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December 6, 2011

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FRAC Announces a New Monthly Series of Conference Calls

USDA Awards Grants to Improve Kids’ Nutrition Access During Summer

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Scratch Cooking Webinar

Changes to Law Allow Schools to Donate Excess Cafeteria Food to Local Food Banks

National Archives Panel Discussion on MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines

SNA Submits Comments on FNS Indirect Cost Study

Team Nutrition Releases Findings from Bridging the Gap Study

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FRAC Announces a New Monthly Series of Conference Calls

FRAC announces a new monthly series of conference calls, focusing on summer meals. The first call, entitled, “Summer Outreach Plans and Resources” will take place on Tuesday, January 10, at 1:00 pm EST.

Successful outreach strategies that could increase participation at your summer program will be discussed during the Summer Meals Matter Call. Presenters will share resources and information about what has worked in their communities. USDA has developed Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) resources to share, and in an effort to build summer participation they will discuss their summer outreach work. Hunger Free Colorado implemented several outreach strategies, working with their community to build awareness and increased participation in SFSP. Learn about the innovative outreach work planned for this summer.

To ensure your reservation, please sign up at: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5118/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=46068

USDA Awards Grants to Improve Kids’ Nutrition Access During Summer

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Kevin Concannon has announced $5.5 million in Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children Demonstrations (SEBTC) grant awards, allowing several states and tribal areas to test different methods of providing low-income children improved access to food during the summer months.

The projects will use the electronic benefit infrastructure of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to give low-income families with school-age children more food resources to use at the store during the summer. Families will receive a card, similar to a debit card, which they can use in stores to buy food.

Five states will receive grants to continue their 2011 demonstrations in 2012 and five states and tribal entities will begin new demonstration projects. The projects will provide food for about 75,000 low-income children in rural and urban areas.

These demonstrations complement others that operated last summer to test enhancements to USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a vital part of America’s nutrition safety net, which serves more than 2 million children every summer. All of these projects will provide critical information on the impact of nutrition interventions on achieving real progress in the fight against hunger among our children during the summer months.

For more information about the programs, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2011/FNS-0005.htm.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Scratch Cooking Webinar

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) partnered for a webinar entitled “Back to Basics: How to Incorporate Scratch Cooking into Your School Kitchen”. The 75 minute webinar focused on the benefits and challenges of cooking school meals from scratch. Also included is a 30 minute video demonstration on knife skills, sautéing and cooking grains.

The webinar is archived at: www.healthiergeneration.org/schoolmeals. Please note that a login is required.

Changes to Law Allow Schools to Donate Excess Cafeteria Food to Local Food Banks

Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) has written a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter in support of the recent passage of the minibus and language regarding excess cafeteria food donations. The recently-enacted appropriations minibus included language amending the school lunch program to allow schools to donate excess cafeteria food to local food pantries. Rep. Wolf and Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) have been supportive of this effort for many years and are hopeful that more food will be donated to local food banks from area school cafeterias. In his letter, Rep. Wolf also reinforces the fact that the donations are covered by the Good Samaritan Act and are protected from liability.

National Archives Panel Discussion on MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines

The National Archives is hosting a free panel discussion on Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 7:00-8:30pm EST on the US Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate as part of the America Eats series. The discussion will highlight the past and future of USDA dietary recommendations, how they have changed over the years, and will feature historical images and food pyramids from the National Archives holdings.

The discussion will be moderated by Michele Noris of NPR, panelists include José Andrés, celebrity chef; Robert C. Post, Deputy Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA; and Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The discussion will be held at the National Archives Building at 700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC in the McGowan Theater.

SNA Submits Comments on FNS Indirect Cost Study

Yesterday, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) submitted comments on the indirect cost study as requested by the Federal Register notice (76 Federal Register 62341) published on October 7, 2011. SNA believes the results of the proposed study and the potential for additional regulatory proposals will go a long way toward identifying a fair and practical solution to this challenging financial problem. Direct costs are manageable and predictable and allow for responsible budgeting. However, indirect costs are not always controllable and predictable making it more difficult to budget properly.

SNA has also suggested the addition of three threshold questions to be added to the indirect cost study. These three questions are: (1) Who is the Respondent?, (2) What is the Time Frame for the Study?, and (3) Can SFAs Challenge or Appeal Indirect Cost Assessments?

The entire letter can be viewed here.

Team Nutrition Releases Findings from Bridging the Gap Study

Bridging the Gap conducted a brief study of elementary schools that participate in Team Nutrition program and compared them to schools that do not participate in the program. The study found that participating schools were more likely to serve wholesome school lunches than their counterparts.

Research also found, however, that more work still needs to be done. During the 2009-2010 study, high-fat milks and unhealthy snacks were available at lunch time, while less than one-quarter of elementary schools regularly offered whole grain products.

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services division. Their goal is to improve the quality of meals served in schools across the country.

To view the research brief, visit:
http://www.bridgingthegapresearch.org/_asset/z9cm9b/btg_team_nutrition_111711.pdf

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