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October 5, 2010

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House Delays Child Nutrition Reauthorization

SNA Begins Search for Chief Executive Officer

Governor of New Mexico Allocates $2.4 Million to Support Children’s Programs

SNA Extends FAME Nomination until October 13

Competition Announced: Recipes for Healthy Kids

$1.5 Million Awarded by USDA to Improve Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs

USDA Holding Webinar on Farm to School Resources

SNA Legislative Action Center

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House Delays Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Last week, the US House of Representatives adjourned without passing Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation. The School Nutrition Association, a non-profit organization representing school foodservice professionals, expressed disappointment, but called on Congress to use the days before the elections to improve on the legislation.

As Congress delays passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, the US Department of Agriculture continues to develop updated nutrition standards for school meals. Those revised standards are expected to require larger servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for these standards acknowledges the need to increase funding for school meal programs to help meet the nutrition targets.
SNA Press Release: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14521&blogid=564

Child nutrition bill, priority for first lady, stalls:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/30/AR2010093003989.html

SNA Begins Search for Chief Executive Officer

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has chosen Korn/Ferry International to lead the association’s search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The current CEO, Barbara S. Belmont, CAE, has served as executive director, and most recently as CEO, for 17 years. She has announced she will retire July 31, 2011.

Korn/Ferry has extensive experience with association executive searches in the Washington, D.C. area, unique leadership assessment resources, a strong understanding of SNA’s mission and the capacity to provide a broad range of support for the SNA Search Committee. The search process has begun, and stakeholders throughout the organization have been invited to provide input on the strategic issues in the association and the competencies needed in a new CEO to lead the association into the future. Korn/Ferry will begin recruitment in December. A new CEO will be selected by the Board of Directors and is expected to be in place by July 1, 2011.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14511&blogid=622

Governor of New Mexico Allocates $2.4 Million to Support Children’s Programs

Last week, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) pledged $2.4 million in federal stimulus money to boost children’s programs that risked budget cuts. Roughly $2 million will be used to offset some of the federal and legislative cuts to child care services. A substantial portion of the funding ($250,000) will restore the elementary school breakfast program to all schools.

http://www.thegovmonitor.com/world_news/united_states/new-mexico-invests-2-4-million-to-boost-childrens-programs-39564.html

SNA Extends FAME Nomination until October 13

Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator you’d like to nominate for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award? There’s still time to submit your nomination—the deadline has been extended to October 13, 2010.

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor—but so is being nominated! The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs frequently are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program is a great way to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word to outside communities that school nutrition professionals are experts in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children.

Past winners have included Global Child Nutrition Foundation President Gene White, SNA Chief Executive Officer Barbara Belmont, SNA Washington Counsel Marshall Matz and former USDA director Les Johnson. Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at www.fameawards.net.

To submit a nomination and learn more:
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14508&blogid=622

Competition Announced: Recipes for Healthy Kids

Let's Move! toward healthier food in school with the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition! First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is challenging school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and interested community members to create tasty, healthy, exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus across the country.

Winning teams will win $12,000 in prizes and be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed meals alongside White House chefs. View the competition flyer at: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/hsmrs/Recipe_Competition.pdf.

Encourage your school to get involved now by going to http://RecipesForKidsChallenge.com!

$1.5 Million Awarded by USDA to Improve Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week eight new grant and cooperative agreement awards to improve and enhance USDA's food and nutrition assistance programs, which reach one in four Americans every year.

USDA's food and nutrition assistance programs—including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formerly the Food Stamp Program), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the school meals programs—affect the lives of millions of people each day.

USDA Awards $1.5 million to Improve Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs

USDA Holding Webinar on Farm to School Resources

The USDA Farm to School Team and the Farm to School Network will present a webinar on Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time entitled, “Digging through the Farm to School Resources.” The webinar will be beneficial for the following audiences: State agencies, school food service administrators, farmers and non-profit organizations.

The USDA Farm to School Team will be joined by the National Farm to School Network to share with you where to find supporting materials that will help you start or expand your Farm to School efforts. Resources for each of these groups, as well as an update from the USDA Farm to School Team, will be covered. Registration Link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g46ec0

Should you have any questions regarding the training, please contact: farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov  

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