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August 14, 2012

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SNA Releases 2012 Back to School Trends Report

Executive Summaries from ANC Available: “Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern” and “Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents”

SNA Updated Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Webinars on the New “The School Day Just Got Healthier” Campaign

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

Comment Request for National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification Study II

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SNA Releases 2012 Back to School Trends Report

SNA’s 2012 Back to School Trends Report shows that school foodservice professionals are finding creative ways to prepare and serve school meals that meet healthy new nutrition standards. Schools are offering more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and are limiting the sodium, calories and saturated and trans fat in school meals. One finding is that over 55% of responding school districts have a self-serve salad or produce bar. To learn more about the report, click here.

Executive Summaries from ANC Available: “Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern” and “Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents”

SNA is sharing Executive Summaries of popular sessions from last month’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in order to provide information to all members. The first one, “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern,” covers the highlights and Q&A covered during the popular hot topic session. The second summary is of the session “Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents,” which was presented by USDA and covers the requirements for school food authorities to become certified.

You can download these and other helpful resources at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern. These summaries are under the header Executive Summaries from ANC.

SNA Updated Meal Pattern Implementation Guide

SNA has updated the meal pattern implementation guide, which was released last month during ANC 2012 in Denver. Entitled We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern, the goal of this guide is to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements for lunch. The updated August 2012 version of the guide is available for download at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Webinars on the New “The School Day Just Got Healthier” Campaign

USDA is offering free webinars targeted towards state agency staff, school foodservice personnel, and school administrators. These webinar sessions will introduce “The School Day Just Got Healthier” back-to-school campaign, aimed at helping prepare students, school staff and leadership, and parents for the changes to school meals. The webinar will include an overview of the resources available to help get the word out and build support for healthy eating in schools. All sessions will contain the same information.

Webinar Schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 14th (2:00-3:00 pm ET)
  • Wednesday, August 15th (4:00-5:00 pm ET)

To register, visit www.research.net/s/HealthierSchoolDayWebinar. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Kiev Randall, USDA FNS, at healthierschoolday@fns.usda.gov.

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

USDA’s “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, 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

Comment Request for National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification Study II

In School Year 2012-2013, on-site data collection activities will be conducted in a nationally representative sample of school districts and schools across the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Data to be collected will include school administrative records, household income from parents/guardians, direct observation of school meal transactions and other information that will inform the study.

USDA is collecting information regarding whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency. Comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806, and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, D.C. 20250-7602. Comments regarding these information collections should be received within 30 days of this notification on July 9, 2012. To learn more, click here.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for August

August 2-3, ANC Planning Committee, Kansas City, MO
August 7-9, 2012 Pennsylvania State Conference, Hershey, PA
August 9-10, Nevada State Conference, Fallon, NV


 
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