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January 19, 2010

 

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USDA Announces $25 Million in Food Service Equipment Grants

First Lady to Support Efforts Promoting Healthy Habits for Kids

Minnesota Representative Ellison Calls for Expansion of Schools Meals

SNA Joins USDA, National Dairy Council, and NFL in Fuel Up to Play 60 Event

CNIC 2010: Opportunities Seized, Challenges Explored

Register Now for LAC 2010!

Sign Up for USDA’s Commodity Alert System!

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

USDA Announces $25 Million in Food Service Equipment Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $25 million in grants to help school nutrition programs replace old and outdated equipment with new, energy efficient appliances. The funding is a one-time fiscal year 2010 appropriation.

These funds will be awarded to school food authorities that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and did not receive equipment grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus bill). Priority will be given to school districts where 50 percent or more students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

For additional information, including the amount given to each state, please visit the link below.

Secretary Vilsack Announces $25 Million for New School Foodservice Equipment

First Lady to Support Efforts Promoting Healthy Habits for Kids

In a roundtable interview with reporters this week, First Lady Michelle Obama stated that she will launch a campaign against childhood obesity this year. The First Lady is pushing for changes to the National School Lunch Program, as well as other areas. Throughout the first year of the Obama Administration, the First Lady has appeared at a number of events promoting healthy lifestyles, including the White House Healthy Kids Fair and a lunchtime visit to the Hollins Meadow Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. Mrs. Obama noted that she hopes that her efforts result in measurable changes in children’s health.

Michelle Obama: No Need for 1st Year Do-overs – Associated Press

Minnesota Representative Ellison Calls for Expansion of Schools Meals

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison (D) called on members of Congress to join him in expanding eligibility for the school meals program. In a Dear Colleague letter, Ellison encouraged members of Congress to join him and 40 other members in co-sponsoring H.R. 3705, the expand School Meals Act of 2009. If passed, the legislation would make school meals free for all children with family incomes below 185% of poverty guidelines, eliminating the reduced price category.

SNA Joins USDA, National Dairy Council, and NFL in Fuel Up to Play 60 Event

School Nutrition Association Executive Director Barbara Belmont joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, National Dairy Council CEO Tom Gallagher and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell at a New York City public school today to support Fuel Up to Play 60, a campaign to fight and defeat childhood obesity. A unique partnership between USDA, the National Dairy Council® and local Dairy Councils® and the NFL has produced a new school-based program that empowers students to make smart choices about their nutrition and physical activity. SNA members who have signed up for the program’s free activation kits are playing a critical role in bringing this innovative campaign into schools.

The program’s free kits, available at www.FuelUpToPlay60.com (one per school), include colorful displays as well as online access to easy- to-implement activities. These were designed to inspire students to “fuel up” with the food groups kids don’t get enough of – low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to “get up and play” for 60 minutes a day. Fuel Up to Play 60 can be used to complement an existing school wellness program, or to help a school get started.

SNA members can earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) when implementing Fuel Up to Play 60. To find out more about earning CEUs, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/fueluptoplay60.
Click here to read the National Dairy Council’s press release on the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign.

CNIC 2010: Opportunities Seized, Challenges Explored

The variety of complex and challenging “new world expectations” for school meal programs requires an audacious response by all key stakeholders: operators, school administrators, industry and government. And a common theme echoed by many speakers at this year’s event was the critical importance of raising awareness about the bold and exciting initiatives already being explored in many districts—and among many partners.

From the conference’s general sessions to its new product “Innovation Station” overviews to the 21st annual FAME awards, CNIC made it abundantly clear that the school segment is rich with dynamic and committed professionals who are busting all myths and misperceptions about school meal programs on a daily basis.

For the full press release, http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13407&blogid=622

Tackling the Toughest Issues Facing School Nutrition: http://www.foodchannel.com/stories/2315-tackling-the-toughest-issues-facing-school-nutrition  

CNIC Day 2. New World Expectations: No Hormones, No Preservatives, Go Green and Turn a Few Cartwheels
http://foodchannel.com/stories/2331-cnic-day-2-new-world-expectations-no-hormones-no-preservatives-go-green-and-turn-a-few-cartwheels-

Register Now for LAC 2010!

Hurry! The Early Bird registration deadline for SNA’s 2010 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is drawing near—January 15th. Register now and save!
The voices of school nutrition always ring out loud and clear during LAC, and this year will be no different. Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and prepare to shape and define national policy relating to school nutrition. SNA’s 38th annual LAC will take place February 28-March 3, 2010, at the JW Marriott Hotel, in the heart of the nation’s capital.

When you register, consider signing up for a pre-conference session. These sessions will be held on Saturday, February 27th and cover timely issues facing school nutrition programs. 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

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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