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Tuesday Morning - September 10, 2013

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September 10, 2013

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Federal Policy

Federal Register Notice Regarding Annual Report of State Revenue Matching
Congress Back From Recess; SNA to Visit
Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation 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

Vermont Schools Eliminate Reduced Lunch
California Schools Adjusting to Local Control Funding Program
Massachusetts Schools Make New Meal Pattern Work
California District Goes to One Lunch Period for High Schools
Texas Begins to Prepare for Expanded Breakfast

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity
Connecting Schools and Communities through the Afterschool Meal Program
Energize Your Day with School Breakfast Webinar
USDA Farm to School Program and eXtension Hosting Two Webinars

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Federal Register Notice Regarding Annual Report of State Revenue Matching

On September 9, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a notice in the Federal Register inviting comments regarding: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. For further details, visit this link.

Congress Back From Recess; SNA to Visit

With Congress back in session, having returned from their district work period, SNA’s Vice President of Child Nutrition Policy along with our lobbyists have two days of Hill visits scheduled to continue conversations and to talk through the major issues that face our members. Stay tuned for more on these meetings.

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 Breakfast Materials Still Available

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 the Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City. To access this resource, click here.

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 and has registered to provide oral comments at the October 3 meeting. 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, SNA Task Force Reconvenes

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) 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 then SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS. Other resources include the OFW Memo on the Interim Final Rule and a side-by-side comparison (in Excel) of SNA’s recommendations (view comments) and the Interim Final Rule.


State Policy

Vermont Schools Eliminate Reduced Lunch

Vermont is the first state to eliminate the reduced lunch and breakfast categories. Legislation passed and funded earlier this year went into effect this school year and state officials estimate roughly 6,000 students will now receive their lunch for free. The State has budgeted $400,000 to cover the costs of this program. To learn more, visit this link. Additional stories can be found here and here.

California Schools Adjusting to Local Control Funding Program

With a new way to fund schools in California (Local Control Funding Program (LCFP), school nutrition programs have to reach out to more students to fill out free/reduced applications. Every student eligible must fill out applications, even those in high-need schools, but due to confusion, many parents have not filled out the necessary forms before the school year started. Schools in the Oakland area intend to provide meals to all students until the paperwork issue can be addressed. To learn more, visit this link.

Massachusetts Schools Make New Meal Pattern Work

In light of recent reports that students are unhappy with the new meal pattern, Massachusetts schools state that their students are well prepared to accept changes to lunch. Massachusetts requires all public schools to offer the healthy meals. Many schools started offering whole wheat items and more produce as early as 2004 so students are used to eating healthier options. To learn more, visit this link.

California District Goes to One Lunch Period for High Schools

High school students in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District in California will now have one extended lunch period vs. two beginning this year. Before the switch, one high school underwent a six month pilot program to help highlight issues. While administrators are pleased with the decision, some parents have expressed concerns. To learn more, visit this link.

Texas Begins to Prepare for Expanded Breakfast

Starting next year, more schools throughout Texas will be participating in the School Breakfast Program. Due to legislation passed earlier this spring, if a school has 80 percent or more free/reduced they must provide free breakfast beginning in school year 2014. The new legislation allows school districts to request a waiver from participation for one year, after which time each district will be required to implement the program into its schools. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

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 pm (EDT, in person or via webinar)
1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
To register for this webcast, click here.

Connecting Schools and Communities through the Afterschool Meal Program

The School Nutrition Foundation, along with the Food Research and Action Center and the Afterschool Alliance are hosting a free webinar tomorrow, September 11, 2:00-3:15 pm (EST). Join this webinar and learn how your child nutrition program can make the transition to serving an afterschool meal. In addition, participants will learn about the valuable partnership opportunities that exist with local community groups to overcome barriers when implementing the program. To learn more or to register, click here.

Energize Your Day with School Breakfast Webinar

On Thursday, September 12 at 2:00 pm (ET), USDA FNS with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) will host a webinar. In recognition of the important role breakfast plays in every child’s day, PCFSN is highlighting the many benefits of eating a school breakfast as part of its back to school campaign. Together with FNS, they are coordinating efforts to ensure that the message reaches as many parents, students, school officials and community leaders as possible.

To join the audio:
1. Call the toll-free number (from your telephone, audio is not available over the computer): 1-800-988-0278
2. When prompted, enter the participant pass code: 6668750#

To join the live meeting webinar:
1. Click on (or copy and paste) this link to join the meeting: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/join?id=JRT8FB&role=attend
2. If you are asked for a Meeting ID and Entry Code, the Meeting ID is JRT8FB, please leave Entry Code blank (not required).

USDA Farm to School Program and eXtension Hosting Two Webinars

The USDA Farm to School Program and the eXtension Community of Practice in Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems will host two webinars to explore Cooperative Extension professionals’ role in supporting farm to school programs.

  • Wednesday, September 25, 1:00-2:00 pm (EDT), Emily Jackson of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will share outcomes from a tri-state project that examined the roles of Cooperative Extension in farm to school. She will be joined by Teresa Wiemerslage from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who will share how she is supporting local food procurement, school wellness, and youth engagement in Northeast Iowa.
  • Wednesday, October 9, 1:00-2:00 pm (EDT), Julia Govis from University of Illinois Extension and Morgan Taggart from Ohio State University Extension will discuss the many ways they are supporting farm to school through the development of educational resources and curriculum.

To view the webinars via LiveMeeting, click here. To hear the webinars, dial 1-800-988-0278 and use the passcode 91613#. Both webinars will be recorded and available on the USDA Farm to School website within 1-2 weeks of initial viewing.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 26-28, 2013, Arizona State Conference, Glendale, AZ


 
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