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November 16, 2010

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Next Steps

Agriculture, Education Secretaries Visit School to Urge Passage of CNR

USDA Releases Report on Food Access in America

Register for Upcoming National Dairy Council Webinar on Child Nutrition

Silent Hero School Breakfast Grant Deadline Extended

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Next Steps

Help pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization now! SNA is now entering Stage II of its outreach efforts encouraging the House of Representatives to pass S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act before the 111th Congress adjourns. The House of Representatives returns to Washington this week for a lame duck session. Now is the time to send a letter to your member of the House of Representatives, telling them to get CNR finished! Over the next week, SNA wants every member to send a letter to their Member of Congress. Below is sample language you can use to draft a short letter on your school nutrition program’s letter head and fax or email to your Member of Congress. To find your elected official’s contact information, please click on this link: http://asfsa.capwiz.com/asfsa/dbq/officials/  You can also send an action alert email through SNA’s Legislative Action Center. Click this link to access a sample action alert email that can be sent: http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=15185161

If the House of Representatives does not pass S. 3307 during the lame duck session, the Reauthorization process will need to start all over when the 112th Congress starts in January 2011. Please help SNA get over 50,000 emails and faxes sent to the House of Representatives! We need to let them know that Child Nutrition Reauthorization must be passed now!

Re: Pass Child Nutrition, S. 3307

Dear

You may have already received a letter from our state School Nutrition Association urging the passage of the child nutrition bill, S. 3307, during the lame duck session. Please know that this letter speaks for me and that I support immediate passage of this critical legislation. Local school nutrition programs need this legislation to operate effectively and serve children.

Thank you,
Name
Title
School District or Organization
Address

If your state affiliate has not sent letters to your state’s Members of Congress, it not too late to do so. So far, 41 state affiliates have sent letters to their Members of Congress:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland 
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri 
  • Nebraska 
  • Nevada 
  • New Hampshire 
  • New Jersey 
  • New Mexico 
  • New York 
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota 
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Oregon 
  • Pennsylvania 
  • South Dakota 
  • Tennessee
  • Texas 
  • Utah 
  • Vermont
  • Virginia 
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Agriculture, Education Secretaries Visit School to Urge Passage of CNR

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, DC on Monday, November 15th. Both Secretaries were at the school to urge passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization before the end of the 111th Congress. Child Nutrition Reauthorization is a priority of the Obama Administration and both secretaries were on hand to provide support for the legislation. The House of Representatives may vote on S. 3307, the Senate version of the bill, during the lame duck session that begins this week.

USDA Releases Report on Food Access in America

USDA released a report this week, showing that federal nutrition assistance programs are playing a vital role in providing a safety net to the most vulnerable Americans. The report, “Food Security in the United States 2009” found that the prevalence of food insecurity remained at record high levels during 2009, but did not increase over 2008 figures. In 2009, 17.4 million or 14.7 percent of all U.S. households had difficulty providing enough food for all members of their household at some point during the year. Of those households, 5.7 percent or 6.5 million were considered to have very low food security. Children also experience food insecurity. During 2009, children in 4.2 million households (10.6 percent of households with children) experienced food insecurity. Additionally 1.2 percent of households with children, or about 469,000 families, experienced very low food security.

While unemployment and poverty increased significantly between 2008 and 2009, the fact that food insecurity did not, indicates that the federal food assistance programs are working as an important safety net for Americans. According to the report, 57 percent of food-insecure households reported that they participated in one or more of the three largest federal nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch Program, in the last year. The food assistance programs have also seen large participation growth between 2008 and 2009. One million more children received free or reduced price lunches on an average school day, a 5.4 percent increase.

To view a complete copy of the report, please visit the link below.

Household Food Security in the United States, 2009

Register for Upcoming National Dairy Council Webinar on Child Nutrition

The National Dairy Council will host a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 10:30 a.m.-noon Central Time on “Making a Difference: How Health and Nutrition Professionals Can Help Improve Child Nutrition.” As a result of the heightened awareness of childhood obesity, stemming in part from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, thought leaders have become very active with moving forward with key decisions on nutrition and physical activity.

To register for the webinar and see a complete list of speakers, visit www.eventsvc.com/NDC-ChildNutrition.

Silent Hero School Breakfast Grant Deadline Extended

The application deadline for the got breakfast? Foundation’s Silent Hero Grant program has been extended to December 1, 2010. The purpose of the Silent Hero Grant program is to increase access to school breakfast programs. The grant program will award up to $50,000 in grants to public schools, non-profit private schools, or 501 ©(3) non-profit organizations participating in the National School Breakfast Program.

To apply for a grant, or for additional information, please visit the following link.

Silent Hero School Breakfast Grant Program

State and Federal Legislation (login required)
State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service.


 
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