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July 20, 2011

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FNS Guidance on Indirect Costs and Local Wellness Policies

House Agriculture Committee Holds Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing

USDA Announces Improvements in School Wellness Promotion

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FNS Guidance on Indirect Costs and Local Wellness Policies

As required by Section 307(a) and Section 204 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued guidance relating to indirect costs and local wellness policies.

Guidance was developed in accordance with Section 307 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to aid State agencies (SAs) and school food authorities (SFAs) in better understanding direct and indirect costs and their role in the operation of the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The memo and full guidance document can be found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP_41-2011_os.pdf

Section 204 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 added Section 9A to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) (42 U.S.C. 1758b), Local School Wellness Policy Implementation. These provisions established in Section 204 expand upon the previous local wellness policy requirement from the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265). Guidance on the Local Wellness Policy can be found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP42-2011_os.pdf

House Agriculture Committee Holds Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing

On Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 10:00 AM EDT, the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing of the Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture on “Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of Title IV Nutrition Programs”. It will be held at 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

For more information, please visit:
http://agriculture.house.gov/singlepages.aspx?NewsID=31&LSBID=44

USDA Announces Improvements in School Wellness Promotion

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced provisions included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that are geared to enhance local wellness policies in schools in order to promote healthier lifestyles for children. Schools are now required to inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the local wellness policies. These provisions will be effective at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

“Parents understand that our commitment to teaching children healthy lifestyles requires local communities working together to make wellness a priority.” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The updated local school wellness policies will help bring more people into this process in order to ensure kids are surrounded by a healthy school environment.”

Local wellness policies are an important tool to promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity and provide assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards. Starting in the 2006-07 school year, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program were required to have local wellness policies in place.

For more, please visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthy/wellnesspolicy.html.


 
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