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August 25, 2009

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SNA is Moving! Office will be CLOSED August 28th

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

SNA Professional Standards Task Force Holds Meeting

SNA Makes Headlines in the New York Times

Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity: IOM and NRC Obesity Report Briefing

SNA Announces Dates for Fall 2009 Industry Boot Camp

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

SNA is Moving! Office will be CLOSED August 28th

Moving day has nearly arrived for SNA Headquarters! That’s right, after months of planning and a busy few weeks of packing up, on Friday SNA will be saying goodbye to its Alexandria, Va., home for the last 20 years and setting sail across the Potomac River to its new port of call in National Harbor, Md.

SNA’s new address will be:
120 Waterfront St, Suite 300
National Harbor, MD 20745

Due to the move, SNA will be closed on Friday, August 28th. During this time, you will not be able to reach SNA staff via phone or e-mail, as we transition our computer systems between buildings. The SNA website, www.schoolnutrition.org, also may be down during this time. On Monday, August 31st, SNA will be open and ready to assist members with all of their needs. There may be a few minor glitches, including down phone or e-mail service, so please be patient. SNA is committed to keeping these response delays to a minimum.

SNA’s address is not the only thing changing. As SNA is moving to a new state, the main phone and fax numbers will be changing to:
Phone: (301) 686-3100
Fax: (301) 686-3115

The Service Center’s 800 number will remain the same, as will all staff e-mail addresses.
Thank you for your patience. The next time you’re visiting Washington, D.C., be sure to sail on down the Potomac River and visit SNA’s new headquarters office. We'd love to see you!

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

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with USDA, will be offering a special webinar today! Join USDA Deputy Under Secretary 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. The webinar will be held from 2:00-3:30 EDT, Tuesday August 25, 2009.

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 the 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.

Included in the webinar will be a message from Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack as well as a recorded message from USDA’s Secretary Arne Duncan.

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

SNA Professional Standards Task Force Holds Meeting

Recently, an Ad Hoc Committee of SNA Past Presidents presented to the SNA Board of Directors a proposal calling for the establishment of standards for professionally qualified directors of school nutrition programs at the State and LEA levels. As part of SNA's annual plan of work the Association believes there is a need to elevate its actions on this issue, especially as it relates to Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

As a follow up to this action, the House of Delegates held a mega issue discussion at the SNA 2009 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas to determine whether the Association should adopt and advocate for Federal professional standards as part of the Child Nutrition and Reauthorization Act. The outcome of that discussion was overwhelmingly in favor of developing some type of professional standards and that it was best for SNA to lead the way.

A Task Force convened on August 20-22, 2009 in National Harbor, MD to draft the initial standards. The professional standards recommendations will be posted on the SNA website and will provide members an opportunity to submit written comments. A blog will also be created where additional discussion can be held. Following the discussion period, the recommendations will be shared with other groups and allied associations. Board approval of the standards will be held this fall at SNA's annual Committee Days which will be held in October.

SNA encourages all members to participate in this process. The information should be posted very soon to the SNA website. Please continue to visit the SNA website and the blog to review and comment.

SNA Makes Headlines in the New York Times

SNA Past President Dr. Katie Wilson, Ph.D, SNS called for additional funding, national nutrition standards, professional standards for school nutrition directors, and streamlined school nutrition programs in a article published in the Wednesday, August 19, 2009 issue of the New York Times. The piece looked at the many issues surrounding the school nutrition programs as Congress reauthorizes them this year. Some of the issues discussed include the rising cost of school meals and the need for updated national nutrition standards. Also quoted in the article was Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan. She noted that interest is high in Washington, DC and that there is great opportunity for the school nutrition programs this year.

Stars Aligning On School Lunches – New York Times

Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity: IOM and NRC Obesity Report Briefing

A public briefing will be held on Tuesday, September 1st as a result of the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) report titled, Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

The meeting will commence with a brief presentation by members of the Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention Actions for Local Governments and will be followed by a panel of participants including: Eduardo Sanchez, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (committee chair), Peggy Beltrone, Commissioner, Cascade County Commission, Great Falls, MT (committee member), Mary Story, Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (committee member), Adewale Troutman, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (committee member), and Toni Yancey, Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health (committee member).
The briefing will be held Tuesday, September 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2100 C St., NW, Washington, DC. The National Academy of Sciences Building is near the Foggy Bottom metro station. Advance registration is recommended due to space limitations. If you wish to register to attend, please RSVP by noon on Friday, August 28 at www.iom.edu/obesitylocalgovs.

Those who cannot attend the public briefing are invited to participate by listening to a live audio webcast of the event. The webcast link will become available at the time of the event, at: www.nationalacademies.org. The webcast requires RealPlayer software.

For general questions about the report, please contact Nicole Ferring at (202) 334-2733 or nferring@nas.edu.

SNA Announces Dates for Fall 2009 Industry Boot Camp

The Fall 2009 Industry Boot Camp will take place November 5-6, 2009 at the Westin Hotel in National Harbor, MD. Industry Boot Camp is an intense educational seminar designed to help industry members understand the ins and outs of the school nutrition marketplace. SNA senior staff specialists will share their knowledge and expertise in this two-day seminar, which features:

  • A director guided tour of a high school cafeteria
  • Face to face time with a panel of school nutrition directors
  • And sessions on program regulations, market trends, and legislation.

To register for this program and for additional information, please visit the link below.

Industry Boot Camp Fall 2009

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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