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July 14, 2009

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Tell Congress About SNA Reauthorization Priorities

USDA Undersecretary Nominee Testifies Before Senate Agriculture Committee

Senate and House Appropriations Committees Approve FY2010 Agriculture Spending Bills

SNA Signs on to Letters Supporting Rural Afterschool Programs

SNA “Vote for School Lunch” Campaign Wins ASAE Summit Award

FRAC Releases Report on Summer Food Service Program

SNE Report Demonstrates the Value of Nutrition Education and Programs

Report Finds More U.S. Children Living in Poverty, Skipping Meals

Maryland State Department of Education Issues Wellness Policy Guide

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

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From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

Tell Congress About SNA Reauthorization Priorities

This fall, Congress will begin debating legislation to reauthorization the federal child nutrition programs. SNA has identified four key priority areas for Congress to consider. These priority issues are:

  • Funding to expand program access and update the federal reimbursement rates as proposed by the President;
  • Enacting the Harkin/Woolsey bills, S. 934 and H.R. 1324;
  • Establishing a consistent national application of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for school meals; and
  • Defining what expenses can be paid for with the funds appropriated for school meals

SNA encourages all school nutrition professionals to write to their members of Congress, asking them to give serious consideration to these points.  Click on the link below for a letter that can be copied directly onto school letterhead.

 

 SNA Reauthorization Priorities Letter 

 

USDA Undersecretary Nominee Testifies Before Senate Agriculture Committee

Kevin Concannon, the nominee for U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Tuesday, July 7, 2009.  Concannon is the former health and human services director for the states of Maine, Oregon, and Iowa. If appointed Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Concannon will oversee the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the federal school nutrition programs. He will work closely with Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton, Ph.D, SNS and FNS Administrator Julie Paradis. In his testimony, Concannon promised to work closely with other agencies within USDA and throughout the government to promote healthy lifestyles and nutritious diets.

 

Senate and House Appropriations Committees Approve FY2010 Agriculture Spending Bills

The Senate Appropriations Committee and the full House of Representatives approved their versions of the Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture Appropriation bills. The House of Representatives passed its version of the bill, H.R. 2997, with a 266 to 160 vote on Thursday, July 9th. The Senate is expected to move to complete consideration on S. 1406 before Congress breaks for August recess. A conference committee will then be held to resolve differences between the two different versions. Following the conference committee, an additional vote will be held in September.

 

The Senate legislation funds the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program at $16.8 billion in mandatory budget authority.

 

SNA Signs on to Letters Supporting Rural Afterschool Programs

SNA has signed on to letters supporting H.R. 3078 and S. 1281, the Investment in Rural Afterschool Programs Act of 2009. The bills, introduced by Representatives Phil Hare (D-Ill.) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), help to establish or improve rural afterschool programs by providing grants. The legislation also requires that eligible programs provide participating students with either a nutritious snack or a meal. The letters of support will be sent to the sponsoring legislators to thank them for introducing the legislation.

 

 Rural Afterschool Program Sign-on Letter 

 

SNA “Vote for School Lunch” Campaign Wins ASAE Summit Award

SNA’s 2008 National School Lunch Week Campaign, “Vote for School Lunch – Presidential Edition,” was honored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a 2009 Summit Award. The award will be presented to SNA during the 10th Annual Summit Awards Dinner, September 29, 2009 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

 

The Summit Award is highest honor bestowed by ASAE on associations that implement innovative community-based programs. The award is a part of the Association Advance America awards program. Summit Awards recognize the very best efforts of associations in areas such as public education, economic development, business and social innovation, and civic and volunteering activities. Selected from a field of 38 Award of Excellence winners, the Vote for School Lunch campaign is one of 6 recipients.

 

For additional information, please visit the link below.

Vote for School Lunch Claims Victory!

 

FRAC Releases Report on Summer Food Service Program

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released a report on the federal Summer Food Service Program last week. The report, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, found that only one out of every six eligible low-income children participated in the program during July 2008. Low participation means that states are missing out on federal funds for the child nutrition programs. The report also included a series of recommendations for improving participation in the programs, including:

  • Improving eligibility
  • Restoring reimbursement rates to their pre-1996 levels and indexing them to inflation
  • Providing start-up and expansion grants to encourage new sponsors and sites.
  • Providing funding for transportation costs to get children to the programs.

The report was released during a briefing held by FRAC and the Afterschool Alliance on Congressional reauthorization of the afterschool and summer nutrition programs. During the briefing afterschool and summer program operators from New York, Maryland, and Iowa shared their program successes and discussed ways for the programs to improve through reauthorization.

 

For additional information on the FRAC Summer Feeding Report, please visit the link below.

 

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2009

 

SNE Report Demonstrates the Value of Nutrition Education and Programs

The Society for Nutrition Education recently released a report on the State of Nutrition Education and Promotion for Children and Adolescents. This report is intended to provide nutrition education professionals, legislators, and other policymakers with the evidence and rationale for promoting a comprehensive nutrition education and promotion initiative as part of the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

 

State of Nutrition Education and Promotion for Children and Adolescents reviews the research on nutrition education interventions for children and adolescents and finds that nutrition education and promotion efforts can impact nutrition-related behaviors.  The report also underscores the critical need for additional TNN resources.  The current lack of funding, as the report illustrates, has resulted in fragmented nutrition education and promotion programs making it difficult for innovative, evidence-based approaches to be developed and implemented in ways that are both comprehensive and sustainable. 

 

Click here to read a copy of the report’s executive summary:  http://www.sne.org/documents/SNENENPES630_exec_summary_001.pdf

 

Click here to read a copy of the report:  http://www.sne.org/documents/SNENENPreport630_Final_000.pdf

 

Report Finds More U.S. Children Living in Poverty, Skipping Meals

A new report released last week shows that more U.S. children are living in poverty and are facing the threat of hunger. According to the report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 18 percent of all children under the age of 17 were living in poverty in 2007. The number of children living in food-insecure households also increased, with 0.9 percent of children at risk of hunger. Since the data used in this report was collected in 2007, researchers expect greater changes in next year’s study.

 

Report: More U.S. Children Living in Poverty, Skipping Meals

 

Maryland State Department of Education Issues Wellness Policy Guide

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released Making Wellness Work: A Guide to Implementing and Monitoring Wellness Policies in Maryland. Wellness policy committee members representing MSDE, school food and nutrition services, health education, and physical education from Maryland school systems contributed to the development of the guide. Wellness committees from five school systems piloted the guide in 2008.

 

The guide provides sample goals for each of the four required components of Wellness Policies –physical activity or education, nutrition standards, nutrition education, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness. In addition, each goal has specific implementation activities, steps to support implementation, expected outcomes, and monitoring opportunities.

 

For additional information, please see the link below.

Maryland Local School Wellness Policy Guide

 

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

 


 
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