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January 5, 2010

 

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USA Today Reports on Ways to Improve School Food Safety

Register Now for LAC 2010!

Economy Hits School Cafeterias

American School Board Journal Features Pair of School Nutrition Articles

FRAC’s Afterschool Resource Center

Sign Up for USDA’s Commodity Alert System!

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

USA Today Reports on Ways to Improve School Food Safety

As part of an ongoing series on school meals, USA Today’s latest story reports on steps the federal government should take to further improve school food safety. “Schools could learn lessons on food safety” focuses on purchasing and testing standards for USDA’s Commodity Programs.

SNA President Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS, executive director of Food and Child Nutrition Services for the Dallas Independent School District in Texas,provided a quote to USA Today saying, “Federal officials must do more to notify schools when they identify food safety hazards. (The USDA and the FDA should) strengthen recall and food safety communications and bring this system into the digital age.”

USA Today Reports on Ways to Improve School Food Safety

Register Now for LAC 2010!

Register now for the premier school nutrition event in Washington, DC! SNA’s 38th Annual Legislative Action Conference will be held on February 28-March 3, 2010 at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s LAC promises to be more important than ever, as Congress is expected to vote on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. By attending LAC, you will help influence and shape the direction of the child nutrition programs for the next several years.

Along with the fantastic general sessions and keynote speakers, conference attendees will also have the opportunity to attend two stimulating pre-conference sessions. These sessions will be held on Saturday, February 27th. Space is limited, so register today!

  • Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with Special Diets – Food allergies and intolerances encompass far more than peanut allergies. School nutrition programs also must serve students with special dietary needs, including gluten-free diets and phenylketonuria (PKU – protein deficiency). In this session, learn about these types of diets from a medical professional specializing in food allergies, intolerances and special dietary concerns, and understand the legalities of providing meals for students with special dietary needs. In the final hour, a special school nutrition director’s panel will discuss their strategies for providing meals to students with special diets.
  • Fiscal Challenges and Budgeting Solutions – Do you struggle with the controversial question of how to manage delinquent meal charges and the havoc they wreak on your school foodservice budget? Do you grapple with escalating indirect costs? Are you scrounging for new ways to stretch every penny and maintain your program’s fiscal integrity? You are not alone! Find out how these challenges are impacting school nutrition programs across the nation, hear how some school districts are rising to the challenge and learn some unique tactics for controlling costs and maximizing your resources.

For registration information, please visit the link below.

LAC 2010

Economy Hits School Cafeterias

Wyoming school districts may have to reduce cafeteria staff and food options, or raise meal prices for the 2010-11 school year. A law providing a supplemental funding for the school nutrition programs will expire in June and it will probably not be renewed. School officials hoped the state legislature would extend the supplement, but an effort to extend the bill failed. Without additional funding from the state, Wyoming school nutrition directors expect their programs will face increased financial pressure.

Economy Hits School Cafeterias - Casper Tribune

American School Board Journal Features Pair of School Nutrition Articles

The January issue of American School Board Journal features a pair of articles on the school nutrition programs. The first article, “Should You Serve Universal Breakfast?,” examined school districts that provide breakfast to all students. The article features quotes from SNA president Dora Rivas that discuss the challenges and benefits of promoting a universal breakfast program in their school district. Several school districts are highlighted as successfully providing universal breakfast programs.

The second article, “Fuel For Thought,” was written by Jane Hentzler, school nutrition director for the Lee’s Summit School District in Missouri, the winner of the 2009 District of the Year Award. The article discusses how her district has maintained a successful school nutrition program, despite financial challenges. She also writes about how school nutrition programs are a solution for providing healthy and nutritious meals to students and deserve investment from the community.

American School Board Journal

Afterschool Snack and Supper Program Resources Now Available

Is your school nutrition program considering hosting an afterschool snack or supper program? Be sure to check out FRAC’s Afterschool Resource Center. The Afterschool Resource Center provides a variety of information, best practices, outreach materials, tools and strategies to help provide more healthy snacks and meals to children.

http://www.frac.org/afterschool/index.html

Sign Up for USDA’s Commodity Alert System!

Quickly learn about USDA commodity food safety alerts by signing up for the USDA Commodity Alert System. Click on the following link to sign up for the system.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/fd_foodsafety.htm

 

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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