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December 8, 2009

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USA Today Series on School Food Safety Continues

FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Report Card

New USDA Study Helps Identify Strategies to Improve Nutrition of School Meals

School Nutrition Directors: Participate in the Afterschool Meal Program!

New Issue of the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management Released

Web Based Supply Chain Management Offers GovDelivery

Improvements in School Nutrition Have Positive Influence on Youth Eating Behaviors

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State and Federal Legislation

USA Today Series on School Food Safety Continues

The December 2 issue of USA Today featured the second story in an investigative series on food safety in school meals. “Why a recall of tainted beef didn't include school lunches” reported on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policies for recalling potentially tainted foods supplied to school meals programs.

A corresponding article, “Family's nightmare began with secondary infection,” told the story of a girl who was sickened during an E. coli outbreak associated with undercooked beef served in a local school. The incident occurred in 1998, prior to the implementation of national HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles--a system designed to identify and eliminate food-borne hazards through every step of foodservice operations.

Please visit the link below to read the full press release and to find talking points on how school nutrition programs maintain superior food safety records, and how SNA has called on the federal government to improve its procedures to provide timely and accurate notifications to schools.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13316&blogid=622

FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Report Card

School breakfast participation continues to rise, according to a report released yesterday by the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC). According to FRAC’s annual School Breakfast Report Card, school breakfast participation increased 4% during the 2007-2008 school year, with 10.5 million children served daily.

The School Breakfast Program began as a pilot program in 1966 with the intent of making sure children started the school day with the boost breakfast can give. School breakfast is available to children from all socio-economic backgrounds. Studies continue to demonstrate the links between breakfast and learning, making the case stronger for more schools to expand breakfast participation and making sure all children participate. In 2007-2008, 49.5 low-income children ate school breakfast for every 100 children who ate school lunch.

Please visit the related links for more information.

FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Report Card

New USDA Study Helps Identify Strategies to Improve Nutrition of School Meals

The ERS (USDA’s Economic Research Service) released the study entitled Meeting Total Fat Requirements for School Lunches on December 2. The study found that many school policies and practices take into consideration the fat content of the meals that are served through the National School Lunch Program. A previous USDA report found that only one in five schools serves lunches that meet the USDA standard for total fat, although many schools met requirements set for vitamins, protein, calcium and iron.

School policies and practices that contribute to lower fat lunches and often meet the USDA requirement for fat content tend to include the promotion of fresh fruits and vegetables or locally grown foods. The availability of low fat dairy products, and the adoption of a “nutrient content” meal planning method also contributes to school lunches with a lower fat content.

To read the full ERS study, please click here: www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR87.

School Nutrition Directors: Participate in the Afterschool Meal Program!

Is your state new to the Afterschool Meal Program? Do you have questions about how to get a program started? Or, has your state been operating the program for a while but needs to kick up efforts?

The Food Research and Action Center, the Afterschool Alliance and the School Nutrition Association are hosting a conference call on December 15 at 1 p.m. EST to answer these questions and more. Speakers will provide information on how the program works and how to start participating. Experts will be on the phone to answer your questions.

Thirteen states—Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin—and the District of Columbia are now included in the Afterschool Meal Program, which makes it easier to provide meals at programs operating after school, on weekends, and on school holidays. The afterschool program simply has to be located in a low-income area where 50% of the children in the local elementary, middle or high school are qualified for free or reduced-price school meals.

Please join us on December 15 at 1. Click here to register for the call.

New Issue of the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management Released

The Fall 2009 issue of the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management features articles focusing on a variety of topics, including the school milk pilot project, nutrient comparison of school lunch versus home packed lunch, human resources information for directors and managers and a recess before lunch checklist. The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management publishes research findings and other relevant information applicable to school nutrition foodservice and in the areas of foodservice facilities, food quality and production, management, program evaluation, nutrition standards and nutrition education. It is published bi-annually by the School Nutrition Association.

To view the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management:

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=13195

Web Based Supply Chain Management Offers GovDelivery

A new service called GovDelivery has just been implemented with FNS. If you are interested in receiving notifications of updates made to the WBSCM (Web Based Supply Chain Management) website, please visit this link:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/WBSCM/default.htm

Improvements in School Nutrition Have Positive Influence on Youth Eating Behaviors

A recent study released by the Yale Office of Public Affairs found that students in schools that removed unhealthy foods and beverages were not prone to increasing their consumption of these foods while at home, as compared to students in schools that did not make changes in the offering of unhealthy foods and beverages. Additionally, the Yale University study showed that the changes did not exacerbate problems of body and weight dissatisfaction among students, as some critics warned.

The study appears in the December issue of Health, Education & Behavior and can be found here:

http://www.opa.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=7129



State and Federal Legislation (login required)
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