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August 16, 2011

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SNF Webinar: Menu Changes to Meet the New Proposed Meal Patterns

SNA Webinar: Understanding the Proposed School Meal Patterns

USDA Conference Call on Critical Improvements to the School Nutrition Environment as Kids Head Back to School

Feeding America to Release Map the Meal Gap Data

NFSMI Lessons: Whole Grains in Child Nutrition Programs

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SNF Webinar: Menu Changes to Meet the New Proposed Meal Patterns

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the National Dairy Council will be offering a FREE Wednesday Webinar on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT, entitled “Menu Changes to Meet the New Proposed Meal Patterns”

This webinar will explore how three school nutrition professionals changed their menus and procurement practices to meet the new proposed meal patterns. Hear how they have reduced sodium, introduced whole grains, and increased the variety and servings of fruits and vegetables. This session will also explore the state of Minnesota’s “Great Trays” program that has helped over 200 school districts prepare for the new proposed meal pattern requirements and teach you how to use the Great Trays resources in your district.

WEBINAR OBJECTIVES

  • Participants will learn about menu changes that they can make to meet the new proposed meal patterns
  • Participants will hear tips on how to source food items that will help meet the new proposed meal patterns
  • Participants will learn about resources such as recipes that can be used to meet the new proposed meal patterns

PROGRAM DETAILS

SNA Webinar: Understanding the Proposed School Meal Patterns

Trying to make sense of USDA’s proposed nutrition standards? Tune into SNA’s Wednesday Webinar, “Understanding the Proposed School Meal Patterns.” This webinar - a repeat of the popular session at ANC Nashville - will be hosted by Cindy Brooks, School Nutrition Association Public Policy and Legislation Committee Chair and Heather Hopwood, MPH, Program Analyst, Child Nutrition Division, USDA.

WEBINAR OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the proposed school meal patterns put forth by the USDA and specific changes from current standards.
  • Learn the impact these rules have on operations.
  • Become familiar with the process for comments as well as the timeline for the final rule.

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USDA Conference Call on Critical Improvements to the School Nutrition Environment as Kids Head Back to School

On Monday, August 15, 2011 USDA held a conference call to highlight the school nutrition reforms and improvements that students and families will see in the new school year due to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The call was hosted by USDA and featured Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; Ms. Becke Bounds, Child Nutrition Director, Lamar County School District, MS; and D. Allen Youngman, Major General, USA (ret.), Mission: Readiness.

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon hosted this national conference call where the discussion was on key reforms enacted through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that will improve the nutritional quality of school meals and strengthen the school environment for our nation’s schoolchildren.

Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Obama in December 2010. The Act allows USDA, for the first time in over 30 years, the chance to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children, and help a new generation win the future by having healthier lives. Under Secretary Concannon discussed the many HHFKA provisions in place and in development this school year that will greatly improve the diets of school children across the country. He mentioned that USDA is working to review the comments to the meal patterns and they are working to have a rule published before the end of the year. He would like to ensure that the rule is “achievable for schools.”

For more, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2011/0359.htm

Feeding America to Release Map the Meal Gap Data

Feeding America will release the second wave of Map the Meal Gap data on August 25. The data released this spring provided food insecurity data at the Congressional District and county level. The data to be released will focus on child food insecurity data at the Congressional District and county level.

For more information, please visit: www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.

New NFSMI Lessons: Whole Grains in Child Nutrition Programs

The National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) is now offering Whole Grains in Child Nutrition Programs, a training toolkit which contains six lessons and recipes to help encourage the use of whole grains in school meals.

Lessons in this guide teach participants to identify whole grains and whole-grain products and to plan school menus using whole grains. The lessons also include how to purchase whole grains and market them to students, as well as how to adjust recipes. A Trainer and Participant's manual with whole-grain recipes are also available.

More information can be found at: http://www.nfsmi.org/ResourceOverview.aspx?ID=390.


 
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