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May 21, 2013

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Federal Policy

U.S. House of Representatives Offering a Version of the Farm Bill that Alters the Fruit and Vegetable Program
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House
Congressional Calendars: How About a Cafeteria Visit?

State Policy

New Nutrition Policy in New Hampshire City Means Less Cupcakes
Vermont Governor Signs Legislation Extending Free Meals
Nebraska Lawmakers Call for Study on Breakfast Participation
Colorado Governor Signs “Breakfast After the Bell” Bill

Reports, Webinars, and Events

IOM Releases Consensus Report on Sodium Intake
Webinar on Food Allergy Becoming an ADA Disability – May 29, 2013
Webinar on Summer Food Service Program – May 30, 2013
Webinar on Community Eligibility Option – June 5, 2013
Team Nutrition Releases Updated Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

U.S. House of Representatives Offering a Version of the Farm Bill that Alters the Fruit and Vegetable Program

For at least the second time, a U.S. House of Representatives committee is offering a version of the massive farm bill that would dramatically change a snack program that is intended to develop a taste for fresh produce in children from low-income families. In the version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act marked up by the House Agriculture Committee last week, the word "fresh" is stricken from language about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, opening the door to canned, frozen and dried fruits. For more on this, read this Education Week article.

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials

Much like the Meal Pattern Guide found at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern, SNA is working to create materials to support members in breakfast meal pattern changes. Working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee is looking to create materials with examples of breakfast menus for members to gear up for the changes this fall with school breakfast as dictated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These menus would be geared to meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) requirements for the 2013-14 school year. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be releasing this guide at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., in July.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

Please help us in providing healthy school meals each day. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor S. 427/H.R. 1303. For a customizable form letter to send to your House Members and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546.

Congressional Calendars: How About a Cafeteria Visit?

During recess periods, many Senators and Members of Congress head back to connect with constituents in their districts. The Senate and House are both on State Work/Constituent Work Weeks during May 27-31, 2013. That would be a great time to reach out and invite them to visit your cafeteria and see how school meals help the kids in their districts. To see the calendars for 2013, click here. For SNA’s toolkit on setting up a Cafeteria Site Visit, click here.


State Policy

New Nutrition Policy in New Hampshire City Means Less Cupcakes

In Manchester, N.H., a newly passed nutrition policy for schools will mean fewer birthday parties in classrooms. The new policy encourages classrooms to hold a monthly birthday party for all students vs. individual parties and limits the types of foods that can be served. It also limits the number of times ice cream and popcorn can be sold on school grounds to twice weekly. The policy also states that the sale of baked goods and other items cannot be held within 30 minutes of meal times. To learn more, click here.

Vermont Governor Signs Legislation Extending Free Meals

Last week, Gov. Shumlin of Vermont signed into law legislation providing funds to eliminate the reduced price category for lunch. By appropriating over $300,000, Vermont school lunch programs will be able to provide free meals to all low-income students. It is the first state to provide such funds and supporters were able to point to the benefits from a similar breakfast program. SNA Vermont worked with Hunger-Free Vermont over the past few years to ensure passage. To learn more, click here.

Nebraska Lawmakers Call for Study on Breakfast Participation

Citing studies that showed low breakfast participation in the state, Nebraska lawmakers have called for a study addressing the issue. Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln has asked staff to study the matter to see whether there are barriers to participation. The Legislature's Education Committee will hear public testimony on the issue later this year. Depending on what's found, Avery said he may introduce legislation next year. To learn more, click here.

Colorado Governor Signs “Breakfast After the Bell” Bill

On May 15, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the “Breakfast After the Bell” bill which requires schools that have 80 percent or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch to serve breakfast after the start of the school day. While advocated for by some organizations, others express concern about the increase in costs to school food programs. To learn more, click here.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

IOM Releases Consensus Report on Sodium Intake

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a consensus report titled: “Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence.” Evidence has shown that reducing sodium intake reduces blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Some recent research, however, suggests that sodium intakes that are low may also increase health risks, particularly in certain groups. The IOM concluded that there’s no good evidence that eating very low levels, below the 2,300 milligrams a day that the government recommends for the general population, has benefit even though national guidelines urge that certain high-risk patients do just that. Some advocacy groups like the American Heart Association and Center for Science in the Public Interest are still in favor of lowering the recommendation.

Click here to download the IOM report.
Click here to read a Washington Post article on the topic.

Webinar on Food Allergy Becoming an ADA Disability – May 29, 2013

On May 29, 2013, at 1:00 pm ET, there will be a webinar covering the changes in categorizing food allergies. As a result of a recent settlement between the federal Department of Justice and Lesley University in Massachusetts, students with serious food allergies may now qualify for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By applying ADA to food allergies, the Department of Justice has turned food into an access issue... access to an education in this case. This decision will likely impact both higher education as well as the primary and secondary levels. The implications of this settlement are likely to be far reaching and require significant changes for all levels of education in order to avoid charges of discrimination against students with special dietary needs. Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she guides you through the landmark Lesley University settlement and helps you understand its relevance to you as you consider what changes might be necessary in your dietary planning in order not to violate this new ADA accessibility requirement. To learn more about this webinar, click here.

Webinar on Summer Food Service Program – May 30, 2013

On May 30, 2013, at 2:00 pm ET, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host a bilingual (English/Spanish) webinar highlighting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  in farmworker communities. The webinar will provide information about how the SFSP works to help feed low-income children during the summer, who is eligible for the program, and how you (individuals and organizations working in farmworker communities) can get involved with summer meals this year. The webinar will also cover the many resources available to help you get started, highlight successful programs and outreach practices from around the country, and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered by FNS Program experts in English and Spanish. To learn more about the SFSP, visit www.summerfood.usda.gov. To register for the webinar, click here.

Webinar on Community Eligibility Option – June 5, 2013

On June 5, 2013, at 2:00 pm ET, the School Nutrition Foundation, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), will host a FREE webinar, "Making Universal Meals a Reality through the Community Eligibility Option.” Learn about the Community Eligibility Option (CEO), the newest federal option to provide all meals at no charge in high poverty schools without the need for school meals applications. CEO will be available in the 2013-14 school year in 11 states—DC, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, NY, OH, WV—and will be available nationwide starting July 2014. Schools that have implemented it have found that participation increases while paperwork decreases, and that revenues often increase as well. To register for the webinar, click here.

Team Nutrition Releases Updated Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a joint effort from USDA's Team Nutrition and the Department of Health and Human Services, helps child care providers create healthier environments for the 2 through 5 year-old children in their care. Along with the nutrition, physical activity and screen time tip sheets, the handbook's supplements cover additional important topics: choking prevention and food allergies. Supplement B, "Care for Children With Food Allergies," is even more comprehensive in this newly revised version and is a vital tool for all child care facilities. The helpful "Resources" section of the handbook has also been updated and expanded. The handbook is available for download from Team Nutrition’s Resource Library at here.

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

The US and Canadian governments are offering the opportunity to nominate nutrients for which Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) values may need to be reviewed. These will be considered by the Federal DRI Committees of both countries as they undertake the task of prioritizing nutrients for future review. Nomination requirements will be specified on the Dietary Reference Intakes web page, available at www.health.gov/DRI. The nomination consists of a cover letter and a literature search. The DRI Committees will accept nominations for consideration through 11:59 pm EDT on July 31, 2013.


SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

May 7-9, 2013, Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids, Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, TX
May 17-21, 2013, National Restaurant Association Show, Chicago, IL
May 18-24, 2013, Global Child Nutrition Forum, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, Bahia, Brazil


 
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