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Tuesday Morning - November 6, 2012

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November 6, 2012

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USDA Offers Food Assistance to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

November 29th Webinar: Farm to School + New Meal Pattern

Share Our Strength Expanding No Kid Hungry Allies Program

USDA Releases Memo on Improving Access to USDA Foods

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USDA Offers Food Assistance to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coordinating with states and partner organizations to provide disaster nutrition assistance to individuals in 13 states affected by Hurricane Sandy. In New York, USDA is working with the state, the Food Bank of New York City, and partner agencies to distribute approximately 1.1 million pounds of USDA Foods. In New Jersey, USDA worked late last week with the state and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to coordinate the delivery of 39,000 pounds of USDA Foods to support congregate feeding efforts. The food bank will combine USDA Foods with existing food stocks to produce 15,000 meals per day for 5-7 days to be distributed in cooperation with the Red Cross and Salvation Army at shelters.

To read the full press release about USDA’s food assistance, click here. For more information about disaster nutrition assistance, click here.

November 29th Webinar: Farm to School + New Meal Pattern

On Thursday, November 29th (1:00 pm EST), USDA will host a webinar to focus on inclusion of local and regional products in the new meal pattern. In addition to USDA Farm to School personnel, FNS Child Nutrition Program staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about the new meal pattern and local and regional products. To RSVP for the webinar and to receive dial in information, please contact Laura Brown at laura.brown@fns.usda.gov.

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, 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.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for November

November 1-4, Mississippi State Conference, Tupelo, MS
November 2-3, Arkansas State Conference, Hot Springs, AR
November 2-4, Missouri State Conference, Springfield, MO
November 7-8, SNA Industry Boot Camp, Bethesda, MD
November 9-11, Michigan State Conference, Acme, MI
November 9-11, California State Conference, Pasadena, CA


 
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