Tuesday Morning - February 23, 2010



February 23, 2010

Table of Contents

LAC 2010 Begins This Weekend!

Urge Congress to Support a Strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Global Child Nutrition Foundation to Honor Former USDA Secretary of Agriculture

Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs Discussed at USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

First Lady Announces New Website for Let’s Move Campaign

Obama Administration Details Healthy Food Financing Initiative

Vilsack to Address Child Nutrition Reauthorization at the National Press Club Today

2010 School Food Equipment Grants

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

LAC 2010 Begins This Weekend!

SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is only a few days away! Dynamic new speakers have been added to the conference agenda. Here are some highlights:

  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) will address conference attendees during the closing general session on Wednesday, March 3rd. Also speaking during the closing general session are Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
  • Other key Congressional and USDA officials will speak throughout the conference. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will speak during the 2nd general session on Monday, March 1st. Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon, and Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Janey Thornton will both address attendees during the afternoon general sessions on March 1st.
  • Speaking at this year’s annual banquet is Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Assistant Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York.
  • The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the school nutrition programs on Tuesday, March 2nd at 2:30 PM in room 2261 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing will serve as the Committee’s official “kickoff” for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Be sure to attend this very important hearing!
  • Space is limited! Register for one of two dynamic preconference sessions! The first session on Saturday, February 27th, Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with Special Diets, looks at providing meals to children with special dietary needs. In the second session, Fiscal Challenges, Budgeting Solutions and Grant Writing Techniques, participants will learn how to confront the financial challenges facing school nutrition programs and identify unique tactics for controlling costs and maximizing resources.

For additional information about LAC 2010, including registration, please visit the LAC link below, and as always, stay posted by visiting

LAC 2010

Urge Congress to Support a Strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

President Obama has included $1 billion in his FY2011 budget for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Urge your member of Congress to support a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. Send an action alert to your elected leaders, asking them to support SNA’s priorities for Reauthorization 2010, including:

  • provide adequate funding for school meals
  • implement consistent, national guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • define what expenses can be paid for with the funds appropriated.

To submit an action alert, please visit the link below:

Support Child Nutrition 2010

One Week Away! The Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s A Possible Dream Gala

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) looks forward to presenting the 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition (GWLAA) to Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture, on March 2. The Gala will be held from 7:00-10:00pm at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C.

GCNF will hold a silent auction during the Gala and the bidding will begin on Sunday during LAC. Please stop by the GCNF booth during LAC to bid! Items that will be auctioned off include:

  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & the Royal Beach Casino: four days, three nights including tax and services
  • J.W. Marriott Certificate – three days, two nights, dinner included
  • Painting of Bono by Eric Wahl
  • A gift from The Warm Heart of Africa: Malawi

The following presenters will celebrate the champions of child nutrition alongside GCNF: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services; Catherine Ann Bertini, Former CEO, UN World Food Programme and James D. Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center

Seats for the Gala are being filled quickly, so please make your reservation soon for this event! For any questions or to make reservations, please contact Nicole Bernard, Operations Coordinator, at (800) 877-8822 or For more information, please see:

Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs Discussed at USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

The federal nutrition assistance programs, including the school nutrition programs, were a focus of discussions during the USDA’s annual Agriculture Outlook Forum, held February 18-19, 2010 in Washington, DC. USDA Food and Nutrition Assistance Administrator Julie Paradis moderated a panel that discussed the role of the nutrition safety net in the United States. The panel’s first speaker, Lisa Pino, Deputy Administrator of the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP), provided remarks on the nutrition assistance programs role during the current recession. She noted that FNS’s two main goals are to end childhood hunger by 2015 and to battle the obesity crisis. Pino also stated that increasing access to school meals and expanding farm-to-school programs are key elements in achieving these goals.

Other speakers on the panel discussed nutrition education initiatives and improving access to food. Doug O’Brien, Vice President of International Policy, Research, and Planning at Feeding America spoke about how public programs are necessary for a sustained response to hunger. He also emphasized the importance of private sector, non-profits, and government agencies working together to provide food assistance to individuals that need it. Helen Chipman, National Program Leader for Food and Nutrition Education at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture discussed several nutrition education initiatives her organization oversees. She noted that real world concerns, such as food safety, health, food security, and economic issues must be included in educating people about nutrition.

The Agriculture Outlook Forum is an annual event held by the USDA. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Agriculture: The Key to Health and Prosperity.” Keynote speakers at the forum included Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber, and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

First Lady Announces New Website for Let’s Move Campaign

Michelle Obama announced that a new website, will serve as a portal for the public to use to stay informed of the Administration’s obesity efforts. The website includes topics such as “Healthy Choices”, “Healthier Schools”, “Physical Activity”, and “Accessible & Affordable Healthy Foods”. The website offers support to the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Stated on the website are the goals of increasing involvement in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge Program and reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act to help achieve a healthier school environment.

One of the selections on the home page is “Healthier Schools”. After clicking on “Healthier Schools”, the option “Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories” is an option on the right side bar. Visitors to the site can search success stories by state. SNA members are strongly encouraged to submit their updated accomplishments to this list if they have not already done so.

Please click here for a short-cut to “Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories” and add a school success story that you are proud to share!

Obama Administration Details Healthy Food Financing Initiative

The Obama Administration plans to invest $400 million in the Healthy Food Financing Initiative which is a partnership between the Departments of Treasury, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services. This Initiative will bring together healthy food retailers and grocery stores to communities across America often considered to be”food deserts”, which are underserved urban and rural communities. The Obama Administration aims to eliminate food deserts nationwide within seven years.

Announced in Philadelphia by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Michelle Obama appeared with them as well. The announced initiative is a facet of a robust commitment by the Obama Administration to promote economic recovery and strategically revitalize communities.

To read the full press release:

Vilsack to Address Child Nutrition Reauthorization at the National Press Club Today

Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack will address the National Press Club on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. Secretary Vilsack will begin his remarks at 1 p.m. The Luncheon will highlight the Obama Administration’s priorities for the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. Vilsack will advocate for a Reauthorization bill that will improve the health and nutrition of children in the United States.

2010 School Food Equipment Grants

On January 14, 2010, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $25 million in grants to help school nutrition programs replace outdated equipment with new energy efficient appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and other food service related equipment. This funding is a one-time fiscal year 2010 appropriation. These grants will be awarded to school districts that operate the National School Lunch Program and did not receive equipment grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus bill). Any district may apply, but priority will be given to school districts where 50 percent or more students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Follow this link for resources and tools designed to help school nutrition professionals utilize this grant program:



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