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August 11, 2009

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SNA Releases State of School Nutrition 2009 Survey
SNA Participates in Meeting on H1N1 Flu Preparations
Spreading the Word about Reauthorization
Senate Passes Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Whole Foods Launches School Lunch Revolution Campaign
Submit a Proposal to Speak at ANC 2010!
Health and Human Services PSA Contest Seeks Video Entries 

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SNA Releases State of School Nutrition 2009 Survey

More than 77% of the 1,200 school foodservice directors surveyed state that funding and the cost of food/food preparation are the most pressing issues facing cafeteria programs nationwide as they head back to school this fall. According to results released today in the School Nutrition Association’s comprehensive School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2009, nearly 60% of districts increased their school lunch prices this year to keep up with the cost of preparation. Just two years ago, only about a third of districts increased prices and the median price increase for school lunch was $0.15 in 2007, compared to a median increase of $0.25 today. As families are also struggling in the economy, survey results show increases in free/reduced meal program participation across every grade level since 2005.

For additional information about the 2009 Operations Report, please visit the link below.

2009 Operations Report

SNA Participates in Meeting on H1N1 Flu Preparations

SNA, along with several other school associations, participated in a meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Thursday, August 6 to discuss H1N1 (swine) flu preparations for schools. As noted in media reports, the Obama Administration is leaving the decision to close schools to local communities. In the coming months, SNA will be participating in monthly meetings with the Department of Education to discuss procedures.

SNA is also working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on this issue. On Friday, July 31, USDA FNS released a memo with information regarding how school nutrition programs can claim reimbursable meals should schools in their districts close due to H1N1, as well as other commonly asked questions. See below for a link to that memo.

Keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org for additional information regarding H1N1 flu preparations for the new school year.  

USDA Questions & Answers Memo on H1N1 

Spreading the Word about Reauthorization 

Congress may be on August recess, but that does not mean that its offices are closed! During the month of August, many Members of Congress return to their home districts to visit with constituents and learn about the important issues facing them, like child nutrition reauthorization.

There are many things you can do to raise awareness about this important issue. 

  •  Cafeteria Site Visits. Throughout the month of August and into the fall, be sure to invite your Member of Congress to your cafeteria for lunch. Give them a tour to show them what your school district is doing to serve healthy school meals. For information on setting up a cafeteria site visit, please see the link below.
  • Meet with Your Member of Congress. Set up a call or a visit with your Member of Congress in their office. By speaking with them or their staff members, you can vocalize the issues that are important to you. For information on setting a meeting with your Member of Congress, please visit the link below.
  • Send a Letter. Visit the SNA Legislative Action Center for a letter you can send to your Congressional representatives, letting them know what the important issues are in child nutrition reauthorization.

Cafeteria Site Visit 101

Capitol Hill Basics

Action Alert: Support SNA Child Nutrition Reauthorization Priorities  

 

Senate Passes Agriculture Appropriations Bill

On Wednesday, August 5, 2009, the Senate voted 80-17 to pass the Fiscal Year 2010 agriculture appropriations bill. The legislation will now go to a House-Senate conference committee in September to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. Aside for approving spending levels for existing programs, the bill also included $2 million in funding for a school garden pilot program.
 

Whole Foods Launches School Lunch Revolution Campaign 

Whole Foods Market, in partnership with former Berkeley, Calif. school nutrition director Ann Cooper, has launched a campaign to reform the school nutrition programs. Calling it the School Lunch Revolution, Whole Foods encourages shoppers to donate $1 or $5 to support The Lunch Box project, an activity of Ann Cooper’s Food Family Farming Foundation. The campaign argues that many school districts are serving unhealthy meals consisting of highly processed foods and high sugar snacks, and that many meals exceed the standards for fat content. The campaign has a goal of raising $400,000 to support The Lunch Box, a project that provides tools to help school districts develop a program that provides locally procured food and meals that are made from scratch.

SNA is responding to the campaign with a letter to Whole Foods Chairman and CEO John Mackey. SNA also encourages members to send letters to the editors of local newspapers, discussing how their programs provide nutritionally sound, healthy meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain items, lean meats and low-fat dairy items. Please continue to check www.schoolnutrition.org for additional information on responding to this campaign.

Submit a Proposal to Speak at ANC 2010! 

SNA’s Call for Proposals for the 2010 Annual National Conference in Dallas will close on October 9, 2009. Submit your proposal to present a 1-hour concurrent breakout session through the ANC 2010 Call for Proposals website at: www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.

Proposed sessions should focus on one of the following four Key Areas as defined by SNA's Keys to Excellence in School Food and Nutrition Programs: Operations, Nutrition, Marketing and Administration. Additionally, special consideration will be given to those sessions addressing any/all of SNA's Key Issues for 2009-2010: Membership Diversity, Professional Growth, Emerging Issues and Professionalism. Proposals will be selected this fall based on the programming priorities of the SNA Annual National Conference Steering Committee. Notification for all proposals will be sent via e-mail in January 2010.

For additional information, please visit the link below.

Submit a Proposal to Speak at ANC 2010!

Health and Human Services PSA Contest Seeks Video Entries  

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently announced a call for entries to the 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest. Entrants may submit a 15, 30, or 60 second video Public Service Announcement (PSA) that will inform and motivate the public to take steps to help prevent the spread of the flu. The creator of the winning video will receive $2,500 and have the video shown on broadcast television and on government websites. 

To enter, post a video to YouTube in response to Sebelius’ call for entries and fill out the online form on the contest website. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm Eastern Time August 17, 2009. 

For more information, visit the contest website. 

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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