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2014 State Legislative Summary Now Available

On September 4, 2014, in Legislation, by Paula Wagner

A summary of the bills introduced and/or passed in the states is now available on the SNA website. As most states conclude their legislative business by the end of June, it is a logical place to stop and take stock of the policy proposed in your states.  During the summer months and into the fall, […]

A note from Nichole Westin

On May 21, 2014, in All News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

I wanted to inform you that last week, 45 Members of the House of Representatives signed onto a Dear Colleague letter sent to Secretary Vilsack requesting flexibility in key sections of the meal pattern.  The letter is attached and is similar to the action alert letters SNA has been sending out over the past few […]


On May 21, 2014, in All News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

SNA is drafting a response to today’s USDA Fact Sheet on HHFKA Implementation.  To help flesh out our “Myths vs. Truths” flyer, could you please provide any data that will helpful refute any of these points, especially the bullet point listed below?  Any data on cost increases, revenue losses, etc will help us better make […]

ACTION ALERT: Take Action to Protect School Meals

On May 16, 2014, in All News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

Since new nutrition standards for school meals took effect, more than one million fewer students choose school lunch each day. The majority of those leaving the National School Lunch Program are paying students, with a 15% decline in paid meal participation. School cafeterias face even greater hurdles this fall as the first sodium limits take […]

LAC 2014 – What a Success!

On April 2, 2014, in All News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

Almost 900 school nutrition professionals came to Washington, DC for a fantastic 42nd Legislative Action Conference (LAC) on March 2-5, 2014. Conference highlights included a pre-con session on dream kitchens;  a USDA update during the snow storm; breakout sessions which ran the spectrum on topics from  Community Eligibility to Winning School Officials’ Support,  State Advocacy, […]

Bill would fund alternative school breakfasts

On February 26, 2014, in Legislation, by Paula Wagner

 Sen. Bill Abery of Lincoln has introduced a bill to encourage more Nebraska students to eat breakfast. The hearing on LB834 February 24, 2014 at the Capitol went very well!  There were no opposers to the bill.  The story made the Washington Times.  Here is the link if you want to read it.  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/24/alternative-breakfasts-for-neb-schools-supported/

SNA Hosts Briefing and Several One-on-One Meetings on Capitol Hill

On December 12, 2013, in All News, Events, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

SNA recently hosted a Congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill regarding school meals, in preparation for the drafting of the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Marla Caplon and Joan Shorter, Directors of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools, respectively, provided their unique perspectives to Hill staff, walking them […]

USDA Releases New Guidance on Paid Lunch Equity

On May 3, 2013, in All News, General News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new guidance regarding Paid Lunch Equity for School Year 2013-2014. The guidance clarifies that state agencies can exempt school meal programs from the paid lunch revenue requirements if they “can demonstrate that the required increase to paid lunch prices or revenue contributions would cause the SFA to […]

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

On March 27, 2013, in All News, General News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

Please help us in providing healthy school meals each day. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor S. 427 H.R. 1303. For a form letter to your House Members and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546. Read the stories below for more background on the introduced legislation. Senators Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Weekly […]

USDA eliminates weekly grain and protein maximums for SY 2012-13

On December 11, 2012, in Events, General News, Legislation, by Paula Wagner

December 7, 2012 – During USDA’s annual State Agency Meeting officials announced the release of new guidance which eliminates the weekly maximums for grains and proteins under the new meal pattern for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.  Calorie maximums for school meals will remain in place.  USDA also announced that new guidance on […]

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