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August 10, 2010

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CNR Bill Clears Senate, Awaits Approval from the House

First Lady, Secretary of Agriculture Issue Statements on Senate CNR Bill

New York Times Editorial Criticizes Use of SNAP Money to Funding Legislation

Washington Post Publishes Op Ed by Michelle Obama

Health and Human Services (HHS) Delays Update of Poverty Guidelines

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

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CNR Bill Clears Senate, Awaits Approval from the House

Last week, the US Senate advanced Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation prior to the body’s August recess. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was agreed upon by a majority in the Senate on Thursday, August 5, 2010.
The House of Representatives also needs to pass the bill before it can reach the President for approval prior to the Child Nutrition Act’s September 30th expiration date. The House is expected to consider the legislation when they return from recess in September.

The School Nutrition Association is calling on the House to take quick action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization and to make some critical changes to the Senate bill. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act pulls funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps. SNA joined several hundred organizations by signing onto a letter addressed to the Senate leadership opposing cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNA is also concerned about a provision in S. 3307 (Section 205) which would mandate schools to increase paid meal prices regardless of local circumstances.

For more information, please see SNA’s press release:

SNA Commends Senate Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization; But Calls on House to Make Critical Changes to the Bill

Sign-on Letter Opposing Cuts to SNAP

First Lady, Secretary of Agriculture Issue Statements on Senate CNR Bill

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack each issued statements following the Senate’s approval of S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. In her statement, First Lady Michelle Obama noted that she is “thrilled that Congress has taken a major step forward… in passing the Child Nutrition bill.” Calling it a “ground breaking piece of legislation” that will help provide healthier school meals and combat childhood obesity, she commended the Senate leadership for working together to move the bill forward in a bi-partisan manner.

Secretary Vilsack also commended the Senate on passing the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill and applauded the Senate leadership for passing a bi-partisan bill. Calling it a “great victory for America’s children,” Vilsack stated that passing this bill reiterated the Obama Administration’s support for reducing hunger, improving the health of children and ensuring their academic success. He also called on Congress to move the legislation forward as quickly as possible.

To read the complete statements, please click on the links below.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s Statement on Passage of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Statement from the First Lady on the Senate Passing Child Nutrition Legislation

New York Times Editorial Criticizes Use of SNAP Money to Fund Other Programs

The New York Times editorial board sharply criticized Congress this weekend for cutting funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, to finance other programs and initiatives. Congress has pulled from SNAP funds to finance both the $4.5 billion Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill passed by the Senate last week and the $26 billion bill to aid states and save teachers jobs. While noting that both of these programs are important and should be funded, the editorial calls on Congress to find revenue from some other source instead of cutting a program that serves an important need.

Congress’s Serial Hits on Food Stamps

Washington Post Publishes Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama

On Monday, August 2nd, the Washington Post published an op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama. In the opinion piece, Obama draws attention to S. 3307, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the Senate Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that passed with bi-partisan support last week. She highlights that the bill will set higher nutrition standards and will encourage more children to receive nutritious meals through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Additionally, the legislation would eliminate the unhealthy options that are found in many vending machines. In the op-ed, Obama also calls for continued support of the Let’s Move! initiative she started earlier this year.

A Food Bill We Need

Health and Human Services (HHS) Delays Update of Poverty Guidelines

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a delayed update of poverty guidelines for the remainder of 2010 and until the 2011 poverty guidelines are published. The 2011 poverty guidelines are expected to be published in late January 2011. HHS has issued this delayed update due to recent legislation that prohibited the Secretary of HHS from publishing the 2010 poverty guidelines before May 31, 2010, and required that the 2009 poverty guidelines remain in effect until the Secretary of HHS has published updated guidelines.

HHS Delays Update of Poverty Guidelines  

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, nutrition education/wellness initiatives, alternative ways of serving meals and 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.

Submit Your School Nutrition Success Story

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