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August 3, 2010

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Tell Congress: Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization Now!

SNA Joins Chairman Lincoln in Calling for Swift Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization

SNA Signs-On to Letters to Senate and House Leadership

SNA Joins Other Organizations in Opposing Cuts to SNAP

Massachusetts Governor Signs School Nutrition Bill

Childhood Obesity Briefing

Submit Your School Nutrition Success Story at www.TrayTalk.org

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Tell Congress: Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization Now!

Time is running out for Congress to pass a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill before the November elections. Now is the time to ask your Members of Congress to bring H.R. 5504 to the floor for consideration and a vote. SNA has posted a checklist with a few suggestions to help you assist SNA in pushing Child Nutrition Reauthorization:

  • Send an Action Alert – Send an Action Alert to your Congressional representatives. Click here tosend an email letter directly to your Member of Congress.
  • Sign SNA’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization Petition – SNA collected more than 1,500 signatures from SNA members during ANC 2010 in Dallas. If you weren’t able to sign the petition at ANC, you can now add your name online. Click here to read and sign the petition. You can also print off the letter and encourage SNA members to sign the petition at local chapter meetings.
  • Call the White House and your Member of Congress - It's easy to call the President or your Member of Congress. To reach the White House comments line, dial 202-456-1111. To contact your Member of Congress, dial the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Member of Congress. When you call, be sure to say: Our kids cannot afford to wait! Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization, now! Please support H.R. 5504!
  • Schedule a Meeting with Your Member of Congress – Don’t just call your Member of Congress; schedule an appointment with him or her at their district office! Meeting face to face with your Congressional representative or their staff is an effect of way of indicating your support for reauthorization. Click this link to look up your Member of Congress.

To view the full checklist: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14202&blogid=622

SNA Joins Chairman Lincoln in Calling for Swift Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) joined Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and numerous child nutrition advocacy organizations in an event on July 29 calling on Congress to take immediate action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation.

With few days remaining on the Congressional calendar prior to the Child Nutrition Act’s September 30th expiration, Congress has little remaining time to debate this legislation, which is critical to national efforts to promote healthy eating habits for children in the midst of a growing childhood obesity epidemic.

Please see links below for Sen. Lincoln’s comments at the press conference.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14222&blogid=564

REMARKS OF CHAIRMAN BLANCHE LINCOLN
In the United States Senate on S. 3307, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, July 27, 2010

SNA Signs-On to Letters to Senate and House Leadership

SNA, along with several anti-hunger organizations, encouraged House and Senate leaders to swiftly move the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill to the floor. The legislation has been approved in both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee, but has not been brought to the floor of Congress. In letters addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives Leadership, allied organizations are calling for a strong reauthorization of the Child Nutrition bill before it expires on September 30, 2010.

Anti-Hunger letter to Senate Leadership on CNR  (pdf)

 Anti-Hunger letter to House Leadership on CNR  (pdf)

SNA Joins Other Organizations in Opposing Cuts to SNAP

SNA joined several hundred organizations by signing onto a letter addressed to the Senate leadership opposing cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. Senate lawmakers are threatening to cut funds to this critical program to offset funding for a bill that would provide additional money to save teachers jobs and Medicaid. The current proposal would cut funding for the Food Stamps program by $6.7 billion. This would cut short the funding boost for SNAP that was included in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

To read the letter, please click on the link below.

Sign-on Letter Opposing Cuts to SNAP

Massachusetts Governor Signs School Nutrition Bill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed into law a bill that will require the state Department of Public Health to set nutrition standards for competitive foods sold in schools. The legislation, approved earlier this year by the Massachusetts legislature, establishes standards for food sold through a la carte lines, vending machines, and school stores. The legislation also requires schools to provide nutrition and physical education and includes a provision for preferential purchasing of Massachusetts grown products. All school districts are also required to have a local school wellness policy in place.

Massachusetts joins a growing numbers of states that have passed legislation setting standards for competitive foods. For more information on these standards, please visit the link below.

Summary of State School Nutrition Standards (pdf)

Briefing on Childhood Obesity Prevention Held

On Thursday, July 20, 2010, Nemours held a briefing entitled Healthy Kids, Healthy Future: Obesity Prevention in Early Care and Education. Rep. Marcia Fudge, Co-Chair, Congressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity and Rep. Mike Castle, Member, Congressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity voiced their concerns about the health of children at risk for obesity and related illnesses.

The Panel of Experts included William Dietz, MD, PhD Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Dietz discussed state led initiatives to encourage healthy lifestyles in children and stressed that early care and education programs are an ideal place to implement child health interventions. Debbie I. Chang, MPH, Vice President of Policy and Prevention, Nemours focused on the importance of obesity prevention at the community level through integrating child health and early child care. Geri Henchy, MPH Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) stressed the importance of moving quickly to pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Submit Your School Nutrition Success Story at www.TrayTalk.org

SNA is launching an exciting new PR campaign called Tray Talk (www.TrayTalk.org) in time for back to school 2010. It is designed to emphasize all the benefits of school meals and showcase success stories from school nutrition programs nationwide.

The full scale website will launch in the middle of August, but SNA members can get involved now by submitting a school nutrition success story at www.TrayTalk.org. This is the time to show off your school nutrition program’s unique accomplishments that parents should hear about. These can range from healthy balanced school meals, to farm to school programs, to nutrition education/wellness programs, to alternative ways of serving meals or any other success story that may be relevant for parents. Remember that a picture tells a thousand words, so please submit a colorful close-up photo to accompany your success story. SNA will review the information and may publish it on the Tray Talk website or in other SNA materials.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14204&blogid=622

 


 
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