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Democrats gear up for school lunch war

06/30/16 The school lunch war is back, but this time it's the Democrats going on the offensive. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday to do "whatever it takes" to ensure the GOP's child nutrition bill "never sees the light of day on the floor of the House." Pelosi was one of six Democratic lawmakers to lead advocacy groups in a Capitol Hill rally against the reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003), which would open the door to making federal school meal programs into a block grant - a controversial move that anti-hunger groups believe would fundamentally threaten one of the federal government's most successful nutrition programs. (More…)

Stop the Block

06/30/16 LEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE MAINE’S CHILDREN CANNOT AFFORD BLOCK GRANTS FOR SCHOOL NUTRITION! On May 18, 2016, the US House Education and the Workforce Committee approved H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which contains a school meal block grant pilot project. The bill, approved by a vote of 20-14, now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. While SNA and MSNA have been advocating for flexibility for the full implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the BLOCK GRANT pilot program totally throws out federal nutrition rules, reimbursements for paid students as well as capping how much money can be spent in a year. IF THIS STARTS AS A PILOT, IT CAN GROW TO INCLUDE ALL STATES including Maine. The USDA would no longer pay a subsidy for each meal. There would be a set amount for the state and all schools would divide up the amount between them. There would be no reimbursement for paid meals or the $0.06 bonus- so your lunch price would need to rise $0.34 at least. HOW MUCH WOULD THAT IMPACT YOUR BUDGET with the loss of participation? (More…)

National Leadership Conference

06/01/15 Over April’s school vacation week, 6 members of Maine School Nutrition Association traveled to San Diego, California to attend the School Nutrition Association’s National Leadership Conference (NLC). This annual conference provides current and future state and national leaders with the opportunity to learn critical information about successfully leading a nonprofit association, to network with other leaders from across the country, and to gain new skills in order to become a more effective and engaging leaders. In attendance from the state of Maine this year were current MSNA President, Betty Hayes, MSNA President Elect, Martha Spencer, MSNA Vice President, Jeanne Reilly, MSNA Secretary Stephanie Salley, MSNA Treasurer Dottie Janotta, and Sue Morrell, the Director of School Nutrition for the Saco School Dept and candidate for Maine’s next MSNA Vice President. (More…)

SNA Releases 2015 Position Paper

05/29/14 Reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Federal child nutrition programs provide 30 million lunches and 13.5 million breakfasts to students each school day. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) represents more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals on the frontline, serving students and managing school meal programs that help students thrive academically. As Congress considers Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015, SNA members look forward to sharing their expertise and commitment to these key principles: ensure students have access to nutritious, appetizing meals; promote healthy school environments; simplify regulations and provide flexibility to maximize efficiency and ease administrative burdens; and restore financial sustainability of meal programs, which operate independent of school district budgets. (More…)

Two Week Cycle of Breakfast and Lunch Menus

05/28/14 This project was to demonstrate how dairy, including flavored milk, cheese and yogurt, may be included in school menus and meet nutrition guidelines. These menus are now posted on the NDC website. (More…)

Michelle Obama's New Chef to Schools Coalition

05/28/14 Now you can register your school to sign up for the Chefs to Schools program. You can count on menu ideas, recipes and training. Bring positive ideas into your program that parents and school staff will love. (More…)

Susan Collins Letter to USDA Secretary of Agriculture

05/16/11 Proposed USDA rule would impose limitations on the amount of white potatoes that can be served in the National School Lunch Program. (More…)

Simple Changes May Help Students Make Healthier Choices

06/09/10 With the spotlight on childhood obesity, schools across the country are looking for ways to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. In New York, the Department of Health decided to do some research. How much, it wondered, would a school need to cut its prices for apples, oranges and bananas to increase sales by 5 percent over a year? (More…)

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