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June 24, 2008


In This Issue

Register for ANC Pre-Conference Sessions

Wilson to Comment at July IOM Meal Pattern Session

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Releases FY 2009 Bill

SNA Signs onto Letter Supporting Increase in CDC Funding

Patey Named SNA 2008 Individual Industry Member of the Year

When You Vote, Make it for School Lunch

Florida Adopts School Breakfast Legislation

Action for Healthy Kids Hosts Partner Conference Call on Reauthorization


In Every Issue

Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee


Register for ANC Pre-Conference Sessions!

Be sure to register for one of the several exciting pre-conference sessions being offered during ANC 2008 in Philadelphia!  The pre-conference sessions provide an in depth look at specific areas of school nutrition. Some conference sessions that might be of interest include:

  • The Cost of Change: Translating Research into Practice – Expert panelists will address challenges in funding healthier items in light of today's rising costs and discuss successful and financially feasible approaches to making changes.
  • Do Your Students Love Whole Grains Yet? This interactive, fun presentation will provide participants with an overview of research and concrete tools to make whole grain products available in school nutrition programs.  Panelists include two school nutrition directors, a leading researcher, and industry experts.

Spaces are going quickly, so register today! Space is limited, so register for these sessions today!  All sessions take place on Saturday, July 19 during SNA’s 2008 Annual National Conference in Philadelphia, Penn.  The cost of each session is $75 and participants receive 4 CEUs for each session. For additional information or to register, please visit Related Links.

Wilson to Speak at July IOM Meal Pattern Session

SNA President-elect Katie Wilson has been invited to comment during the July 9, 2008 Institute of Medicine workshop reviewing meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  Wilson will be speaking on behalf of the Association and will be presenting the newly announced SNA Nutrition Standards.  

The workshop will allow school nutrition professionals and other key stakeholders to share their thoughts on the school lunch and school breakfast programs with the IOM committee members. There will be opportunities for question-and-answer periods as well as group discussions. The workshop’s final agenda is still being completed, but it will contain two major components:

  • Developing and revising requirements for the school lunch and breakfast programs. This discussion will include input from various stakeholders on possibilities, approaches, opportunities, and impact on the food industry.
  • Lessons learned related to experience and practical considerations.

There will also be a brief period of time schedule for public comment. For additional information about the committee, please see Related Links.

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Releases FY 2009 Appropriations Bill

capitolThe House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee released its mark of the Fiscal Year 2009 agriculture appropriations legislation.  While most of the provisions did not concern the school nutrition programs, one section of the legislation did concern meat purchased for the school nutrition programs.  If passed, this bill would require that all meat suppliers for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program participate in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).  Suppliers that participate in the NAIS would be able to trace animals introduced to the food supply.  The final meat products would not be able to be traced. Concerns have been raised that such a requirement may prevent locally raised beef from being made available to school nutrition programs. In a previous hearing on food safety following the February Westland-Hallmark beef recall, Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) hinted at introducing legislation requiring meat suppliers to participate in the NAIS.  This legislation still needs to pass the full House Appropriations Committee and will likely be combined with several other appropriations bills later this year.

SNA Signs onto Letter Supporting Increasing in CDC Funding

SNA recently signed onto a letter with several other organizations supporting a $65 million increase in funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO). If approved by Congress, these funds would be used to fund obesity prevention grants in 26 states.  This year, the DNPAO reallocated its state grants funding, causing 13 states currently receiving grants to lose funding as of July 1, 2008. An additional 13 states that applied for grants will remain unfunded.  This letter will be sent to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in advance of committee mark-ups on the appropriations bills that include this funding. To view a copy of the letter, please visit Related Links.

Patey Named SNA 2008 Individual Industry Member of the Year

Camellia Patey RD, SNS, Vice President of Schools for the National Dairy Council, was named the sixth recipient of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award.  Patey, who has been involved with the child nutrition programs for over 15 years, was nominated by SNA past president Ruth Jonen, SNS for her “exemplary commitment” to and “tireless support” of the Association, the School Nutrition Foundation, and school nutrition professionals.

As an SNA member, Patey has supported school nutrition professionals in immeasurable ways, both individually and in her position with the National Dairy Council (NDC).  Under her guidance, Patey developed a strong relationship with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), making NDC one of the Foundation’s major supporters. Through this relationship, SNF is able to offer a variety of continuing education, professional, and personal development programs to SNA members.  Some of these programs include Keys to Excellence, Eat Smart, Get Moving!, and Bridges to Wellness. Patey also worked closely with SNA in creating the New Look of School Milk program, which raises milk’s popularity among students and increase participation in school nutrition programs.

When You Vote, Make it for School Lunch!

nslwSenators Barak Obama and John McCain are not the only two people running for president this year!  Vote for School Lunch: The Presidential Edition kicks off this summer, pitting previous winners Pete Pizza and Biff Burger against newcomers Petunia Pita Pocket, Larry Lasagna, and Gloria Grilled Cheese.  You can begin getting in on all of the action now! Visit the Vote for School Lunch website today for information about planning your school’s National School Lunch Week events.  You can also find out more information about the candidates and vote for your favorite school lunch.  See Related Links for more details.

Florida Adopts School Breakfast Legislation

Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R) approved legislation last week that requires all schools to make school breakfast programs available to all students.  The legislation also requires all school districts to approve or disapprove a policy making universal free meals available at each school with a population of 80 percent or more free and reduced price eligible students by the 2010-2011 school year.  While no additional funding is attached to this bill, the state will conduct a study to determine the district-by-district costs of holding universal school breakfast programs. The legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2008. For additional information, please visit the State and Federal Legislation Link.

Action for Healthy Kids Hosts Partner Conference Call on Reauthorization

Last week SNA, the Food Research and Action Center and the American Dietetic Association conducted a webinar for the Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) national partner organizations.  The webinar was designed to educate AFHK national partners on issues in reauthorization and identify opportunities for collaboration between the organizations.  The main issues addressed in the webinar were access to child nutrition programs, nutrition standards, funding and program administration.  The webinar was well attended with representation from over 30 of SNA’s allied organizations.


SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

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:  Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.

2007 - 2008 Public Policy and Legislative Committee Contacts

Craig Weidel

PPL Committee Chair

Cindy Brooks

Northeast Region

Sara Gasiorowski

Mideast Region

Annette Bomar Hopgood

Southeast Region

Cindy Hormel

Midwest Region

Melanie Konarik

Southwest Region 

Lyman Graham,

West Region

Lincoln Pierce

Northwest Region

School Nutrition Association

Child Nutrition and Policy Center 


Related Links

ANC 2008

IOM Meal Pattern Committee

Congress Proposes USDA purchase school meat from NAIS registered premises

Camellia Patey Name SNA 2008 Individual Industry Member of the Year

Vote for School Lunch 2008


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