child Nutrition Forum Statement of Principles and calls on states to play a larger role in ending child hunger.  The authors suggest that the federal government should set aside a small amount of funds to incentivize states to use the resources to end child hunger, as well as hold states accountable for their progress.  The proposal also calls on the federal government to develop strategic partnerships with the states to further this goal.  The authors point to Maryland as a model state working to eliminate childhood hunger. To read the proposal, please visit the link below.

Fulfilling the President’s Call: A Partnership with States to End Child Hunger in America by 2015

 

State Legislative Update

Legislators in Missouri are considering legislation that would implement nutrition standards for competitive foods.  The bill, HB 590, was originally focused solely on physical activity for schools.  It was later amended to include language setting competitive food standards.  If passed, the legislation would require schools to sell only snacks that have fewer than 300 calories and only 100 fruit juices, water, zero calorie flavor water, and low fat or skim milk, among other regulations.  The legislation passed the state House on April 9.  A hearing on the bill was scheduled for the Senate on Wednesday, May 6, but the legislation was tabled until another time.

 

Child Nutrition in the News

The school nutrition programs were the focus of several high profile news articles last week.  In the Washington Post, Baltimore, Md. City Schools school nutrition director Tony Geraci was featured in an article on his vision for his district’s school nutrition program.  The article discusses the district’s farm to school program, including the greenhouses where students are taught about nutrition and farming.  Also last week, the Rachael Ray Show featured two mothers who discussed the changes they encouraged in their school district to promote healthy living and eating.  The mothers shared their stories with Ray and former President Bill Clinton, founder of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  Both mothers encouraged their children’s schools to implement healthier fundraisers, such as walk-a-thons.

Radical in the Lunch Link – Washington Post

Rachael Ray Show – “Walking the Walk”  

 

Webinar Wednesdays: Fuel Up to Play

Be sure to mark your calendars for this upcoming Webinar Wednesday session!  On Wednesday, May 13, 2009, the School Nutrition Foundation and the National Dairy Council (NDC), for a 75-minute webinar on Fuel Up to Play.  NDC and the National Football League (NFL) have joined forces to develop an in-school program - Fuel Up to Play - aimed at tackling the nation’s current child health and nutrition crisis. This research-based program encourages youth to take action for their own health and provides tools and resources to help improve their school environment. The entire school will accept the challenge to make changes that encourage students to play for 60 minutes daily and impact access to and consumption of foods most children don’t eat enough of, such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Participants will learn how to get involved in this program, earn CEU’s for implementation, and how to make the case for the connection between health, nutrition and student achievement in order to involve other school stakeholders. To register for this free webinar, please visit the link below.  Also, if you missed the first webinar of the USDA Food Allergies series, you can access a recording through this link.

Webinar Wednesday: Fuel Up to Play

Webinar Wednesday: Managing Food Allergies

 

State and Federal Legislation

 

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

 

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

 


 
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