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Tuesday Morning - September 7, 2011

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September 7, 2011

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FRAC Promotes Afterschool Meal Program

“F as in Fat” Congressional Briefing

USDA to Host National Media Conference Call on Household Food Security in the US Report

Let’s Move! Campaign Appoints New Executive Director

Request for Applications for Participation in Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid

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FRAC Promotes Afterschool Meal Program

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is promoting the nationwide Afterschool Meal Program. A new school year has begun for many students and FRAC is encouraging participation in the Afterschool Meal Program, which provides healthy meals to children in need.

The Afterschool Meal Program, offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), is available to children 18 years or younger in low-income areas. Schools, private nonprofit organizations and local government agencies can provide Afterschool Meals at programs that offer educational or enrichment activities after school, on weekends and school holidays during the regular school year. Programs can receive federal dollars for serving a maximum of one meal and one snack per day depending on the length of the program. The meal reimbursement is $2.9925 (including commodities or cash in lieu of commodities). The snack reimbursement is $0.76. Based on 180 day of participation, funding adds up to $538 per child per year for meals and $136 for snacks.

FRAC also recently unveiled an on-line Afterschool Meal Guide. The three-part guide educates users on how to determine if their afterschool program is eligible and how to start serving meals; how to reduce paperwork and administrative barriers; and gives strategies for increasing participation.

For more information, please visit:http://frac.org/federal-foodnutrition-programs/afterschool-programs/fracs-afterschool-meals-guide/

“F as in Fat” Congressional Briefing

The Trust for America’s Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are hosting a Congressional briefing on Thursday, September 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B339. The briefing, entitled, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future” will report on the findings from the study released in July of this year on the upward trends of the American obesity epidemic. It will also explore the obesity epidemic in relation to health, economic productivity, national security, and ways to address this major public health crisis.

Panelists for the briefing will be Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health; James Marks, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Vice President and Director, Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Norman R. Seip, Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (Retired), and member of the Mission Readiness Executive Advisory Council; Chip Johnson, Mayor, Hernando, Mississippi.

USDA to Host National Media Conference Call on Household Food Security in the US Report

US Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon and Alesha Coleman-Jensen, an expert from USDA’s Economic Research Service will host a national media conference call on Wednesday, September 7 to discuss the Household Food Security in the United States in 2010 report. The annual report provides the most recent statistics on food security among US households. The call will take place from 11:00 – 11:30 am EDT. To call in dial 800-857-5233 (trouble line 202-720-8560), the passcode is “USDA”.

A media briefing kit can be found at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Features/HouseholdFoodSecurity2010/

Let’s Move! Campaign Appoints New Executive Director

Judith S. Palfrey, MD, has been named as the executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign.

“We are eager to welcome Judy Palfrey to the White House where I know that she will take the ‘Let’s Move’ program to new heights," stated the First Lady.

Palfrey has been a pediatric clinician and teacher for more than 30 years, and was chosen as the first incumbent of the T. Berry Brazelton Professorship of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Most recently, she directed the global health efforts of the Department of Medicine at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. This past year, she served as immediate past president of American Pediatric Association. From 1986 to 2007, Palfrey was chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Throughout her career, Palfrey has strongly emphasized health promotion and disease prevention, according to a White House news release. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and an M.D. from Columbia University. She is married with three children.

Request for Applications for Participation in Demonstration Projects to Evaluate Direct Certification with Medicaid

 
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) division of the US Department of Agriculture invites State agencies (SAs) that run the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to apply to participate in demonstration projects that will evaluate the effectiveness of conducting direct certification through the Medicaid program. During the demonstration and pilot projects, eligible children will be directly certified to receive free school meals. Eligibility is based on household income and participation in the Medicaid program.

SAs must notify FNS by October 5, 2011 of their intent to apply. Applications to participate in demonstration projects for the school year beginning July 1, 2012 must be received no later than December 5, 2011.

FNS will also host a webinar for SAs to provide information on the direct certification with Medicaid demonstration projects and the application process for participation. Webinar information will be shared via the Child Nutrition Division website two weeks in advance. Questions concerning the RFA and the application process can be directed to Vivian Lees at (703) 305-2322 or by email at Vivian.Lees@fns.usda.gov.

The Request for Application can be found at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP47rfa.pdf

Appendix A – Application Template can be found at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP47appA.pdf


 
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