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November 2, 2010

Today is Election Day – Don’t Forget to Vote!

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Where We Stand

Tell Congress – Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization in November!

State Associations: Tell Your Congressional Reps to Pass CNR!

SNA Joins American Dietetic Association, Society for Nutrition Education in Affirming Importance of Schools in Improving Child Nutrition and Health 

USDA Recognizes Washington, DC Middle School for HealthierUS School Challenge Achievement

USDA Awards Community Food Projects Building Community Food Systems and Improving Food Security

New USDA Foods Update Newsletter Released

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Where We Stand

Dear SNA Members,

As we begin to countdown the final days of 2010, now is a good time to review where we are on Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010 and the forthcoming meal pattern recommendations.

In early August, the Senate passed S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The House of Representatives failed to act on any Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation prior to leaving for the pre-Election Day recess.  The House is expected to return to Washington, DC for a lame duck session starting November 15th.  There will be two opportunities for the House to pass a Reauthorization bill; the week of November 15th and the week of November 29th.  If the House does not pass a bill by the end of the 111th  Congress, the Reauthorization process will begin again once the new 112th Congress is sworn in next January 2011.

SNA encourages state presidents to send letters to their Congressional Representatives, asking them to pass S. 3307 when they return later this month.   All SNA members are also encouraged to send action alerts to their Members of Congress, asking them to vote in favor of S. 3307.  For a sample alert, please visit this link: http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=15185161

Not only are we waiting for Child Nutrition Reauthorization to pass, we are also waiting for new meal pattern standards for school meals.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently developing proposed meal pattern standards.  Once finished, these standards will be published as a proposed rule in the Federal Register and be open for public comment for a several month period.  Following the public comment period, USDA will then issue a final rule, in which the proposed standards will become permanent.  This process may take up to two years, with full implementation not expected before the 2012-2013 school year. 

SNA will continue to keep you updated during this critical time for our programs.  Please keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org for the latest information regarding Child Nutrition Reauthorization and the forthcoming meal pattern recommendations.

Sincerely,

Nancy Rice, M.Ed, RD, SNS
President, School Nutrition Association

Tell Congress – Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization in November!

Send a letter to your Congressional Representatives today, telling them to pass S. 3307 when Congress returns to Washington after Election Day. The U.S. Congress will reconvene for a lame-duck session starting November 15th. This is the last opportunity for Child Nutrition Reauthorization to pass before the end of this Congressional session. Please see the link below for a suggested letter to send to your Member of Congress, asking them to vote for S. 3307.

Our Kids Can’t Wait! Pass S. 3307 in November!

State Associations: Tell Your Congressional Reps to Pass CNR!

SNA is calling on all state associations to send letters to their Members of Congress, telling them to pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization in November. So far, 28 states have sent letters, including:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York 
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma 
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

For sample letters to send to your Members of Congress, please see the link below. Please send the letters on your state’s letterhead. Be sure to let your regional Public Policy and Legislation Committee member know you’ve sent the letter. For their names and contact information, please visit (need to update website)

SNA Joins American Dietetic Association, Society for Nutrition Education in Affirming Importance of Schools in Improving Child Nutrition and Health

As Congress, First Lady Michelle Obama and communities across the country seek ways to address the deepening childhood obesity crisis, three leading organizations in the field of nutrition have united to emphasize the importance of schools in promoting healthy lifestyles for children.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has joined the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) in releasing a position paper in support of comprehensive, integrated nutrition services in K-12 schools.  The paper, published today in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, affirms the key role schools can play in improving the nutrition, health and academic performance of America’s children.  The paper will also run later this month in SNA’s publication, The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.

The organizations, updating a 2003 joint position paper, also cite the tremendous potential for local school wellness policies to strengthen comprehensive nutrition services within schools by bringing together key players throughout the community to address the school needs on multiple fronts.

The position paper was written by registered dietitians Marilyn Briggs, PhD, RD, SNS (ADA); Constance G. Mueller, MS, RD, SNS (SNA); and Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD (SNE).

USDA Recognizes Washington, DC Middle School for HealthierUS School Challenge Achievement

Kelly-Miller Middle School in Washington, DC was honored last week for receiving a HealthierUS School Challenge silver award. The school is the first middle school in the Washington, DC metro region to receive a HealthierUS School Award. USDA Food and Nutrition Service Deputy Administrator Audrey Rowe presented the award following lunch with the students and a tour of the school’s proposed garden. On the menu were fresh apples from a local orchard, highlighting the school’s commitment to serving more fruits, vegetables and whole grain items. Accompanying Rowe was Washington Redskins player Malcolm Kelly, representing Fuel Up to Play 60.

As of October 20th, 881 HealthierUS School Challenge awards have been given to schools. As part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, SNA has committed to increasing the number of participating schools to 2,000. For information on the program and how your school can become a part of the HealthierUS School Challenge, please visit the link below. Applications can now be submitted online.

HealthierUS School Challenge

USDA Awards Community Food Projects Building Community Food Systems and Improving Food Security

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack awarded 27 local organizations that are building community food systems and fighting hunger and food insecurity. The awards granted through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Community Food Projects program. The grants, totaling $4.8 million in funding will fund food policy council training, urban agriculture, new farmers on preservation farmland, promotion of native food sovereignty, youth, urban and rural food production projects and community food assessments.

The primary goals of the Community Food Projects program is to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase food self-reliance of low-income communities, promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues and meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs.

For more information on these awards, please visit www.nifa.usda.gov.

New USDA Foods Update Newsletter Released

The Food Distribution Division of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service released a new issue of its School Programs: USDA Foods Update newsletter. The newsletter includes information regarding available food items, policy updates, ordering system, and resource links. Click the link below to view the newsletter.

School Programs: USDA Foods Update Newsletter (pdf)


 
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