Tuesday Morning - November 17, 2009



November 17, 2009

Table of Contents

Reauthorization of U.S. Child Nutrition Programs, Hearing today

Chairman Miller Asks GAO to Expand Investigation into Contaminated Beef in School Meals

Feeding America Child Nutrition Briefing

Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk!

This Week! Educate Your Community

SNF Webinar Wednesday, November 18

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

Reauthorization of U.S. Child Nutrition Programs, Hearing Today

Today, Tuesday November 17, there will be a Senate hearing from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This hearing will examine reauthorization of the United States child nutrition programs and focus on opportunities to improve child health and fight hunger.

Panel 1 will feature the Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Panel 2 will feature the following:

  • 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 of Compliance
    Bentonville, AR

Chairman Miller Asks GAO to Expand Investigation into Contaminated Beef in School Meals

Deadly outbreaks of E. coli recently led to a recall of ground beef in major supermarkets and prompted U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, to suggest that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) assess the risk of contaminated beef from the commercial market reaching school meal programs. Miller’s letter points to recent media reports that drew the consumers’ attention toward the large quantities of recalled ground beef in the commercial marketplace. Although, at the time of his letter, there were no reports of school meal programs being affected by contaminated products, Miller’s aim is to minimize school’s risk for providing contaminated products by calling for further investigation by the GAO. Miller specifically asked in his letter that the GAO also consider what kinds of protocols exist to ensure that meats purchased outside of the USDA commodity program are in fact, safe to serve.

The full text of the letter can be found here:  

Feeding America Child Nutrition Briefing

Feeding America –the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity – held a Child Nutrition Briefing for Senate and House staff on Thursday, November 12. Discussion focused on the gaps that face children when school is out of session. Many children’s food needs are not met when they leave school at the end of the day. A school lunch is often the last healthy and balanced meal that a child will receive for the day. Panelists discussed the importance of streamlining and consolidating meal programs, and the necessity of reaching out to struggling children without drawing attention to their need.

The briefing brought several organizations together to discuss their successes and struggles in their respective programs. The panelists included the following:

  • Jeff Dronkers, Chief Programs & Policy Officer, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Alicia Hugulet, Director Public Policy, Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Cherie Jamason, President and CEO, Food Bank of Northern Nevada 
  • Rhonda Sanders, Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
  • Jean Yavis Jones, Senior Policy and Research Counsel, Feeding America

Feeding America’s Local Impact Study takes into account the affect the recession and inflation in unemployment have had on the nation’s food banks. To view the Local Impact Study: Click Here

Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk!

Parents nationwide are being asked to “raise their hands” for chocolate milk as the National Dairy Council and the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) kicked off a new campaign this week. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the unintended consequences of removing chocolate and other flavored milks from school lunches.

Well intentioned efforts to strengthen the nutritional quality of school meals often include efforts to remove flavored milks from school lunch offerings. This campaign attempts to educate the public about the nutrition benefits flavored milk offers children. The campaign’s website,, features facts and science on chocolate milk and its role in children’s diets. The site also encourages parents to sign the Raise Your Hand petition to support. Parents can also join the Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk cause page on Facebook.
To read the full article:

This Week! Educate Your Community

This 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 for additional information and help others learn as well. Have a great Educate Your Community Week!

SNF Webinar Wednesday, November 18

Join School Nutrition Foundation on Wednesday, November 18 at 2:00pm ET for the latest webinar: Marketing School Nutrition through Fuel Up To Play 60.
Learn how to earn CEUs for participation in Fuel Up to Play 60, a new, student-led healthy eating and physical activity program being championed by school nutrition professionals this year. Webinar participants will hear from National Dairy Council® representatives and School Nutrition Directors about Healthy Eating Action Strategies, such as Grab -n- Go Breakfast and Point of Purchase Promo (a way to highlight healthy choices in the cafeteria). Webinar participants will learn how those strategies can help them get buy-in and support for their nutrition programs from students, school administrators, and other school wellness champions.

Schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 receive: a free School Wellness Activation Kit (still available in many areas; enroll at, access to the interactive Fuel Up to Play 60 web site, and an online tracking system for students to record their healthy behaviors and earn points in a nationwide competition. Fuel Up to Play 60 was developed by the National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils, and the National Football League.

To register for this free webinar:


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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