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Tuesday Morning - October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

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National School Lunch Week is an All-Star Success!

In the Pressure Cooker: School Meals Face Rising Costs and Participation

Fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Announced

School Nutrition Bill on the Table for Ohio Lawmakers

Three Schools Recently Recognized as Recipients of Healthier US School Challenge Award

Educate Your Community Week Updates

Whole Grains Focus of November School Nutrition Workshop

SNF and Kraft Foodservice Announce November 4 Webinar!

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

National School Lunch Week is an All-Star Success!

This year’s National School Lunch Week was an All-Star Success! This year’s theme, “All-Star School Lunch,” encouraged students to learn about the importance of eating healthy school meals and physical activity. School districts across the country celebrated the week with special NBA-inspired menus and invited parents, local celebrities, and area sports heroes to enjoy balanced and nutritious school lunches with students. Take a look at some of the activities around the country by visiting the link below.

National School Lunch Week is an All-Star Success
National School Lunch Week Makes Headlines

In the Pressure Cooker: School Meals Face Rising Costs and Participation

As more of America’s children are depending on free and reduced price school meals during the economic downturn, schools are grappling with rising costs that surpass the federal reimbursement rate for these meals.

According to a new School Nutrition Association (SNA) report (pdf), released during National School Lunch Week (Oct. 12-16), three-quarters of school nutrition directors surveyed nationwide said that the National School Lunch Program Reimbursement was not sufficient to cover the costs of producing a meal during the 2008-2009 school year, nor do they anticipate the reimbursement to cover costs for the current school year.

SNA has found that the average cost to prepare and serve a school lunch that meets federal nutritional standards is $2.92, but the federal reimbursement rate for that free lunch is only $2.68, leaving financially strapped schools to make up the substantial funding gap. SNA is calling on Congress to provide greater federal support for school meals during reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act this fall.

For additional information, please visit the link below.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13108&blogid=564

Fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Announced

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS) and Research, Education and Economics (REE) joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of
Public Health and Science (OPHS) in announcing the Fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting and Solicitation of Written Comments.

Written comments related to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans must be received by 5 p.m. E.S.T. on October 28, 2009, prior to the Committee’s November 4-5 meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to review the most relevant scientific literature and open Committee deliberations related to the dietary guidelines. The Committee will synthesize the results into an advisory report and submit it to the Secretaries in both the USDA and HHS departments.

School Nutrition Bill on the Table for Ohio Lawmakers

A proposal to improve school nutrition is moving through the Ohio House of Representatives. On Wednesday, the House Health Committee approved of a plan that will require vending machines of public schools to only sell food products that meet declared nutritional standards. The standards set take into account the student’s age and limit the number of calories within the snacks. Legislators introduced the bill as a reaction to the growing issue of childhood obesity.

The bill states that each school district board of education will enforce standards that will dictate the kind of food that may be sold on school grounds and will allot an acceptable time frame during which these items may be sold. The bill also re-defines the following terms: added sweeteners, snack, and processed sugar.

To view the complete bill, click on the State and Federal Legislative Link at the top of Tuesday Morning.

To view the related article: http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared/story/Ohio-Lawmakers-Considering-School-Nutrition-Bill/uoYN_t6yz0-ZGWby_fbsFg.cspx

School Nutrition Programs Recently Recognized as Recipients of Healthier US School Challenge Award

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited West Elementary School in Knoxville, IA to highlight efforts to improve school nutrition and combat childhood obesity through USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge. The Knoxville Elementary School is a gold-level school and has exceeded standards by providing healthier food choices, nutrition education, and physical activity to its students.
Other schools were also recognized for their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity this month, including Gooding Elementary School in Gooding, ID (Gold Award of Distinction); Camargo, Mapleton, and Mt. Sterling Elementary Schools in Montgomery County, KY (Gold Award), R.R. Oehrili Elementary School in Montague, MI (Gold Award); West Corinth, East Corinth, and South Elementary Schools in Corinth, MS (Gold Award); Calvin Coolidge, Theodore Roosevelt, Horace Mann, Woodrow Wilson, MacArthur and Benjamin Franklin Elementary Schools in Binghamton, NY (Gold Award); and Willamina Elementary School in Willamina, OR (Silver Award).
Additionally, the Orange County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) in Florida was recognized with a United States Department of Agriculture Distinguished Food and Nutrition Services Best Practice Award.
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) was created to recognize schools that are developing healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. To learn more about this program, visit the link below.

HealthierUS School Challenge

Educate Your Community Week Updates

New information has been added to the SNA website regarding Educate Your Community Week. Please check back for periodic updates and let us know about your plans for this exciting week!

November 16-20, 2009 is Educate Your Community Week. SNA encourages you to help educate community officials, teachers, students, and parents on the importance of the School Lunch Program. Recently, the school nutrition programs have received some less than favorable media attention. It’s particularly important with the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization to set the record straight. Please start early in developing a plan for Educate Your Community Week. SNA invites you to share success stories and creative ideas for education about the School Lunch Program. Please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org for additional information and help others learn as well.

Whole Grains Focus of November School Nutrition Workshop

The Grains for Health Foundation is sponsoring a workshop on Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 12, 2009 9:00 am-4:30 p.m. The workshop will consist of school foodservice directors and personnel, food industry product developers and distributors, and experts from farm-to-school programs. They will collaborate on current topics including, how schools buy foods to improve efficiency, the use of whole-grain and nutrient-dense foods, new product development. They will also have the opportunity to offer input to influence Grains for Health Foundation’s work in improving child health. Additionally, there will be a hands-on session aimed at examining product and recipe development for school foodservice.

SNF and Kraft Foodservice Announce November 4 Webinar!

This webinar will feature experts from school nutrition operations as well as the Afterschool Alliance. The webinar will focus on meeting the needs of students for energy and nourishment as they extend their school day through USDA’s available afterschool snack programs. Participants will leave the experience ready to streamline food and labor costs and identify solutions to common operational challenges. Expert speakers will share ideas and best practices on partnering with both schools and community organizations on afterschool snacks. The webinar will also include key trends identified by SNA surrounding afterschool snacks as well as an overview of legislative and regulatory priorities surrounding the afterschool environment.

For complete information, including registration, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/afterschool


 
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