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Tuesday Morning - October 30, 2012

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October 30, 2012

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Share Our Strength Expanding No Kid Hungry Allies Program

USDA Releases Memo on Improving Access to USDA Foods

National Farm to School Month

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids Series Continues

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Share Our Strength Expanding No Kid Hungry Allies Program

In 2011, Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry Allies Program and selected 13 nonprofit organizations in 12 states across the country to fight childhood hunger. These organizations have expertise in anti-hunger issues, child nutrition programs and work with low-income families; demonstrated the ability to develop creative strategies for ending childhood hunger; and presented a long-term, metric-driven plan with innovative solutions to ending child hunger in their community. This year, they are expanding the No Kid Hungry Allies program and are looking for additional organizations to join the fight to end childhood hunger. If you know of a nonprofit that may be a good fit, please direct them to http://nokidhungry.org/allies to learn more.

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.

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: “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 27-31, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, San Francisco, CA


 
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