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November 10, 2009

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Schools Improve Direct Certification for School Meal Programs

Congressional Hearing Announced: Reauthorization of U.S. Child Nutrition Programs

Klobuchar, Castle Comment on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Study Shows Half of U.S. Kids Will Get Food Stamps

Agricultural Economics Magazine Focuses on School Nutrition Programs

Mark Your Calendars for Educate Your Community Week

2010 FAME Award Winners Announced

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

Schools Improve Direct Certification for School Meals Programs

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a report on the state of implementation of direct certification for school meals. The report, “Direct Certification of the National School Lunch Program: State Implementation Progress,” found that a number of local education agencies (LEA) or school districts, conducting direct certification rose to 78 percent, up from 67 percent last year. The LEAs conducting direct certification represent approximately 96 percent of all students.

For additional information, please visit the link below:

Schools Improve Direct Certification for School Meal Programs

Congressional Hearing Scheduled: Reauthorization of U.S. Child Nutrition Programs

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry announced a full committee hearing to be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. The witness list is comprised of the following:

Panel 1

  • The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Panel 2

  • Dr. Margaret Bogle, Executive Director, Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Little Rock, AR 
  • Mr. Rich Huddleston, Executive Director, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Little Rock, AR 
  •  Ms. Rhonda Sanders, Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Alliance, Little Rock, AR 
  •  Ms. Jennifer Smith, Director, Compliance, Walmart, Bentonville, AR

The hearing will be the first on Child Nutrition Reauthorization issues for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR) who recently became chair of the Committee.

Klobuchar, Castle Comment on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Last Tuesday, The Hill newspaper included opinion pieces on Child Nutrition Reauthorization from Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Representative Mike Castle (R-Del.). Sen. Klobuchar wrote about the need for school districts to improve the nutritional quality of competitive foods. She wrote about her support of the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act (HR 1324 and S 934), which would require the Secretary of Agriculture to develop nutrition guidelines for all foods sold outside of school meals. Klobuchar also noted the importance of physical activity and pointed out that any nutrition education curriculum or school nutrition program must be complemented by physical activity.

Castle’s piece focused on the success of local school wellness policies. He noted that because of the local wellness policy provision included in the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, school nutrition programs are implementing more nutritious food options and they are encouraging students to lead healthier lifestyles. Castle also discussed the importance of incorporating more physical activity into the school day.

Sen. Klobuchar: Schools must foster exercize and nutrition - The Hill  
Rep. Castle: We should promote healthy lifestyles for America’s kids – The Hill

Study Shows Half of U.S. Kids Will Get Food Stamps

Released in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was an analysis of 30 years of national data on food stamp participation. The findings reveal that nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps during some part of their childhood. The recession has, in many instances, exacerbated the number of those utilizing food stamps. The results indicate that most people know a family who has received food stamps, or will in the future, bringing the issue of poverty closer to home. For more information please visit the following link:

Half of U.S. Kids Will Get Food Stamps - Associated Press

Agricultural Economics Magazine Focuses on School Nutrition Programs

Choices Magazine, a publication of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, focused a recent issue on the federal school nutrition programs. The magazine featured articles on a variety of topics, including the adequacy of federal reimbursement rates, the economics of providing healthier school meals, an evaluation of the success of the commodity food program, and using psychology to influence student choices. To view the publication, please click on the link below.

Weighing Healthy Choices for the School Meals Program – Choices Magazine

Mark Your Calendars for Educate Your Community Week

It’s just around the corner! Next 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. 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. Don’t miss out on Educate Your Community Week!

2010 FAME Award Winners Announced

Three SNA past presidents will be recognized for their longstanding and ongoing contributions to the school nutrition profession at the 2010 FAME Awards ceremony during the 2010 Child Nutrition Industry Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

SNA Past President Karen Johnson, SNS, is well-regarded as an inspirational leader and top-notch foodservice operator, and is the recipient of the 2010 Golden School Foodservice Director of the year. SNA past president, Gene White, RD, SNS, president of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation is the recipient of this year’s Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award. FAME’s first Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Gertrude Applebaum, SNA past president, school nutrition pioneer and independent contractor based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Applebaum will be recognized for her indelible contribution to the school nutrition profession.
To read more about the awards, follow this link:

2010 FAME Award Winners Announced

State and Federal Legislation (login required)
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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