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September 11, 2012

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USDA Under Secretary Concannon Visits SNA President Sandra Ford’s District

USDA FNS is Seeking Comments - Request for Information: Research on the Causes, Characteristics, and Consequences of Childhood Hunger and Food Insecurity

SNF Webinar Wednesday: Back to School with the New Meal Pattern – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

Join National PTA and the Pew Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project for Virtual Back to School Night: The School Day Just Got Healthier

USDA Launches The School Day Just Got Healthier

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Announce One Million SuperTracker Users

National Farm to School Month

Resources on SNA’s Meal Pattern Web Page

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Proclamation

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

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SNA Legislative Action Center

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USDA Under Secretary Concannon Visits SNA President Sandra Ford’s District

On Monday, September 10th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon met with Manatee County School Board Officials in Bradenton, Fla., to recognize Manatee County Schools for improving school meals and meeting the HealthierUS School Challenge for 28 of their elementary schools. Concannon visited Daughtrey Elementary School, one of the award winners, to have breakfast with the students and celebrate their award. Congrats!

USDA FNS is Seeking Comments - Request for Information: Research on the Causes, Characteristics, and Consequences of Childhood Hunger and Food Insecurity

Section 141 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provides $10 million to USDA for research on the causes, characteristics and consequences of childhood hunger and food insecurity. This notice announces a request for public comments to assist the Food and Nutrition Service in determining how best to focus these funds on areas and methods with the greatest research potential to maximize the return on this investment.

To read the federal register notice in full, click here. SNA would like to submit comments based on members’ experiences with hunger in school children. Please review the notice and share your comments with Cathy Schuchart, SNA Staff Vice President of Child Nutrition & Policy, at cschuchart@schoolnutrition.org by October 1, 2012.

SNF Webinar Wednesday: Back to School with the New Meal Pattern – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will be offering a FREE webinar this afternoon, Wednesday, September 12, from 2:00-3:15 pm ET entitled: “Back to School with the New Meal Pattern – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers."

With the new school year upon us, hear from representatives from USDA and SNA address concerns with meeting the new meal pattern. USDA will provide insight on the latest version of their memo: Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program. The Q&A reflects inquiries USDA has received and provides additional information on meeting the requirements. The goal of this webinar is to provide further opportunity to explore the questions and concerns members have in order to implement the new meal pattern successfully. There will be abundant time available for questions during the webinar. Presenters during the webinar are:

  • Cindy Brooks, Director of Food Services, Seymour Public Schools, Seymour, Conn.
  • Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
  • Cindy Long, Director, Child Nutrition Division, USDA
  • Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, USDA
  • Bill Wagoner, Team Leader, Technical Assistance Section, Child Nutrition Division, USDA

You can learn more about the webinar here. Following the webinar, the presentation and audio will be archived.

Join National PTA and the Pew Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project for Virtual Back to School Night: The School Day Just Got Healthier

Pew and the National PTA have organized a virtual Back to School Night to share information about the new school lunch with parents. Share this information with parents in your school districts.

School lunches will have a whole new look this year as part of USDA’s updated nutrition standards for school meals. As parents, it can be difficult to navigate what these changes mean. Join National PTA President Betsy Landers, White House Chef Sam Kass, the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, and USDA for a live discussion about the exciting new meals coming to school cafeterias!

  • When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 7:00 pm EST
  • Where: Tune in live right here from wherever you are!
  • Speakers:
    Sam Kass, White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives
    Betsy Landers, National PTA President
    Jessica Donze Black, Director, Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

You can follow PTA and Pew on Twitter @NationalPTA and @JDonzeBlack_Pew. SNA will be attending the live event and tweeting via @SchoolLunch.

USDA Launches The School Day Just Got Healthier

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently launched a back to school campaign to help raise awareness about the changes to school meals. The toolkit is a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year. For more information, as well as resources that you can use to promote the initiative, visit the Healthier School Day website.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Announce One Million SuperTracker Users

SuperTracker, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s (CNPP) interactive diet and activity tracking tool, has reached one million registered users. This milestone is happening less than nine months after SuperTracker was first launched. CNPP is utilizing this occasion as a promotion platform to extend the reach and increase awareness of this resource among the American public. For more information, read USDA’s press release.

National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food. For resources and tools regarding Farm to School Month, visit www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/resources.

Resources on SNA’s Meal Pattern Web Page

You can download helpful resources and tools to navigate the new meal pattern at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern. This includes USDA memos, the revised Meal Pattern Implementation Guide, executive summaries from SNA’s Annual National Conference, press release templates and more!

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Proclamation

On August 31, 2012, President Obama released a proclamation declaring September 2012 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to rededicate the country to the critical nature of childhood obesity. In the proclamation, President Obama recognizes the First Lady’s work with the Let’s Move! initiative, as well as the 4,000 schools that have met the HealthierUS School Challenge. To read the proclamation, click here.

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, 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

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for September

September 7-13, NFSMI Annual National Advisory Council Meeting, Oxford, MS
September 18, NAFEM’s End-User Allied Leadership Summit, Chicago, IL
September 18-19, Nutrition & Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit, Arlington, VA
September 27-29, Arizona State Conference, Glendale, AZ
September 28-29, Colorado State Conference, Colorado Springs, CO


 
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