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January 22, 2008

 

 

Table of Contents

Important LAC Hotel Information
Mark Your Calendars for LAC 2008!
SNA PAC Statesman Renewals Sent Out
State Legislative Update
State Agencies:  Apply for a Team Nutrition Grant
McDonald’s Ends Advertising on Report Card Jackets

 

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Legislative Action Center
Legislative Toolkit
PR Toolkit
State Policy Index
State and Federal Legislation

 

Important LAC Hotel Information

All rooms available in the JW Marriot are sold out.  SNA is working on providing alternative accommodations for the conference.  Please check the LAC website on January 25, 2008 for updated information regarding accommodations.

Mark Your Calendars for LAC 2008!

Don’t forget to mark you calendars for LAC 2008!  Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and prepare to shape and define national policy relating to school nutrition. SNA’s 36th annual LAC will take place March 2-5, 2008, at the JW Marriott Hotel, in the heart of the nation’s capital. Considered one of the most productive and exciting events in school nutrition, LAC has it all:

  • The opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of the democratic process.
  • Attend several pre-conference sessions detailing how the school nutrition programs work and how to successfully lobby Congress.
  • Learn about the legislative and regulatory issues facing school nutrition programs both locally and nationally.
  • The chance to visit Capitol Hill and let the elected lawmakers of the U.S. Congress know your priorities as a child nutrition expert.
  • Hear valuable updates from representatives of USDA, as well as political insights from Washington insiders, including this year’s keynote speaker, Amy Walter, one of the nation’s top political forecasters.

Register now – the Early Bird registration deadline is February 4, 2008. More information on LAC is available through Related Links.

SNA PAC Statesman Renewals Sent Out

Last Friday, the SNA Political Action Committee (SNA PAC) emailed out renewal notices for SNA members who participate in the Statesman Club: those who contribute at least $50 to SNA PAC each year. SNA PAC makes contributions to support members of Congress who have shown leadership in fighting for the health of children. See Related Links for more on SNA PAC.

State Legislative Update

Trans fat, fresh fruits and vegetables, and school health inspections were among the subjects featured in new bills introduced in state legislatures last week.  A bill banning the use of trans fats in school food was introduced in the Virginia Senate last week (S. 124).  The legislation is very similar to a bill that passed the Virginia Senate last year, but failed in the House.  A trans fat bill was also introduced in the Tennessee legislature this week.  Introduced in both the House and Senate, the bill (HB 615, S. 1429) also bans the use of trans fat in schools.

Legislators in New Mexico are looking for increased funding for New Mexico grown fruits and vegetables for school nutrition programs.  A bill introduced in both the House and the Senate (HB 164, S. 207)would provide $1.44 million worth of funding for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.  Legislators in Tennessee also introduced a bill (HB 3158, S. 3341) which would require schools to outline plans for purchasing locally grown produce for the school meal programs.

In South Dakota, the Senate passed a bill (S. 27) that would repeal the minimum requirement of two state health inspections every five years.  Legislation is now being considered by the South Dakota House.

Also this week, a nutrition standards bill was introduced in both the West Virginia House and Senate.  The bill (HB 4051, S. 222) would set nutrition standards for all foods sold outside of the school meals programs.

For details regarding these and other bills, please visit the State and Federal Legislation link at the bottom of the page.

State Agencies:  Apply for a Team Nutrition Grant

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is anticipating awarding up to $4 million in Team Nutrition Training Grants.  The grants will be awarded to state agencies to expand and enhance training programs that incorporate and implement the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in school meals.  The grants will range from $50,000 up to $200,000 for an individual state or a coalition within a state and up to $350,000 for a coalition of 2 or more different states.  State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program are eligible to apply. Any interested states must send FNS their Intent to Submit an Application by March 3, 2008.  All applications are due to FNS by April 14, 2008. For more information on the grants, please visit Related Links.

McDonald’s Ends Advertising on Report Card Jackets

McDonald’s agreed to stop advertising a rewards program for good grades on report card covers in elementary schools in Seminole County, Fla.  The report card covers sparked controversy in December when a parent complained about the program.  On the report card cover was a picture of Ronald McDonald and an announcement that students who achieved good grades could bring their report cards to a local McDonald’s for a free Happy Meal.  McDonald’s agreed to reprint the report card covers at no cost to the school district.  The program will continue through the end of the school year, but it will not be advertised. See Related Links for an article on the decision.

 

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:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.

 


 
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