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October 29, 2013

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Federal Policy

SNA Wants Your Input to Make LAC 2014 the Best Yet!
Federal Register: FNS Publishes Direct Certification Rule – Seeks Information
Radio Spot Explains Community Eligibility
Radio Spot on Signing Up Kids for Free and Reduced Eligible Kids
@SchoolLunch Participated in a Twitter Chat on Farm to School
School Lunch Slideshow in Bon Appétit
USDA Farm to School Census Released – Districts Can Update Data Until November 30th
USDA FNS Requests Information Related to School Nutrition and Meal Cost
October is National Farm to School Month!

State Policy

Purdue University Partners With Indiana Schools and Officials
San Francisco Board Considers Breakfast in the Classroom
Minnesota Lt. Governor Serves Breakfast to Duluth Students
SNA Vermont Hosts First Local Growers and Food Producers Show

Reports, Webinars, and Events

CDC Data on Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults
SNA’s October Issue of trendSETS Focuses on School Breakfast
Submit Proposals for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

SNA Wants Your Input to Make LAC 2014 the Best Yet!

SNA is currently planning the 2014 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) to be held the first week in March. We are very excited about some of the changes and we hope you will be too! As we plan the breakout sessions, we thought it would be best to hear from you on what would make an interesting, timely and beneficial one hour breakout session. The topics we currently have slated for breakouts will cover supper programs, competitive foods, community eligibility option, creative menu planning, marketing of produce, handling of allergies and other unique food issues, and promoting your program to administrators. We want to hear from you on topic ideas for one additional session. Please email your ideas for a one hour session to SNA Senior Vice President of Child Nutrition & Policy Cathy Schuchart at cschuchart@schoolnutrition.org by Friday, November 1.

Stay tuned to Tuesday Morning for an announcement with registration opens in December. However, mark your calendar for March 2-5, 2014! Our Opening Speaker will be Kathleen Parker who will provide us with insight into the current Washington political landscape. She is a columnist for The Washington Post, writing twice-weekly on politics and culture.

Federal Register: FNS Publishes Direct Certification Rule – Seeks Information

The interim rule entitled Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals was published on April 25, 2011. The Information Collection Request for this rule revised an existing information collection, OMB Control Number 0584-0026, and created a new collection OMB Control Number 0584-0585.The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated Information Collection Requests on April 19, 2013, and August 14, 2013, respectively. This document announces the approval of the request. For more information, click here.

Radio Spot Explains Community Eligibility

A report out this month looked at how the program is working so far in Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan, the first three states to adopt the community eligibility option. In schools where the program had been in place for two years, average daily participation in school lunch increased by 13 percent, says Zoe Neuberger, senior policy analyst with the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Participation in the breakfast program increased by 25 percent. To listen and learn more, click here.

Radio Spot on Signing Up Kids for Free and Reduced Eligible Kids

At Rognel Heights Elementary/Middle School on the west side of Baltimore, seventh-grader Brianna McClain loads up on veggies at the salad bar, a prize from the district because every family in the school returned the application form for free and reduced-price lunch. To listen and learn more, click here.

@SchoolLunch Participated in a Twitter Chat on Farm to School

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a Farm to School Chat on October 23, 2013. You can read a selection of SNA’s tweets and involvement, here.

School Lunch Slideshow in Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit magazine features a slideshow showcasing several public schools with a focus on healthy, tasty and local foods. To view the slideshow, click here.

USDA Farm to School Census Released – Districts Can Update Data Until November 30th

USDA has released its first-ever Farm to School Census, revealing that in school year 2011-12, over 38,000 schools across the country served over $350 million in local food in their school cafeterias. Visitors to USDA’s Farm to School Census website (www.fns.usda.gov/FarmtoSchool/census) can access the results at the national, state and district levels.

School districts that missed the opportunity to participate in the survey can submit information regarding farm to school practices through November 30, 2013. Districts that did participate are encouraged to visit the site to check their responses. USDA will accept updated responses from school districts through November 30, 2013. To update data for your school district or to complete the questionnaire, contact Matt Benson with the USDA Farm to School Program at matthew.benson@fns.usda.gov.

USDA FNS Requests Information Related to School Nutrition and Meal Cost

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released a request for information in the Federal Register. Comments are invited for their School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study. The study comes at a time of unprecedented change for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The new requirements are intended to better align USDA meals and snacks with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to improve participating students' food and nutrient intake. Complying with the new requirements might affect the costs of producing school lunches and breakfasts. Conducting this study at this historic juncture will provide FNS with crucial information about the effects of the new meal standards on nutritional quality and the cost of school meals. No national study has concurrently examined the cost of producing school meals, the nutritional profile of school meals and the amount of plate waste in school meals. For more details and instructions for submitting information, click here.

October is National Farm to School Month!

The National Farm to School Network invites you to partner in promoting Farm to School Month through the remainder of October. Visit www.farmtoschoolmonth.org for more details and to access a host of resources available to help you plan your celebration. Also, don’t forget to use #F2SMonth when you talk about Farm to School Month on social media.


State Policy

Purdue University Partners With Indiana Schools and Officials

On October 24, officials from Purdue University, local officials, and schools educators met to promote partnerships between local producers and schools. Officials from the Tippecanoe School Corp., helped the Governor’s office and the Purdue team organize the event. Representatives of the Indiana departments of Education, Health and Agriculture, as well as local food producers will also attend. To learn more, visit this link.

San Francisco Board Considers Breakfast in the Classroom

The San Francisco School Board will take up the issue of providing breakfast in the classroom at its next meeting. The student-sponsored measure is up for a school board vote Tuesday and would direct the superintendent to look at ways to address concerns. To learn more, visit this link.

Minnesota Lt. Governor Serves Breakfast to Duluth Students

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon launched the Minnesota School Breakfast Challenge by serving breakfast to elementary students in Duluth. It will provide financial incentives to selected schools that increase their breakfasts served to children eligible for free and reduced-price meals. For the schools that participate, they will receive an unrestricted $0.10 per meal incentive that can be used for any school purpose. To learn more, visit this link.

SNA Vermont Hosts First Local Growers and Food Producers Show

On October 25, SNA Vermont hosted the first annual Local Growers & Food Producers show for school meals. SNA President Leah Schmidt spoke at the event, as well as U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

CDC Data on Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reports that according to data from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, there was "no significant change in obesity prevalence between 2009-10 and 2011-12 among either men or women."

SNA’s October Issue of trendSETS Focuses on School Breakfast

The October issue of SNA’s trendSETS newsletter is now available to members and focuses on school breakfast. This issue of trendSETS includes information from an analysis of elementary school breakfast menus. Fruit, cereal, pancakes and juice are among the most common items on these school breakfast menus. In addition to common school breakfast items, the newsletter provides insights into how these menus have changed over the past four years. Also included is feedback from a group of school nutrition directors on how their school breakfast programs are going so far this school year and the changes they have made to meet the new breakfast requirements.

trendSETS is a quarterly e-newsletter that contains information on "hot topics" in school nutrition. The newsletter provides insights into school nutrition trends using data and information collected from SNA members. This newsletter is now available as a membership benefit to all SNA members. To access the trendSETS newsletter, visit the Resource Center or click here.

Submit Proposals for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up

The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The conference will take place April 15-18, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Submit your proposal for a workshop, poster or lightning talk by November 8. For full details and information, you can download the official request for proposals here. For more information, visit farmtocafeteriaconference.org. Registration opens in January 2014.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

October 29-30, 2013, Massachusetts State Conference, Worcester, MA


 
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