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June 26, 2012

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House Agriculture Appropriations Update

House Farm Bill Update

Senate Farm Bill Update

SNA Releasing Meal Pattern Implementation Guide at ANC in Denver

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

EatRight Radio: Free Public Service Announcements Available from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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

Registration for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

USDA Calling for Nominations for Champions of Change

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House Agriculture Appropriations Update

The full House Appropriations Committee approved and reported the FY 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (the Bill) on June 19, 2012, by a voice vote. The Bill has not yet been scheduled for House action, but may be considered as early as this week. The bill can be found here, while the report can be found here.

The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy opposing passage because of the deep levels of cuts to discretionary funding and threatening a veto.

Link to OFW Memo
Link to Opening Remarks

House Farm Bill Update

The House Agriculture Committee announced its markup will be on Wednesday, July 11. The mark is expected to be released the week of July 2.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – 10:00 am
1300 Longworth House Office Building
Committee on Agriculture–Business Meeting
RE: To consider the 2012 Farm Bill

Senate Farm Bill Update

On June 21, 2012, the Senate Farm Bill (S. 3240) passed by a vote of 64 ayes to 35 nays. The strong, bipartisan votes against deeper SNAP cuts and harmful policy changes send a firm message to the House. The bill has been praised for reducing the deficit, supporting jobs, and investing in the strength of American agriculture.

SNA Releasing Meal Pattern Implementation Guide at ANC in Denver

SNA is taking an active role in addressing meal pattern questions and has appointed an Ad Hoc Working Group to develop a practical “How-To Guide” for SNA members. The goal of this Guide is to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements for lunch scheduled to go into effect this fall. As part of the distribution efforts for this Guide, an education session will be held at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) next month to discuss and share the new materials.

Entitled “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern,” this hot topic session will provide you with sample menus, resources and other valuable tools needed to interpret and implement the new meal pattern regulations. It will be presented by the SNA Ad Hoc Meal Pattern Working Group consisting of foodservice operators, state agency officials, industry and USDA representatives.

We urge you to take advantage of this important educational offering, and be fully prepared to meet the new meal pattern requirements, as well as ready to show off all the healthy changes in your school cafeteria. The session will be repeated throughout the conference (see dates and times below), so that everyone has an opportunity to attend.

Sunday, July 15 (12:00-1:00 pm)
Monday, July 16 (2:15-3:15 pm)
Tuesday, July 17 (10:00-11:00 am and 2:15-3:15 pm)
Wednesday, July 18 (1:30-2:30 pm and 2:45-3:45 pm)

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

USDA has published an interim rule 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 requirements as eligible to receive an additional six cents per each reimbursable lunch served. This funding is available beginning October 1, 2012, and will be 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. An archived webinar is available here.

EatRight Radio: Free Public Service Announcements Available from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals is launching EatRight Radio, a new online resource with free public service announcements that encourage millions of people to improve their health. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has created a broadcast team of registered dietitians to create a network of free public service announcements beginning this summer.

Thirty- and sixty-second EatRight Radio PSAs are available online in both English and Spanish and feature a registered dietitian offering current science-based health and nutrition tips, including eating gluten-free, promoting children's health, supporting a healthy pregnancy, the temptations of late-night snacking and more.

Visit the links below to preview examples of EatRight Radio messages from registered dietitians:

  • Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less (30 seconds), Jim White
  • Eating Gluten-Free (30 seconds), Constance Brown-Riggs
  • Say No to Dangerous Fad Diets (60 seconds), Melissa Joy Dobbins
  • Estado de salud y físico de ancianos (Senior Health and Fitness) (30 seconds - Spanish), Manuel Villacorta

Visit www.EatRight.org/Radio to learn more and to browse, preview and download PSAs, all free of charge.

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

USDA’s new “Together We Can” Partnership Series for community and faith-based organizations webinar program shares opportunities to collaborate with USDA to help those in need in your community. 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 learn more about the series or to register, click here.

Webinar Schedule:

  • 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

Registration for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is less than one month away! Representatives from all sectors of Farm to Cafeteria will convene in Burlington, Vt., from August 2-5, 2012, for four days of education, conversations 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 is now open. Visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule for more information about the conference.

USDA Calling for Nominations for Champions of Change

USDA Secretary Vilsack is calling upon all community leaders who have committed themselves to ending hunger to apply to the “White House Champions of Change: Alleviating Hunger at Home and Abroad” program. The purpose of this program is to recognize individuals who are using innovative community-based approaches to reduce hunger and ensure that people have access to enough food both in the United States and internationally. Some examples of a champion’s work include:

  • Reaching food insecure families and individuals via outreach around federal nutrition assistance programs (such as SNAP, WIC, or school meals).
  • Supplying food to underserved populations through a community garden, farmers market, or other local food project.
  • Running a summer or afterschool meal program for kids or helping to support that program with activities, transportation, outreach, or healthy meals.
  • Running a nutrition education program for low-income citizens to stretch the food dollar and heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health.
  • Expanding access to and quality of school feeding programs.

Visit the White House website for more information and to submit your nominations by Friday, June 29th.

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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