Tuesday Morning - December 1, 2009



December 1, 2009

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USDA Data Confirms Safety of Ground Beef at Schools

Rachael Ray and the New York Public School Nutrition Programs Subject of Nightline Report

Bread for the World Releases 2010 Hunger Report

Presidential Proclamation - National Farm-City Week, 2009

SNF Special Webinar: Become a District of Excellence!

SNA Legislative Action Center

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From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

USDA Data Confirms Safety of Ground Beef at Schools

Recent USDA data shows that the agency’s efforts to reduce the risk of contaminated ground beef reaching school lunch lines has been successful. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) confirmed that there has been one positive detection of E. coli 0157:H7 since 2005. The AMS requirements specify that the product must be held during testing and diverted from USDA contracts, which prevents contaminated beef from entering schools. If a product tests positively for containing a pathogen, it cannot be delivered to meet contract requirements.

As much as 20 percent of all food served in school meals is a USDA-provided food.

Stats Show Safety Level of School Ground Beef

Rachael Ray and the New York Public School Nutrition Program Subject of Nightline Report

Last week, ABC Nightline featured Rachael Ray and her work with the New York City Public School’s school nutrition program. Ray and her Yum-o! Foundation helped create a healthy meal to be served to students in all New York City public schools. She eventually hopes to expand the New York City model nationwide. During the interview, Ray discussed the need for more support from national, state, and local governments. “The next layer is getting through to our representatives, at every level, local and national, saying we demand access to fruits and vegetables in every community in America," stated Ray. She also noted that great strides the school district has made prior to her involvement, pointing out that they have very little money to spend.

To view the segment, please visit the link below.

Rachael Ray Give Cafeteria Food a “Yum-o” Upgrade – ABC Nightline

Bread for the World Releases 2010 Hunger Report

Last week, Bread for the World released the 2010 Hunger Report: A Just and Sustainable Recovery during a briefing on Capitol Hill, The event’s panel discussion featured speakers from Alliance to End Hunger, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Hip Hop Caucus, Oxfam America and other organizations. Panelists agreed that the recession should be seen as an opportunity to create a recovery that is just and sustainable. The clean energy movement is a way to link job creation, improvements in food security, and climate change into the same conversation. The 2010 Hunger Report is largely based on the idea that climate change and food insecurity are challenges as well as important economic opportunities.

To view the 2010 Hunger Report, please visit the link below.

Presidential Proclamation - National Farm-City Week, 2009

President Obama declared National Farm-City Week as a way to express gratitude for the contributions of the Nation’s farmers and ranchers for providing Americans with healthy food. President Obama used the opportunity to encourage greater access to healthy food. In his proclamation, he spoke of the rich history that farming has held in the American way of life. President Obama proclaimed the week ending on Thanksgiving Day of each year as National Farm-City Week.

SNF Special Webinar: Become a District of Excellence!

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the National Dairy Council will be offering a FREE special webinar on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 2:30 to 3:45 PM EST, entitled “Make Your Way to Excellence and Become a District of Excellence”.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to find out why you want to be a District of Excellence! Join SNA President and SNF Board Member, Dora Rivas to learn how the Keys to Excellence Best Practice Standards and the District of Excellence program can help you benchmark your program and elevate its public image in your community. Melanie Konarik will discuss how Spring ISD’s recognition in 2008 as a District of Excellence and District of the Year boosted the professional image of school nutrition staff and services among district administration and the community at large. SNF will also share practical tips for submitting a successful District of Excellence application and increasing your chances of being named the 2010 District of the Year. The Keys to Excellence program has been the foundation of SNA’s certification program and SNF’s professional development efforts for over 15 years.
To learn more information or to register, please visit the link below.

State and Federal Legislation (login required)
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