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August 18, 2009

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SNF and USDA Announce Special Webinar with Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Janey Thornton

SNA to Counter School Lunch Challenges

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Expand School Nutrition Programs

SNA Back to School Media Tour 2009 Kicks-Off

Anchors Aweigh! SNA is Moving

Enroll Now: New School Wellness Kit

 

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State and Federal Legislation

SNF and USDA Announce Special Webinar with Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Janey Thornton

Join USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton for a Special Webinar on Providing Meals to Needy Children During an H1N1-Related School Dismissal on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 2:00-3:30 EDT. The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with USDA will be offering this special webinar.

This webinar will address information contained in two USDA Policy Memos released in July 2009 outlining how school and community organizations may continue to provide reimbursable meals to low-income children during potential school dismissals. Meals served during these dismissals may be claimed through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Experts from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Education also will share critical updates and resources on H1N1 influenza preparedness and recommendations for the education community.

The target audience for this webinar includes district school foodservice directors, school district administrators, and State agency personnel. Due to anticipated demand, SNF encourages participants to arrange for viewings in a group setting when possible.

For additional information, including registration, please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/h1n1webinar.

SNA to Counter School Lunch Challenges

Several activist organizations have recently started publicity campaigns criticizing the integrity of the federal school nutrition programs. In early August, Ann Cooper, the former director of school nutrition for Berkeley Unified School District in California announced that she is partnering with Whole Foods Market in their School Lunch Revolution Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage school nutrition professionals to transition their programs into purchasing locally grown foods and cooking from scratch. In most of the campaign literature, Cooper argues that current school meals are unhealthy.

Last week, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a known animal rights activist group, was asked by the White House to remove posters invoking the Obama daughters. The attention-grabbing posters feature the photograph of a young African-American girl with a thought bubble stating, “President Obama’s daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don’t I?” and a request to “Reform the Child Nutrition Act.” These posters were part of an overarching campaign to require school nutrition programs to offer vegetarian or vegan meals.

SNA is in the process of developing a well-thought out media and publicity campaign to counter these challenges. This will not be a quick reaction, but rather a comprehensive strategy designed to showcase the strengths of our programs as well as confront the individuals who distort and denigrate our work. The campaign will likely include a press conference and some national media coverage. SNA will also work with individuals from other organizations that support the federal child nutrition programs. The intent is to show the activists that enough is enough, SNA members are prepared to react to any challenges they bring in defense of the school nutrition programs.

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Expand School Nutrition Programs

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will introduce legislation in September that will expand school nutrition program participation in high cost areas. The Lowering Urban Nutrition Costs for Healthy Eating at Schools (LUNCHES) Act will ensure that more children in high cost areas have access to free, nutritious meals. If passed, the bill would expand free meals to all children living under 185 percent of the federal poverty line or $40,792 for a family of four. The legislation also includes a component that would increase the reimbursement rate by 70 cents.

For additional information, please visit the Related Link.
Gillibrand and Quinn – “NYC Children Getting Short Changed on Healthy Meals

SNA Back to School Media Tour 2009 Kicks-Off

SNA launched its annual Back to School Media Tour last week in Atlanta, Ga. Rockdale County school nutrition director Peggy Lawrence appeared on Good Day, Atlanta, showcasing the latest in healthy school meals. Click on this link to view the news clip. Stay tuned for future media tour stops in Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, and Washington, DC.

SNA also made an appearance in the New York Times’ Diner’s Journal blog last week. Highlights from the recently released School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2009 were featured in the post. To view the entry, visit this link.

Anchors Aweigh! SNA is Moving

Pull up the anchor and prepare to set sail! SNA is moving across the Potomac River to a new home. As of Monday, August 31, 2009, the new SNA Headquarters address will be 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. SNA’s phone number, 800-877-8822 will remain the same, however, the local and fax numbers will change. SNA’s new local phone number will be 301-676-3100 and the new fax number will be 301-676-3115. Please keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org as more information becomes available.

Enroll Now: New School Wellness Kit

The National Dairy Council® and local Dairy Councils® have huddled up with the National Football League to help students eat right and stay active with Fuel Up to Play 60, a new school-based program that empowers students to make smart choices about their nutrition and physical activity.

SNA members can sign up for free wellness kits that include colorful displays as well as online access to easy- to-implement activities. These were designed to inspire students to “fuel up” with the food groups kids don’t get enough of – low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to “get up and play” for 60 minutes a day. Fuel Up to Play 60 can be used to complement an existing school wellness program, or to help a school get started.
SNA members can earn CEUs when implementing Fuel Up to Play. Complete information on how to earn CEUS for Fuel Up to Play 60 will be available in September. Enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year is underway and supplies are limited. To order a free kit (one per school) please sign up at www.SchoolWellnessKit.org.


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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