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October 9, 2012

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New PR Tools and Talking Points about Calorie and Portion Limits

Updated SNA Meal Pattern Guide and Resources on SNA’s Meal Pattern Web Page

SNA Leaders Meet with USDA Officials on Meal Pattern Challenges

USDA FNS Seeking Comments - Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

National Farm to School Month

USDA Announces Support for Schools in Meeting New School Meal Requirements

October 16, 2012 Webinar: Farm to School

October 23, 2012 Webinar: USDA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Teaming Up for School Success

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

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New PR Tools and Talking Points about Calorie and Portion Limits

SNA has developed new resources to respond to negative news stories featuring student complaints about school meals and new calorie/portion limits. Members are encouraged to share SNA’s new 30-second Public Service Announcement, featuring school foodservice professionals and the delicious, nutritious food they serve. These resources and other PR tools, including tips for dealing with the media, can all be found at www.schoolnutrition.org/pr.

Updated SNA Meal Pattern Guide and 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, executive summaries from SNA’s Annual National Conference, press release templates and more. This is also where you can find SNA’s updated meal pattern guide, entitled We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern. The October 2012 version of the guide is designed to provide sample menus, resources, and other valuable tools needed to interpret and implement the new meal pattern regulations.

SNA Leaders Meet with USDA Officials on Meal Pattern Challenges

Recently, SNA leaders met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss the implementation of the new nutrition standards and to share input from SNA members, including successes, suggestions and creative ideas for overcoming challenges of the new meal pattern regulation. SNA has vowed to maintain the dialogue with USDA and encourages SNA members to continue to share their comments on the SNA news article.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service released an updated Questions & Answers earlier this month. Among other revisions, the Q&A now includes a table of contents and is organized topically.

USDA FNS is Seeking Comments - Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

In accordance with Section 304 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a proposed rule was released which would require local education agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program and demonstrating high levels of, or a high risk for administrative error associated with certification, verification, and other administrative processes to conduct an independent review of the initial eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meals for accuracy prior to notifying households of eligibility or ineligibility.

This proposed rule is expected to reduce administrative errors in eligibility. To read the full posting, click here. 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 30, 2012.

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.

USDA Announced Support for Schools in Meeting New School Meal Requirements

On September 13, 2012, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS, hosted a media conference call to announce new grants to support schools as they strive to serve healthy food, provide nutrition education, and create an environment focused on healthy eating and physical activity. For more information, click here.

October 16, 2012 Webinar: Farm to School

Join this webinar to review USDA farm to school activities in FY 2012, discuss early insights from the first round of farm to school grant applications, and share thoughts regarding FY 2013 priorities. This call will be particularly relevant to state agency farm to school coordinators or others with broad responsibilities for supporting farm to school activities.

To RSVP for the October 16th (1:00 pm EST) webinar and to receive dial in information, please contact Laura Brown at laura.brown@fns.usda.gov. Also, if you don’t already receive the USDA Farm to School E-letter and would like to, you can subscribe here by selecting “Farm to School” as a topic of interest from the many options once you’ve entered your email address.

October 23, 2012 Webinar: USDA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Teaming Up for School Success

Join this webinar to learn more about how the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program (HSP) are working together to help make schools healthier places. A new, streamlined award recognition process encourages schools to meet recognition in both programs. Hear from districts that have achieved success in both programs and learn how your school can do it, too!

Please register here to participate in the October 23rd (2:00-3:00 pm ET) webinar.

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, 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 October

October 12-15, Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ
October 17, SNA Industry Advisor Board Meeting, National Harbor, MD
October 18-20, SNA Fall Committee Days, National Harbor, MD
October 18-21, New York State Conference, Niagara Falls, NY
October 19-21, Kansas State Conference, Wichita, KS
October 20-23, American Academy of Pediatrics Nat’l Conference & Exhibition, New Orleans, LA
October 21-22, Vermont State Conference, Fairlee, VT
October 22-24, Massachusetts State Conference, Worcester, MA
October 25-27, Indiana State Conference, Fort Wayne, IN
October 25-27, Maine Fall Conference, South Portland, ME
October 27-31, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, San Francisco, CA


 
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