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Tuesday Morning - January 10, 2012

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January 10, 2012

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2012 SNA Legislative Issue Paper

SNF Webinar Postponed

Fuel Up to Play 60 Application Deadline Approaching

Allocation of Administrative Funds for State Costs of Implementation of New Meal Patterns for School Meals Program

New Middle School Materials Available from Team Nutrition

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for January

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SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

2012 SNA Legislative Issue Paper

Each year, SNA develops an action plan which charts the legislative course for the Association. This week during the Child Nutrition Industry Conference in Orlando, FL, the Public Policy and Legislation Committee will draft the 2012 Legislative Issue Paper. After the draft is complete, the paper will be shared with the SNA Board for approval. Pending approval by the Board, the paper will be posted to the SNA website and will ultimately be officially unveiled at the 40th Annual Legislative Action Conference in March.

SNF Webinar Postponed

The School Nutrition Foundation is postponing The New School Meal Patterns: What You Need to Know webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Unfortunately, it is our understanding that the publication of the Final Meal Pattern Regulation has been delayed, and as such will not be published in time for the scheduled Wednesday, January 11th webinar.

The webinar will be rescheduled as soon as possible after the publication of the final meal pattern regulation. As soon as we have a new date, we will send out an email notification. You will not need to re-register for this webinar.

For more information on SNF's Webinar Wednesday, visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/webinar

Fuel Up to Play 60 Application Deadline Approaching

Fuel Up to Play 60 is now accepting applications for its nationwide funding initiative for K-12 schools enrolled in the in-school wellness program. The funding initiative provides money to help schools jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Any U.S. school can enroll in the free program and thus be eligible to apply for up to $4,000 to help increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.

The funds can be used for a variety of different program-related activities, such as student engagement and motivation, in-school promotions, family engagement, tracking and measurement and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 program implementation. The next application deadline is February 1, 2012.

More information about Fuel Up to Play 60 and the funding initiative can be found at: http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/funds/funds_for_futp60.php.

Allocation of Administrative Funds for State Costs of Implementation of New Meal Patterns for School Meals Program

Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) entails performance-based cash assistance for school food authorities (SFAs) certified compliant with meal pattern and nutrient standards. This provision requires State agencies (SAs) to certify whether participating SFAs are in compliance with meal standards. If in compliance, they are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served, which beginning October 1, is an additional six cents per lunch (adjusted annually).

In addition, HHFKA provides $50 million to help Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and SAs implement new requirements, including training, technical assistance, and conducting performance-based certifications. Of the $50 million, FNS will reserve $3 million per fiscal year to support Federal administrative activities to carry out this section as authorized in HHFKA. The State portion of these funds, combined with increases in State Administrative Expense funding, aim to provide resources that SAs may use to assist local program operators to improve the quality of school meals provided to children and be in compliance with the new meal patterns.

The USDA implementation chart, with new updates, can be downloaded from the SNA website at: http://schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=15349&blogid=622&terms=implementation+chart

New Middle School Materials Available from Team Nutrition

The US Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition has released new materials for middle school students. These materials entitled Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help is designed to help food service professionals engage students and faculty alike. The kit includes a peer-reviewed video and a handout for teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students. Focus groups from across the country were vocal in creating these informational tools.

For more information, visit: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/healthiermiddleschools.htm

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011

On January 9, the American Heart Association, in conjunction with 70 partnering organizations, including SNA, has sent a letter of thanks regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011 to Senators Tom Harkin and Michael Enzi. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011 (ESEA) supports quality physical education and nutrition education in schools across the country.

The letter encourages the Senators to continue supporting national guidelines which recommend that children engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most, and preferably every day of the week, with 30 minutes of it taking place during the school day.

To read the full letter, please click here.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for January

January 15 – 17, Child Nutrition Industry Conference in Orlando, FL


 
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