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May 22, 2012

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USDA Releases Interim Rule Regarding $.06 – SNA to Submit Comments

Proposed Legislation: SLICE (School Lunch Improvements in Children’s Education) Act

USDA ERS Releases Report: “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive?”

Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! Healthy School Meal Contest

Cooking Up Change – Creating a Healthy Future for School Food Hill Briefing

New Core Nutrition Messages and Tools from USDA Team Nutrition

Upcoming School Nutrition Foundation Webinars

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids During the Summer

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

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USDA Releases Interim Rule Regarding $.06 – SNA to Submit Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published an interim rule that amends National School Lunch Program regulations to conform to requirements contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The interim rule is regarding performance-based cash assistance for school food authorities (SFAs) certified compliant with meal pattern and nutrition standards. This rule requires state agencies to certify participating SFAs that are in compliance with meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements as eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served (an additional six cents per lunch available beginning October 1, 2012 and adjusted annually thereafter). This interim rule is effective July 1, 2012.

Comments regarding rule provisions will be accepted until July 26, 2012. You can learn more here, or to view the full text of the interim rule, click here. SNA will be submitting comments on the rule and strongly encourages others to do so. Once SNA’s comments are available we will share them in Tuesday Morning and on SchoolNutrition.org.

Last week, SNA hosted a webinar on the topic and more than 1,000 people participated. The archived webinar is available online; if you missed it you can find it here.

Proposed Legislation: SLICE (School Lunch Improvements in Children’s Education) Act

The SLICE (School Lunch Improvements for Children’s Education) Act, Bill: H.R. 5789 - cosponsored by Reps. DeLauro (D-CT), Schakowsky (D-IL), Filner (D-CA), Carnahan (D-MO), Engel (D-NY), Moran (D-VA), seeks to restore federal efforts to protect students’ health by allowing more sensible nutrition standards for pizza in public school meals. The SLICE Act would restore USDA’s authority to implement healthful standards for pizza in public schools in three significant ways:

  • Allow the USDA to accurately count 1/8 of a cup of tomato paste as 1/8 of a cup, instead of half of a cup, which qualifies pizza as a vegetable;
  • Allow the USDA to implement science-based sodium reduction targets; and
  • Allow the USDA to set a whole grain requirement.

USDA ERS Releases Report: “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive?”

Recently, USDA released a report entitled “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends On How You Measure the Price.” The report compares prices of healthy and less healthy foods using three different price metrics: the price of food energy ($/calorie), the price of edible weight ($/100 edible grams), and the price of an average portion ($/average portion). For all metrics except the price of food energy, the authors find that healthy foods cost less than less healthy foods (defined for this study as foods that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, and/or sodium, or that contribute little to meeting dietary recommendations). You can read the full report here. Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon and Dr. Andrea Carlson from USDA’s Economic Research Service held a conference call with media and stakeholders to discuss the report.

Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! Healthy School Meal Contest

You work hard every day to put together innovative, delicious and healthy school meals for your students. So, why not share your ideas?! The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA and the Yum-o organization are searching for your healthy school lunches ideas. By sending in your best healthy tray, including meat/meat alternative, bread/grain, vegetables and fruit, you will get the chance to win a trip to New York City to watch a taping of the Rachael Ray Show and be featured in SNA’s School Nutrition magazine. Meals will be judged on nutrition, appeal to students, ease of replication in schools and presentation. Visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s website, www.healthiergeneration.org, to submit your ideas. All submissions must be received by June 15, 2012.

Cooking Up Change – Creating a Healthy Future for School Food Hill Briefing

Today—Tuesday, May 22nd from 12:30-1:30 pm—school lunch will be served on Capitol Hill with a briefing from the Pew Health Group and Healthy Schools Campaign. Attendees will be able to sample award-winning student recipes and hear from panelists discussing the role of funding for school kitchen equipment and training in creating healthy school meals. The winners of Cooking up Change™, a competition challenging high school students across the country to create healthy school lunches, will also give presentations.

