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October 23, 2012

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USDA Releases Memo on Improving Access to USDA Foods

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

National Farm to School Month

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

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids Series Continues

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USDA Releases Memo on Improving Access to USDA Foods

On October 11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memo designed to provide direction and guidance to state distributing agencies (SDAs). This is to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and to make certain that all school food authorities (SFAs) receive their planned assistance level and maximize their use of USDA Foods to meet the nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). In meeting the requirements, the SDA must offer to SFAs, to the extent practical, the full variety of USDA Foods that USDA makes available in NSLP. The SDA must use the most efficient and cost-effective distribution system for providing USDA Foods to SFAs. To read the memo in its entirety, click here.

USDA FNS 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.

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!

To participate in the October 23rd (2:00-3:00 pm ET) webinar, register www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/resources.

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids Series Continues

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 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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