Nutrition Advisory Council

Nutrition Advisory Council

18th Annual NAC Art Contest  Are you looking for ways to encourage your NAC members' creativity and talent? Participate in the 18th Annual NAC Art Contest. This year's theme is "School Meals are a SMART Start to Good Health."   State associations are asked to promote, conduct and sponsor a state contest. Each state is to select three winners to be submitted for the national competition: one from grades K-4, one from grades 5-8 and one from grades 9-12. Twelve national winners will be selected from the state entries, four from each category. Each of the twelve finalists will receive $75 from ASFSA.  The Grand Prize winner will receive an additional $100 from ASFSA, and the entry will be reproduced on a T-shirt. Encourage your students to illustrate the theme in the most colorful and creative ways possible. Entries are due to states for judging by January 12, 2004. National winners will be announced in March 2004.

President Releases FY 2004 Budget, Agriculture Appropriations

President Releases FY 2004 Budget, Agriculture Appropriations

President Bush sent his fiscal year 2004 budget to Congress this week, asking for $2.23 trillion dollars in all. Funds for the Department of Agriculture remained close to FY2002 levels, when adjusted for inflation. Half of the Department’s budget supports federal nutrition programs including food stamps and the National School Lunch Program.

The President’s budget narrative includes analysis of the National School Lunch Program, with specific attention to the alleged over-certification of children in the Program. The narrative states,

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School Foodservice Directors' Attitudes and Perceived Challenges to Implementing Food Safety and HACCP Programs

School Foodservice Directors’ Attitudes and Perceived Challenges to Implementing Food Safety and HACCP Programs

Food safety is an important part of providing school children with acceptable, safe, and nutritious meals. There is evidence that improvements are needed in the area of food safety in schools, and that few schools have implemented Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs. The purposes of this study were to determine the attitudes of school foodservice directors toward food safety and the use of HACCP programs in school foodservice and to identify the challenges to implementing food safety and HACCP programs.

A focus group was conducted to generate a list of challenges to implementing food safety and HACCP programs. As a result, a three-part written questionnaire was developed. For Part 1, school foodservice directors' attitudes toward food safety and HACCP programs were determined. For Part 2, the challenges to implementing food safety and HACCP were investigated. For Part 3, demographic information about directors and their districts was collected. Questionnaires were mailed to a randomly selected national sample of 800 district school foodservice directors. A total of 461 questionnaires were returned for a response rate of 58%.

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Rediscover School Lunch

Rediscover School Lunch

When was the last time you had a school lunch? If you answered, "When I was in school, " then it's time for you to make a lunchtime visit to your child's cafeteria. You'll be surprised how much has changed! Today's school cafeterias provide much more variety and nutrition than lunchrooms of old. Here are just a few examples of what today's school nutrition programs offer:

  • Salad, soup, potato, pizza and deli bars
  • Ethnic menus featuring Mexican, Italian, Greek and Chinese favorites
  • "Scramble system," similar to the food courts you find at the local mall
  • "Offer vs. serve" plans where students may select from several choices in each food group
And today's school cafeterias are much more fun to eat in, too! Many new and renovated school cafeterias are featuring: (more…)