The briefing will feature:

  • Jessica Donze Black, Director of the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, Pew Health Group, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Mark Bishop, Vice President, Policy + Communications, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Karen Duncan, Cooking up Change National Honorary Co-chair and wife of Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
  • Marla Caplon, Director, Division of Food and Nutrition Services, Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools

For question, contact Megan Lott, Senior Associate, Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, (202) 540-6710 or mlott@pewtrusts.org

New Core Nutrition Messages and Tools from USDA Team Nutrition

The Food and Nutrition Service has launched Whole Grains, Milks, and Child Feeding Message and Tools, a new website filled with audience-tested messages and tools that resonate with moms and kids and motivate them to adopt healthier eating habits. These tools can be used across the nutrition assistance programs (e.g., child nutrition programs, SNAP, and WIC) to deliver consistent messages related to:

  • Increase consumption of whole grains, fat-free and low-fat (1% fat or less) milk, and fruits and vegetables.
  • Encourage child feeding practices that foster healthy eating habits.

Schools may be particularly interested in the online Track & Field Fuel Up Challenge game and the new activity sheets for kids.

Upcoming School Nutrition Foundation Webinars

To help you stay informed without having to leave the office or home, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) continues to offer its free Webinar Wednesdays series of web-based seminars (“webinars”). The following presentations are planned for the coming weeks, so visit www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars to learn more or to register.

  • May 23rd: School Food Service Technology 101: Tangible Applications for Implementing HHFKA
    SNF, in partnership with inTEAM Associates, will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT entitled: “School Food Service Technology 101: Tangible Applications for Implementing HHFKA."
  • June 6th: SNA’s School District Owned Membership: Maximize the Value of SNA Membership for Your School District
    SNF, in partnership with SNA, will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT entitled: “SNA’s School District Owned Membership: Maximize the Value of SNA Membership for Your School District.”

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids During the Summer

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 2:00 pm EDT, join in the second conference call and webinar of USDA’s new “Together We Can” Partnership Series for community and faith-based organizations. This webinar program shares opportunities to collaborate with USDA to help those in need in your community. This session focuses on programs your organization can utilize to provide meals for kids during the summer months, ensuring a healthy meal even though school is out!

Webinar Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 30th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Feed Kids During the Summer
  • Wednesday, June 20th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Put Healthy and Affordable Food on the Table
  • Wednesday, July 25th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Teach About Nutritious Cooking and Eating
  • Wednesday, August 29th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Build Local and Regional Food Systems
  • Wednesday, September 26th (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Feed Kids After School
  • Wednesday, October 31st (2:00 pm EDT): Together We Can Build our Partnership: More Opportunities to work with USDA

These sessions will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and are free of charge for all participants. You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access to participate. Please note that you must register for the webinar to receive additional information. To register or to learn more, click here.

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is less than four months away! Representatives from all sectors of Farm to Cafeteria will convene in Burlington, Vt., from August 2-5, 2012, for four days of education, conversation and fun. There will be skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

Registration opens May 7, 2012. Scholarships are available and the deadline is May 31st. For a scholarship application, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/scholarships.
To learn more, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for June

June 6-8, North Dakota State Conference, Bismarck, ND
June 10-14, New Mexico State Conference, Albuquerque, NM
June 11-14, Tennessee State Conference, Chattanooga, TN
June 11-15, South Carolina State Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
June 11-15, Louisiana State Conference, Monroe, LA
June 12-15, Ohio State Conference, Columbus, OH
June 12-15, Utah State Conference, Layton, UT
June 17-20, Texas State Conference, Austin, TX
June 18-20, Kentucky State Conference, Covington, KY
June 19-20, Iowa State Conference, Dubuque, IA
June 19-21, Montana State Conference, Great Falls, MT
June 21-24, National PTA Convention, San Jose, CA
June 24-27, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 103rd Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN
June 24-27, Wisconsin State Conference, Dells, WI
June 24-27, Nebraska State Conference, Kearney, NE
June 26-28, Illinois State Conference, Springfield, IL
June 27-28, Connecticut State Conference, Hill, CT


 
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