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July 7, 2009

ANC Special Edition

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ANC 2009

Deputy Under Secretary Thornton Speaks at 64th Annual National Conference

House Education and Labor Committee Chair Miller Addresses ANC Attendees

Rivas Named 2009-2010 President of the School Nutrition Association

Three School Nutrition Professionals Acknowledged for Extraordinary Achievements

SNA Members Review Nutritious Foods & Equipment on ANC Exhibit Floor

Lee’s Summit (Mo.) School District Named District of the Year

 

Other School Nutrition News

Lobby Day Features Parents, School Nutrition Professionals, Celebrities

School Nutrition Program Funding Mentioned in Senate HELP Committee Hearings

National FAME Awards Program Makes Call for Nominations

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

ANC 2009

 

Deputy Under Secretary Thornton Speaks at 64th Annual National Conference

Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton, Ph.D., SNS addressed the School Nutrition Association’s 64th Annual National Conference on Tuesday, June 30th, in Las Vegas, Nev. In her remarks, Dr. Thornton, a past SNA President, discussed the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduced childhood overweight and obesity. She noted that the USDA is taking numerous steps to encourage families to lead healthier lifestyles by encouraging people to make smart food choices, eat more fruits and vegetables, control portion sizes, and increase physical activity. Ultimately, it’s parents and children that must take responsibility for themselves.

 

Dr. Thornton spoke during the 2nd General Session. For additional information on her speech, please visit the link below.

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Janey Thornton to Speak at ANC 2009

 

House Education and Labor Committee Chair Miller Addresses ANC Attendees

ANC attendees heard from an additional political speaker on Tuesday, June 30th. House Education and Labor Committee Chair George Miller (D-Calif.) shared his thoughts on the school nutrition programs in a video shown during the 2nd General Session. Representative Miller noted the importance of the school nutrition programs and promised to work closely with the School Nutrition Association during the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

 

Rivas Named 2009-2010 President of the School Nutrition Association

Dora Rivas MS, RD, LD, SNS wasl named President of the School Nutrition Association during the closing general session of the 64th Annual National Conference. Rivas is the Executive Director of Food and Child Nutrition Services (FCNS) for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas. Rivas has worked in the school nutrition arena for 34 years, working in both the Brownsville Independent School District and her current district, Dallas.

 

Prior to becoming president of SNA, Dora served as President-Elect and Vice President of the School Nutrition Association after serving as a member of the Membership Committee in 2005-2006. She has served as the Chair of the SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee and was the 1995-1996 president of the Texas Association for School Nutrition, having been on the Board of Directors for the organization as an officer since 1980.

Dora Rivas Named President of the School Nutrition Association

 

Three School Nutrition Professionals Acknowledge for Extraordinary Achievements

SNA recognized three of it’s own on Monday, June 29th, during the Opening General Session of the 64th Annual National Conference. Adrienne Gooley, Wanda Grant, and Debbie Pridemore were honored for their superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena.

 

The National Louise Sublette Award of Excellence was awarded to Gooley, cafeteria manager at Valley View Elementary School in Columbia Heights, Minn. The 2009 National Outstanding Director of the Year Award was presented to Wanda Grant, School Nutrition Director for Palm Springs Unified School District in California. This year’s Heart of the Program Award was given to Debbie Pridemore, a school nutrition employee at Rosedale Elementary School in Fayette County, W.V.

 

For information on each of these winners, please visit the link below.

Three School Nutrition Professionals Acknowledged for Extraordinary Achievements

 

SNA Members Review Nutritious Foods & Equipment on ANC Exhibit Floor

More than 5,500 school nutrition professionals from around the country packed the 200,000 square foot exhibit floor at ANC 2009 in Las Vegas. With food and labor costs escalating, they will scout for ways to aid in the delivery of affordable, high-quality school meals in their local school districts. More than 315 companies display a wide variety of healthy food and beverage products, equipment, nutrition education materials, software, services and more on the largest exhibit floor in the school nutrition industry. For additional information on the products, please see the link below.

New Healthy Food Choices and Efficient Equipment to Debut at School Nutrition Conference

 

Lee’s Summit (Mo.) School District Named District of the Year

Lee’s Summit, Mo. School District was named the 2009 District of the Year in School Nutrition during the 3rd General Session of ANC 2009. The District’s Child Nutrition Department was recognized for improving the health and nutrition of the district’s food offerings, implementing a strong professional development program and exercising superior financial management. Child Nutrition Director Jane Hentzler, RD, SNS accepted the award on behalf of the school district.

 

As the District of the Year in School Nutrition, Lee’s Summit School District was awarded $25,000 to further improve and enhance their school nutrition program operations. The funds will be used by the school district to promote wellness and nutrition education by creating a nutrition library for all grade levels, expanding lunch room promotions in the media and the community and strengthening school Nutrition Councils by including more school principals and student advisors. The district also plans to continue its dedication to professional development by promoting SNA continuing education and certification to staff members.

 

Other School Nutrition News

 

Lobby Day Features Parents, School Nutrition Professionals, Celebrities

June 24, 2009, was "Healthy School Food Lobby Day" on Capitol Hill in support of national nutrition standards legislation, specifically HR 1324 and S. 934, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2009. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Woolsey (D-Calif.) in the House with 140 co-sponsors and Senator Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate with 20 co-sponsors, is supported by the School Nutrition Association along with over 100 national, state and local groups. The Lobby Day included about 100 meetings with members of Congress and their staff and a press conference featuring Senator Harkin (D-IA,) Senator Murkowski (R-AK,) Senator Klobuchar (R-MN,) Congresswoman DeLauro (D-CT,) and Congresswoman Woolsey (D-CA) at which a national petition signed by 50,000 people was presented. Actresses Deirde Is this the correct spelling of her first name? Hall and Andrea Bowen also participated in the Lobby Day.

SNA members can support the legislation, which ends the time and place rule and updates nutrition standards for foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals, by sending an action alert to Congress here.

 

School Nutrition Program Funding Mentioned in Senate HELP Committee Hearings

The federal school nutrition programs were mentioned during a meeting of the Senate Healthy, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. During a markup of the Affordable Health Choices Act, the committee discussed the importance of adequately funding the school nutrition programs. The legislation does not contain any provisions that would authorize additional funding for the school nutrition programs.

 

National FAME Awards Program Makes Call for Nominations

The Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award program is making its call for nominations for the 21st annual ceremony honoring outstanding school nutrition professionals at an event scheduled for January 10, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. during the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2010 Child Nutrition Industry Conference.

 

Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at www.fameawards.net until September 18, 2009. Eligible nominees include SNA members in good standing. With each valid nomination, the nominating party will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Visa gift card in the amount of $100, $50 or $25. See the FAME website for official rules.

 

For additional information, please visit the link below.

National FAME Awards Program Makes Call for Nominations

 

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:  Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin


 
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