January 31, 2008 – Each year the members of the School Nutrition Association present Congress with the critical issues facing school nutrition professionals and the more than 30 million children that are provided safe, healthy meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. SNA members are strongly committed to ensuring the highest nutritional standards for all children.
This year, SNA is advocating two central issues to advance this commitment:
- The creation of science-based, practical, and uniform national nutrition standards to govern the sale of all foods and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day.
- Adequate funding to support school nutrition programs.
To achieve these goals, SNA asks that the Congress consider:
- Giving the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to regulate and enforce the sale of food and beverages outside of the cafeteria (ending the “time and place” rule).
- Requiring all a la carte and competitive food sales to be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines, as is required for school meals.
- Requiring national uniformity for the school meal pattern throughout the country. Children in all states and local districts need the same nutrients to grow and be healthy. The current lack of uniformity is increasing the cost of the programs.
- Improvements in the meal pattern will further increase the cost of producing a school meal. SNA supports more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. But these changes cost money.
The complete 2008 SNA Legislative Issue Paper can be downloaded through Related Links.
The Legislative Issue Paper is based on input from SNA membership, drafted by the Association’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Talking points on the Issue Paper will be available soon to serve as a resource when talking to Members of Congress or the media.
2008 Issue Paper
School Nutrition Association members will take the messages of this year’s Legislative Issue Paper to Congress, as part of the 36th annual SNA Legislative Action Conference (LAC), to be held March 2-5, 2008 in Washington, DC.