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January 11, 2011

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Reminder - Register Today for LAC 2011!

New US House Education and Workforce Committee Members Named

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

New CNR Law Expands Afterschool Meal Program Nationwide

Tray Talk Gets Kids Excited About School Lunch

School Nutrition Success Stories? Share Them!

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Reminder - Register Today for LAC 2011!

Be sure to mark you calendars for this year’s Legislative Action Conference! The event will take place March 6-9, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the heart of the nation’s capital. Join several hundred colleagues for several exciting days of learning, lobbying and networking as we hear about the issues that define and shape school nutrition policy from Washington insiders. Just added to the schedule is Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS. Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives and other key individuals will be on hand to provide the latest on school nutrition policy. Also hear from this year’s keynote speaker, Amy Holmes, one of the nation’s top political analysts.

Also be sure to register for this year’s preconference session, How to Successfully Lobby State Legislatures. Participants will learn the keys to successfully lobbying from noted speaker Robert Guyer, founder of Lobby School. This pre-conference session is Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM.

For more information and to register for LAC 2011, please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_LAC2011.aspx?id=14723.

New US House Education and Workforce Committee Members Named 

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) has been named the newest Chairman to the US House Education and Workforce Committee for the 112th Congress. This committee’s main focus is to promote innovations in schools and in the workplace. Kline was elected to Congress in 2002 and is the committee’s Senior Republican member. Upon acceptance of this position, Kline stated, …I am humbled by the decision of my colleagues to allow me to lead this panel… My goal for the federal programs and agencies that oversee our schools and workplaces is to provide certainty and simplicity. We must ensure federal red tape does not become the enemy of innovation, and that federal mandates do not become roadblocks on the path to reform.”  

Republican Committee Members for the 112th Congress include:

Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)

Rep. Judy Biggert (IL-13)*

Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-1) *

Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-8)

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)

Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5) *

Rep. Richard Hanna (NY-24)

Rep. Joe Heck (NV-3)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-52) *

Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-3)

Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25) *

Rep. Kristi Noem (SD-AL)

Rep. Tom Petri (WI-6) *

Rep. Todd Platts (PA-19) *

Rep. Phil Roe (TN-1) *

Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-4)

Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5) *

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7) * 

* Indicates prior service on the committee. 

Subcommittee chairs are as follows:

Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness

Rep. Phil Roe (TN-1), Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-52), Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7), Subcommittee on Workforce Protections 

To stay up to date on this committee, visit their website: http://edlabor.house.gov/

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. This is the first major change to the nation's food safety laws in over 70 years. Throughout 2010, a series of food-borne illness outbreaks linked to a variety of foods, including spinach, peanuts and eggs, brought FDA regulations into question. The new legislation will require producers to take measures to prevent contamination from happening in the first place rather than reacting to an event after the fact. In addition to creating a tracking system to quickly find the source of contamination, the FDA will have the authority to order recalls instead of suggesting one and food importers will have to verify the safety of their products before entering the US market. The legislation will affect all whole and processed foods except meat, poultry and some egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Small farmers and food processors, and those who sell directly to the public at farmers markets and farm stands are also exempt.

The legislation also included a provision requiring the U.S. Department of Education to develop voluntary guidelines for managing the risk of food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools and early childhood education programs.  The guidelines are required to address strategies for limiting exposure to allergens in classrooms and cafeterias. The U.S. Department of Education is required to develop these guidelines within the next year.

One draw back from this new law may be seen in the rising cost of foods, as the cost of implementation will be put on the consumers. Over the next four years, the new law is expected to cost $1.4 billion which includes the hiring of 2,000 new FDA inspectors. To learn more about the new law, visit: http://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/fsma.html

New CNR Law Expands Afterschool Meal Program Nationwide

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act expanded the Afterschool Meal Program, through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), to all states.  Through the Afterschool Meal Program, program providers in low-income areas can give children a nutritious meal in addition to or instead of a snack.  To be considered low-income, half of the children in the local elementary, middle or high school must be qualified to receive free or reduced price school meals.  Afterschool programs that are already providing meals may be eligible to receive retroactive funding as of October 1, 2010, while those programs not currently participating in the Afterschool Meal Program can join today.  To learn more, please visit the link below. 

Afterschool Meal Program Now Available Nationwide 

Tray Talk Gets Kids Excited About School Lunch 

The United Fresh Produce Association recently highlighted Tray Talk in their online newsletter:

Through a new initiative from the School Nutrition Association (SNA), school foodservice operations are finding interactive and fun ways to get students excited about healthy school meals. Tray Talk (www.TrayTalk.org) is the School Nutrition Association's public awareness campaign designed to spotlight school meals successes, share information on the latest trends in school cafeterias and celebrate the fact that school meals are healthy meals.

Tray Talk's School Nutrition Success Stories features how schools are finding creative ways to help kids make healthier choices - from school gardens and kid chef competitions to nutritious new menu offerings, salad bars and healthy makeovers of traditional kid favorites.

This week's Nutrition Success Story features Willamina Elementary School in Oregon, one of the first schools in the state to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program.  Past success stories have focused on salad bars at a California school, a "vegetable of the month" program in New Hampshire and a Delaware school's student published book titled "Fresh Fruit and Veggies Rock!"

United Fresh is also looking to honor School Foodservice Directors who demonstrate produce excellence in their menu development. This year, a new category for K-12 School Food Service will be included in the 2011 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program. In addition to K-12 School Foodservice, outstanding chefs will be honored in categories including Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Quick Service, Hotels & Healthcare Industry and Business in Industry and Colleges. Six winners and a corporate executive will receive complimentary airfare, two-nights lodging and registration for the United Fresh 2011 convention, May 2-5, 2011 in New Orleans. Each winner will be recognized at their Annual Awards Banquet on May 4.

School Nutrition Success Stories? Share Them! 

Do you have a great success story about your school’s nutrition/wellness initiatives you’d like to share? Just fill out the forms on: http://www.traytalk.org/school-nutrition-success-stories/submit-your-success-story/ and your story may be the next one featured on Tray Talk!


 
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