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January 29, 2008

 

LAC Update

Senators Harkin, Chambliss to Speak at Closing General Session
LAC Hotel Information
Legislative Issue Paper
Hearing Scheduled for House Committee on Education and Labor
Don’t Forget Your District Profile Sheets!

State Legislative Update

Nutrition Standards
Farm to School

Other News

SNA Distributes Letter Explaining Nutrition Standards Position
It’s Not to Early to Start Thinking About Summer Feeding!
Change Our World Events Kick Off

 

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LAC Update

Senators Harkin, Chambliss to Speak at Closing General Session

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Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) are scheduled to address the closing general session of the 2008 Legislative Action Conference.  Senator Harkin is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Senator Chambliss is the ranking member.  Both Senators played significant roles in passing the Senate version of the 2007 Farm Bill.  Senator Harkin and Senator Chambliss are also champions of child nutrition and will play important roles in the 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization.  Please make sure you attend Wednesday’s very important session!

A town hall meeting on the 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization will also be held at the closing general session.  SNA President Mary Hill will preside over a panel of experts discussing some of the predominant issues for Reauthorization 2009.  After the panel, SNA members are encouraged to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas for what they would like to see included in the legislation.

LAC Hotel Information

A second block of rooms has been secured for attendees to LAC at the Marriott at Metro Center Hotel located at 774 12th Street NW just three blocks from the J.W. Marriott. SNA members can begin calling for rooms at the Marriott at Metro Center on Thursday, January 31, 2008. The rate is $269 and there are singles, doubles, triples and quads available. The cut-ff date for these rooms is February 8, 2008.

Legislative Issue Paper

The SNA Board of Directors is currently reviewing the 2008 Legislative Issue Paper.  Once the paper is approved, it will be posted to the SNA website.  Keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org for up-to-date information.

Hearing Scheduled for House Committee on Education and Labor

A hearing on child nutrition has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 10 AM with the House Committee on Education and Labor Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee.  Please plan on attending this important hearing.  Witnesses will be announced closer to the hearing date.

Don’t Forget Your District Profile Sheets!

District Profile Sheets are now available.  Please complete the form and bring a copy with you when you visit your legislators.  The District Profile Sheets are a great way to show your legislators how the school nutrition programs in your district operate. For updated information about LAC 2008, please visit Related Links.

State Legislative Update

Nutrition Standards

School nutrition standards remained a focus in many states this week.  In New Hampshire, a hearing was held on nutrition standards legislation introduced in early January.  The bill, HB 1435, would adopt the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended standards for competitive foods.  In testimony before the state House Committee on Education, Portsmouth school nutrition director Patricia Laska, SNS argued that sales from a la carte items are essential for purchasing new equipment and paying salaries.  She also noted that school districts are already serving healthier foods in schools.  Laska and a New Hampshire Department of Education dietician asked that the legislation be modified to include a phase in period, as well examine whether or not schools will lose revenue.

School nutrition standards were also the subject of legislation introduced in the Hawaii this week.  The bill, HB 2993 would set standards for all “cafeteria meals and beverages” sold in elementary, intermediate, and middle schools.  Under the legislation, all school meals must meet requirements that include not more than 30 per cent of total calories from fat, not more than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat, and not more than 25 percent of total weight composed of sugar.  Additionally, only water, milk, or beverages containing one hundred per cent fruit juice or fruit-based drinks composed of not less than 50 per cent fruit juice with no added sweeteners.  The legislation also required nutrition education training for all food service managers.

Mississippi also introduced new nutrition standards for schools this month, in the form of regulations. In December, Mississippi posted a proposed final rule that would implement the standards passed in Mississippi Senate Bill 2369. The rule became effective January 18, 2008.  Under these standards, school districts are required to meet specific nutrition requirements for several different age groups over the course of a week.  The regulations also require school districts to limit and eventually eliminate all fried foods from the school menu, as well as remove all fryers.

Farm to School

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Farm to school programs are also generating significant interest this legislative session.  A hearing was held this week in Washington State to examine a bill that would expand farm to school programs in the state.  Introduced in mid-January, the legislation (HB 2798, SB 6483) would ease restrictions on bidding and procurement, allowing school districts to more easily purchase Washington grown products for school meals.  The bill also offers funding for 75 economically disadvantaged schools to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks.  The legislation is expected to pass.

Iowa is also making farm to school information more readily available to school districts.  Last week, the Iowa Department of Agriculture announced a new website that has information about starting a farm to school program and working with local farmers.

For additional information on state legislation, please visit the State and Federal Legislation link, as well as Related Links.

Other News

SNA Distributes Letter Explaining Nutrition Standards Position

This week, SNA distributed a letter detailing the Association’s position on the national school nutrition standards and the Harkin-Murkowski Amendment.  The letter was sent to various allied organizations, outlining the two reasons why SNA did not support the proposed amendment:

1.      Lack of a national, uniform nutrition standard

2.      Lack of a consistent nutrition policy through out the school building.

To view a complete copy of the letter, please visit Related Links.

It’s Not to Early to Start Thinking About Summer Feeding!

In about six months, summer feeding sites will open in communities in every state.  Now is the time to plan to be a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Increasingly school districts are taking advantage of the Simplified Summer Food Program and the Seamless Summer Option to provide summer meals to children in need.  Initiated in 2001 by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), the Simplified Summer Food Program (a.k.a. “Lugar Pilot Program”) replaces the traditional Summer Food Program accounting requirements and paperwork. It makes it easier for sponsors to provide nutritious meals to low-income kids during the summer and offers higher reimbursements.

In the FY2008 Appropriations Spending Bill, Congress authorized expanding the Simplified Summer Food Program to all states and Washington, DC.  With the Simplified Summer Food Program being available in every state for the summer of 2008, school nutrition professionals are encouraged to explore utilizing the program as sponsors. For more information on the program, please see Related Links.

Global Child Nutrition Month Events Kick Off

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In anticipation of Global Child Nutrition Month and in conjunction with the Change Our World campaign that benefits the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), several events were held this month in both Seattle, Wash., and Hillsborough County, Fla.  In Washington State, GCNF Office Gene White was interviewed on a local radio program, while in Florida, Hillsborough County school nutrition director Mary Kate Harrison appeared on a local television program. Both spoke about the importance of promoting school feeding programs in developing countries.  Florida schools have also begun collecting donations for the campaign.  One Hillsborough County school, Pride Elementary was featured in an article in the St. Petersburg Times and ending up collecting over $3,000 during the week long campaign.

More Change Our World events are scheduled during the weeks leading up to Global Child Nutrition Month in April.  This week, the Washington, DC Public Schools are hosting an assembly at one of the city high schools to raise awareness about the event. For more information on what you can do to help raise money for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, please visit Related Links.

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State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia

 


 
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