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April 10, 2012

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SNF Webinar Wednesdays: Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

Cooking Up Change

USDA Celebrates 150th Birthday

Alliance for a Healthier Generation School Meals Contest

SNA Comments on APEC-II Study

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for April

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SNF Webinar Wednesdays: Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Food Safety, will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT entitled: “Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools."

In this webinar, professors from Kansas State University’s Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs will explain why fresh produce is associated with increased risk of foodborne illness and will provide recommendations for minimizing risk when handling produce throughout the school environment, including in the classroom and on salad bars.

A school nutrition director from the Ventura Unified School District in California and a representative from the Alabama Department of Education will discuss fresh produce handling practices and training strategies. Learn about resources available from USDA to manage produce safety and train staff on handling fresh produce in schools.

To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/783916986

Cooking up Change

SNA CEO Frank DiPasquale has been invited to participate as a judge in the Cooking up Change challenge. Cooking up Change, the Healthy Schools Campaign’s signature national healthy cooking contest, will take place on Monday, May 21, 2012, at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Teams of high school students from across the country are challenged to create a healthy, great-tasting school meal that meets the nutrition standards, incorporates a local food item, draws from ingredients commonly available to foodservice, and can be easily prepared in a school kitchen. After winning a qualifying contest in their hometown, six teams of finalists will advance to the national round and prepare their recipes for a prestigious panel of judges.

To learn more, please visit www.cookingupchange.org

USDA Celebrates 150th Birthday

In honor of the USDA’s 150th Birthday, SNA sent a special congratulatory letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The letter thanks USDA for all of their work involving school meal programs and recognizes the link between school feeding and agriculture programs.

Happy 150th Birthday, USDA! To read the letter, click here.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation School Meals Contest

Officially launched on April 3rd, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AFHG) is holding a contest for healthy school meals. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA, and Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! are joining forces to spotlight creative meals from school nutritional professionals across the country. The grand prize winner and a guest will be flown to New York for a taping of the Rachel Ray Show. The winner will also receive a one-year membership to SNA and a free registration to SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference.

For the full contest details, click here.

SNA Comments on APEC-II Study

The Proposed Rule on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program was recently published in the Federal Register and is available on the School Meals website. This proposed rule would establish the basic requirements for the operation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. It would set forth administrative and operational requirements for FFVP operators at the state and local levels. The intent of these provisions is to ensure that the FFVP encourages the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by school children to help improve their dietary habits and long-term health.

Comments on this proposed rule must be received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service on or before April 24, 2012. All comments can be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or submitted to Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 634, Alexandria, VA 22302.

To read the full rule, click here. You can also read SNA’s submission on the Proposed Rule here.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for April

TBD, ANC 2013 Site Visit, Kansas City, MO
April 19-21, Georgia State Conference, The Classic Center, Athens, GA
April 19-21, AJLI Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, NSBA 72nd Annual Conference, Boston, MA
April 26-28, NLC, Galt House, Louisville, KY
April 26-28, Florida State Conference, Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL


 
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