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Students “Vote for School Lunch” in National Election, Learn More About Healthy Meal Options
August 31, 2007, Alexandria, VA – The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) invites students nationwide to cast their ballot and participate in this year’s ‘Vote for School Lunch’ campaign to learn more about healthy meal choices at school. Marking the second round of lunchroom elections in the three-year national campaign, this year’s candidates include Jesse Wrap, Pippa Potato, Patty Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Biff Burger and Yumi Rice Bowl.
The candidates are campaigning on their platform of sound dietary values, great taste and lunchroom versatility to be announced this year’s favorite school lunch on Monday, October 22. Students can learn more about candidates and cast their vote online now through National School Lunch Week, October 15-19, at www.VoteForSchoolLunch.org. The 2007 winner will go on to compete in the 2008 Presidential election against Pete Pizza – the 2006 and first-ever ‘Vote For School Lunch’ campaign winner – and three student-designed ‘Design a Candidate’ contest winners.
The ‘Vote’ campaign and activities will help educate parents and students on the nutritional programs available in schools and reveal the many ways school lunches have evolved. In addition to getting students excited about making healthy choices in the lunchroom, the campaign will relay facts on what balanced school meals consist of today.
The campaign will be supported by incentive giveaways such as signs, buttons, stickers, mugs, t-shirts and hats during National School Lunch Week (NSLW). Additional programs can include:
SNA’s nationwide membership of 55,000 school nutrition professionals work in schools and in communities to provide balanced, nutritious school meals and information on proper portion sizes and nutrition education for children.
Within the federally funded National School Lunch Program:
Signed into law by President Harry Truman, the National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced low-cost and free meals to students. Today, healthful options are available in schools nationwide. According to The State of School Nutrition 2007 Report, out of 1,200 school districts surveyed a majority of schools offer fat-free or low-fat milk (97%), fresh fruits and vegetables (96%), salad bars or pre-packaged salads (88%), yogurt and yogurt drinks (81%), from-scratch baked items (63%) and vegetarian meals (52%).
National School Lunch Week was established in 1963 by a proclamation from President John F. Kennedy. It is designed to help raise awareness for the important role that school nutrition programs play in the lives of America’s children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association helps schools celebrate NSLW with an official theme, suggested menus and recipes, promotional resources, activity sheets, decoration ideas and more.
About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA), www.schoolnutrition.org, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.
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Contact: Erik Peterson
(703) 739-3900 Ext 124
School Nutrition Association Finds Districts Increasing Healthy Options
“State of School Nutrition 2007” survey of 1,200 foodservice directors released today
ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 7, 2007 – An emphasis on healthy school environments and increasing availability of nutritious foods was indicated in results from the School Nutrition Association’s comprehensive “School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2007,” released today. In addition to following federal dietary guidelines, more than 87% of school districts have nutrition requirements for the foods and beverages sold by school foodservice, up 30% from 2005. Three out of five school districts also have nutrition restrictions for foods and beverages sold by groups outside the cafeteria such as PTA’s, athletic departments and student governments, a four-fold increase from two years ago. Many of the positive changes cited are due in part to the implementation of local wellness policies this past school year.
Last released in May 2005, the updated State of School Nutrition 2007 report was accumulated from a survey of 1,200 school nutrition directors nationwide and benchmarks detailed information impacting school nutrition programs. The report found a majority of schools offer fat-free or low-fat milk (97%), fresh fruits and vegetables (96%), salad bars or pre-packaged salads (88%), yogurt and yogurt drinks (81%), from-scratch baked items (63%) and vegetarian meals (52%). Additionally, the availability of locally grown fruits and vegetables has increased to 32% of schools.
"The findings from this survey are a clear indication of the tremendous strides made by school nutrition directors, managers and employees nationwide to help children make the right food choices," said School Nutrition Association president Mary Hill, SNS, and executive director of Child Nutrition Services for Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi.
The State of School Nutrition 2007 covers demographics and operational parameters, programs and policies, breakfast and lunch service types, food safety measures, foodservice budget issues, marketing and customer service and pressing concerns. Among the findings:
The State of School Nutrition 2007 represents the feedback of almost 1,200 school foodservice directors from districts in 49 states. The survey was conducted in spring of 2007. Copies of the full report can be ordered from the School Nutrition Association’s online bookstore at www.schoolnutrition.org.
The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.
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