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September 3, 2013

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Federal Policy

USDA Tests New Methods to Ensure Children Have Access to Healthy Food during the Summer Months
Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Release Breakfast Materials Still Available
2015 Dietary Guidelines Process is in Full Swing
Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published, SNA Task Force Reconvenes

State Policy

SNA State Competitive Foods Summary Updated
Maine School Steps Up Local Grown, Chef Created Menus
Alabama County Joins Locally Grown Movement
Iowa School Undergoes Massive Cafeteria Renovation
Oregon Department of Education Provides Farm to School Grants

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Share Our Strength Releases “Hunger In Our Schools: Teachers Report 2013”
SNA Releases Back to School Trends Report
Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Federal Policy

USDA Tests New Methods to Ensure Children Have Access to Healthy Food during the Summer Months

An Agriculture Department evaluation released last month examines the impact of a new alternative delivery method for providing low income children with access to food during the summer months when school meals are not available. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to healthy food for low income children, USDA has set a goal of serving 5 million more meals to eligible children this summer. Following a directive from Congress, USDA has also conducted a series of projects examining methods to better serve low income children, particularly those living in remote areas or areas otherwise underserved by USDA’s summer meals programs.

Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today

Highlight the efforts your staff and school community are making to ensure that students will be eating nutritious meals and engaging in nutrition education, physical education, and physical activity this school year. Download the HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria Application at teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/application.html. If you have any questions, you can always contact your State Child Nutrition Agency for more information.

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Release Breakfast Materials

In collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee created materials with examples of breakfast menus that meet the new meal pattern standards for school breakfast. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation released this guide at ANC Kansas City. Find this resource in the highlights section of www.schoolnutrition.org.

2015 Dietary Guidelines Process is in Full Swing

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have announced the establishment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This process happens every 5 years. The DGAC is expected to convene five public meetings; the first meeting was held on June 13 - 14, 2013. The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will be presented in a report to both the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, and will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This serves as a policy document for which all dietary guidance for Americans is based upon.

SNA will be drafting comments to be included in the record as well as submitting comments for consideration for oral testimony. SNA is monitoring the process closely. You are encouraged to submit comments, as well. To view archived webinars from public meetings, submit comments, and see the full calendar of events, click here.

Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published

FNS/USDA has published an interim final rule for Competitive Foods entitled, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School. SNA is in the process of reviewing and analyzing the rule, as well as determining next steps in response to the rule. This interim final rule amends the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. There is a 120-day comment period for the interim final rule and written comments on the rule are accepted at regulations.gov until October 28, 2013. SNA has reconvened the Competitive Task Force in order to develop an official association position. These comments are being reviewed and will be shared upon board approval.

See www.schoolnutrition.org/competitivefoods for the Interim Final Rule, SNA’s Press Release, and a list of a number of news articles on the topic quoting SNA President Sandra Ford.
Click here for an OFW Memo on the Interim Final Rule.
Click here for a side by side comparison of SNA’s recommendations in our comments and the Interim Final Rule.

State Policy

SNA State Competitive Foods Summary Updated

Just in time for the new school year, SNA has updated the State Competitive Foods Summary to include legislation that has been signed into law over the past few months. This report is, as can best be determined, accurate for 2013 and will be updated as policies change.

Maine School Steps Up Local Grown, Chef Created Menus

Some school districts in Maine are changing how they source food for meals and how they develop recipes. The Windham-Raymond School District, in an effort to take its meals to the next level, has hired a full-time chef to help train staff, teach after-school classes and devise menu items that meet students' tastes. Portland schools are leading the farm-to-school charge by serving only locally sourced foods at least one day a week.

Alabama County Joins Locally Grown Movement

Schools in Madison, Alabama will be served produce from local farmers this school year, beginning with roasted sweet potatoes. “The plan is to use more locally-produced food while enhancing the nutrition on students' plates,” Marty Tatara, Child Nutrition Program supervisor for the district, said in a news release.

Iowa School Undergoes Massive Cafeteria Renovation

A high school located in Cedar Rapids underwent a $2 million renovation over the summer months. Top priority was to replace equipment original to when the school was built in 1957 and upgrade gas and power lines. Funds for the project came from the food nutrition budget as well as school tax revenue.

Oregon Department of Education Provides Farm to School Grants

Recently, the Oregon DOE provided grants to fund farm to school purchases to nineteen schools. The state awarded over $1 million in grants allowing for schools to purchase local produce as well as locally sourced protein.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Share Our Strength Releases “Hunger In Our Schools: Teachers Report 2013”

They found that an overwhelming three in four teachers and principals report regularly seeing hungry kids in their schools. These same teachers and principals are spending more out of their own pocket to help hungry kids. On average, teachers who buy food for hungry students spend $37 a month— that’s about $300 per school year. Principals report spending about $60 a month. Click here for their press release and full report.

SNA Releases Back to School Trends Report

The latest SNA Back to School Trends Report was released recently, and as an additional member benefit, the report is now free to download. (Member login required.) The report includes valuable information on participation, costs, new meal pattern implementation, breakfast expansion and food and beverage trends. As part of SNA’s back to school media outreach campaign, a USA Today article published on August 20th features Trends Report data demonstrating how schools are helping more students start their day with a healthy breakfast through alternative delivery methods.
Learn more here.

Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity

Sponsored Active Living Research, Public Health Institute, and Ready for Recess
Tuesday, September 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - in person or via webinar
1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

To register for webcast

Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 26-28, Arizona State Conference, Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, AZ


 
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