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“School Lunch Across the USA”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3124 Ext.
media@schoolnutrition.org

“School Lunch Across the USA”

National School Lunch Week Campaign Highlights Regional Recipes & Healthy Changes in School Cafeterias

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (October 14, 2013) – This week, in celebration of National School Lunch Week, cafeterias nationwide are hosting the “School Lunch Across the USA” campaign to spotlight the nutritious regional recipes, ingredients and traditions that make every school cafeteria unique.

To celebrate, many schools will host special events with fun activities for students and take home sheets to inform parents about healthy changes in school cafeterias under the new nutrition standards for school meals. From Southern BBQ to Cincinnati chili, schools are dishing up healthy versions of regional recipes that incorporate local flavors into school menus and get students excited about eating school meals. 

Schools are getting parents in on the fun too. Many are participating in “National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day,” inviting parents to visit the cafeteria, celebrate what’s great about school lunch, and learn how to get involved in promoting healthier choices for students. Reporters interested in learning about events planned across the country should contact Diane Pratt-Heavner at media@schoolnutrition.org.

To raise awareness of the importance of the National School Lunch Program, serving over 31 million of America’s students each day, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools recognize National School Lunch Week with an official campaign theme, suggested menus and recipes, promotional resources and more. This year’s “School Lunch Across the USA” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association along with the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP) and McCormick for Chefs.

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information, visit www.schoolnutrition.org.

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SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Diane Pratt-Heavner
301-686-3075 Ext.
media@schoolnutrition.org

SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (October 11, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national non-profit representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, sent a letter to congressional leaders today urging them to end the Federal Government shutdown to ensure the availability of school meals for America’s students.

Starting on November 1, school meal programs will request federal reimbursements for meals served during October, but the US Department of Agriculture has not guaranteed the availability of sufficient funds to reimburse states for all meals served in October.  In fact, one state agency has already notified local school districts that funding is only sufficient to reimburse meals served through October 4, 2013.

“School meal programs depend on federal reimbursements to operate,” said SNA President Leah Schmidt, SNS.  “If the Federal Government shutdown persists, millions of students who rely on school meals as a primary source of nutrition will suffer.”

School meal programs operate on extremely tight budgets with limited financial reserves.  Programs rely on monthly federal reimbursements to pay wages, local vendors and farmers and reimburse their school districts for their share of utilities, custodial and other expenses.

To read SNA’s letter to congressional leaders click here.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.

 


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