SNA News Releases

USDA Celebrates their 150th Birthday

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In honor of the USDA’s 150th Birthday, the School Nutrition Association sent a special congratulatory letter to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The letter thanks USDA for all of their work involving school meal programs and recognizes the link between school feeding and agriculture programs.

Happy 150th Birthday, USDA!

To read the letter, click here.

Proposed Rule on Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

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April 3, 2012 – The Proposed Rule on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program was recently published in the Federal Register and is available on the School Meals website. This proposed rule would establish the basic requirements for the operation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. It would set forth administrative and operational requirements for FFVP operators at the state and local levels. The intent of these provisions is to ensure that the FFVP encourages the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by school children to help improve their dietary habits and long-term health.

Comments on this proposed rule must be received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service on or before April 24, 2012. All comments can be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or submitted to Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 634, Alexandria, VA 22302.

To read the full rule, click here. You can also read SNA’s submission on the Proposed Rule here.

USDA Food Distribution National Policy Memo

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On March 30, 2012, the US Department of Agriculture released a memo in regards to the school lunch program and donated foods that contain lean finely textured beef (LFTB). The USDA regards LFTB to be a safe and nutritious product. Specifications for school year 2012 beef purchases allows schools the option of using LTFB with the exception of in canned beef, boneless beef combos, and special trim products. Current inventory and pending deliveries may or may not contain LFTB.

USDA is strongly encouraging schools to use the inventory and products that may or may not contain LFTB as originally intended. If schools decide not to use these products, they will not be reimbursed or provided credit.

For more information, read the full memo here.

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