In Ohio, students at the Beavercreek City Schools received a token with their school lunch. The token serves as a reminder to students to bring back a coin this month, helping the school district reach a goal of $2,500.
The U.S. Congress also recognized Global Child Nutrition Month. On Monday, March 31, 2008, Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) offered remarks before the House of Representatives, recognizing the work of organizations like GCNF and SNA in ending the worldwide scourge of hunger and poverty. For additional information, please see Related Links.
USDA Releases New Commodity Fact Sheets
Straight from the presses! USDA just released several new fact sheets to answer your most burning questions about commodities. The Did You Know? fact sheet provides basic answers to common misperceptions about the commodities program while the Commodity Foods Backgrounder gives information regarding how the program works. Please visit Related Links to view the publications.
Flavored Milk Provides Health Benefits for Children
Researchers at the University of Vermont have found that children who drink milk, whether flavored or plain, have a lower body mass index (BMI) than children who do not. The study, published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that drinking flavored milk does not cause increased weight gain. Researchers noted that sugar intake did not differ between flavored milk drinkers and plain milk drinkers. Children who drank either plain or flavored milk consumed more nutrients, such as Vitamin A and calcium, than children who did not drink milk.
Privatization of School Meal Programs May Hurt Student Performance
A new study by a researcher at the University of Michigan found that privatizing the school meal programs may not benefit a school district in the long run. The research was conducted Roland Zullo, an assistant research scientist with the school’s Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. He argues that Michigan school districts that used food service contract management companies did not see significant cost savings. While the districts saved money on labor and food, they usually spent those savings on contractor fees and supplies. Zullo also noted that schools that utilized contract management companies saw lower test scores on average. He attributed this to they types of meals served by these companies.
Reduced Corn Crops Could Mean Higher Food Costs
This week, the USDA released a projection showing that American farmers will plant 8 percent less corn this year, sending concerns about higher food costs through out the food industry. High demand for corn, combined with record wheat and soy prices, are driving up food costs worldwide. Farmers are planting fewer corn crops this year in favor of cashing in on the high prices of wheat and soy. Many in the food industry fear that a smaller corn crop will drive prices even higher. Corn is a key ingredient in many American food products.
State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna
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