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December 20, 2011

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Year 1 Implementation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

New FRAC Report Outlines Needed Strategies to Support Households’ Ability to Afford Healthy Food

Legislative Action Conference 2012 Highlights

United Fresh 2012 Awards Program

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

*Please note the SNA office will be closed until January 2, 2012. Tuesday Morning will resume on January 3, 2012. Happy Holidays!

Year 1 Implementation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

First Lady Michelle Obama and US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the achievements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 one year after the legislation was enacted to combat hunger and obesity while improving the health and nutrition of children across the nation.

"The success of our nation tomorrow depends on the choices we make for our kids today. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is vital to the health and welfare of our kids, helping them build the healthy futures they deserve," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "We've seen the connection between what our kids eat and how well they perform in school. And we know that America's success in the 21st century means having the best-prepared and best-educated workforce around. So it is critical that we work to ensure that all children have the basic nutrition they need to learn, grow, and to pursue their dreams. As we celebrate the many accomplishments of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act's first year, we also pledge to continue taking bold steps forward to advance this goal."

The legislation improves the nutrition environment as a whole in schools across the country. It will also enhance understanding of the causes and consequences of hunger among children. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 advances the First Lady’s goal of eliminating childhood obesity within a generation.

For more on the one year anniversary, visit: http://www.usda.gov/

New FRAC Report Outlines Needed Strategies to Support Households’ Ability to Afford Healthy Food

A new report has been released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). It provides a unique look at the difficulties in accessing healthy food that is being faced by millions across the nation.

Among all households across the years 2008-2010, 8.2 percent of respondents reported that it was “not easy to get affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.” But those with household incomes less than $24,000/year reported such affordability and access challenges 2.5 times more frequently (13.8 percent) than those with incomes between $60,000 and $89,999 (5.7 percent).

The report analyzes the struggle by household based on race, income, and health status in different parts of the country. FRAC’s report, A Half Empty Plate: Fruit and Vegetable Affordability and Access Challenges in America, analyzes the answers given by hundreds of thousands of survey respondents to a question posed for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project: “In the city or area where you live, is it easy or not easy to get affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.” FRAC characterizes “not easy” answers as evidence of an affordability and access challenge.

Among the biggest differences observed were those between income groups, and for those who experienced food hardship (an inability to afford enough food based on another Gallup question). Among those in households with food hardship, 18.5 percent reported affordability and accessibility problems, while only 5.7 percent of those in households without food hardship reported such challenges.

The full report is at: http://frac.org/pdf/half_empty_plate_dec2011.pdf

Legislative Action Conference 2012 Highlights

It’s time once again to join SNA and your fellow colleagues and descend upon Washington, D.C., for the Association’s 40th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 4-7, 2012. Over the last 40 years, LAC has been touted by attendees as one of the most informative conferences in child nutrition and next year’s anniversary gathering will certainly continue that tradition.

A few of the program highlights for 2012 will include:

  • A political insider’s look at the 2012 General Election, key races and potential changes in the political landscape.
  • Presentations from several top leaders in Congress, USDA and allied organizations, all of whom will address major issues facing the school nutrition arena.
  • A dynamic pre-conference session that will provide an overview of Federal requirements, policies and regulations relating to procurement in school nutrition programs.
  • A special performance at the LAC Banquet by the Capitol Steps, the political satire troupe of Capitol Hill staffers-turned-songwriters.

The keynote speaker for LAC 2012 is Charlie Cook, one of the nation's top political analysts and editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, which provides a direct line to the heart of politics. When Cook makes a pronouncement about the political scene in America, people tend to sit up and take notice. For more than two decades he has been Washington's most trusted-and most accurate-voice on all things politics, whether he's analyzing political trends or predicting the likely outcome of the next Congressional, gubernatorial or presidential election.

Online registration for LAC 2012 is now open. Please visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/lac to register today!

United Fresh 2012 Awards Program

Do you work with an outstanding school foodservice professional who is passionate about incorporating fresh produce into their menu? How about someone whose extensive knowledge and creativity with fresh produce is setting culinary trends and encouraging children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? If you’re ready to salute the school foodservice professionals who are working hard to increase fresh produce consumption, consider nominating them for the K-12 School Foodservice Category for the 2012 United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program.

Sponsored by Pro*Act, LLC, this awards program recognizes chefs for the exceptional use of fresh produce in the culinary arts. The K-12 School Foodservice category is a great opportunity for schools to honor individuals who play an important role in encouraging children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

The winner and an accompanying school administrator will receive complimentary airfare, two-nights lodging and registration for the United Fresh 2012 convention, May 1-3, 2011 in Dallas. They will also be recognized along with the additional program winners at the Annual Awards Banquet on May 1, 2012.

To nominate a school foodservice chef for this award, please visit the Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards website, or contact Miriam Wolk at United Fresh at 202-303-3410 or by email at mwolk@unitedfresh.org.


 
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