Farm to School: National Policy Opportunities and Updates from the USDA Farm to School Team Session 2: Tuesday, May 18 th ...
Agenda <ul><li>Welcome/Introductions (5 min) </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the One Tray Team (10 min) </li></ul><ul><l...
NOURISHING THE NATION ONE TRAY AT A TIME www.onetray.org
The One Tray Team  <ul><li>Community Food Security Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Network </li></ul><...
What Can USDA Do?  <ul><li>Commonly referred to as the “Can Do” document </li></ul><ul><li>A ten-point roadmap for nationa...
USDA Farm to School Teams <ul><li>Geographic Preference Rule: comments due June 18 th </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Details on...
Visit  www.onetray.org  to access:  <ul><li>One Tray and “Can Do” documents </li></ul><ul><li>Further Background Informati...
Updates from the USDA Farm to School Team  <ul><li>Charles Parrot, Associate Deputy Administrator,  </li></ul><ul><li>Agri...
Farm to School in the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization  <ul><li>Kate Fitzgerald, National Sustainable Agriculture Coali...
Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization <ul><li>What is CNR? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Occurs Every 5 years  </li></ul></ul><ul><l...
Farm to School Collaborative <ul><li>The Farm to School Collaborative was formed in April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Involved ...
What We’ve Done <ul><li>Held 2 Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill in Feb 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>LOTS OF MEETINGS WITH...
HOUSE SENATE Baldwin (WI-2) McGovern (MA-3) Bennet (CO) Murray (WA) Blumenauer (OR-3) McIntyre (NC-7) Brown (OH) Sanders (...
Where We Are Now? Senate <ul><li>Leahy Bill incorporated into Senate Ag Marker Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Other provisions of ...
Where Are We Now? House <ul><li>Holt bill </li></ul><ul><li>No House Committee meetings or Chairman’s Mark </li></ul><ul><...
Why Isn’t the Bill Moving?  <ul><li>Other pressing issues on legislative schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Divisions within advoc...
How Can You Help?  <ul><li>House member letter to leadership asking for action </li></ul><ul><li>Pending Senate member let...
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Presentation highlights the One Tray team (CFSC, School Food FOCUS and National Farm to School Network) and their collaboration with USDA. Updates include farm to school, child nutrition reauthorization, Senator Leahy Bill and opportunities for getting involved in moving the bill along. Presenters included Megan Lott of CFSC, Kate Fitzgerald of National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Loren LaCorte and Charles Parrott of USDA.

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  • Facilitate geographic preference Build USDA capacity to support Farm to School and Sustainable Procurement Practices Increase healthy, regional choices for USDA Foods Scale up Farm to School and Sustainable Procurement Practices: Invest in regional production, processing, distribution, and infrastructure Build a dedicated regional USDA Farm to School staff Secure start-up funding fro Farm to School projects. Initiate a nationally coordinated research agenda Foster School Food Service Professional Development Create a program to train more Farm to School trainers. Collaborate on media, marketing, and outreach efforts.
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  • Policy Updates Two great videos: Priceless and Lunch Encounters of the Third Kind Ideas for action
  • Suegway from what USDA’s doing to CNR/legislative efforts – how the two compliment each other, but are not the same Every four or five years, the federal Child Nutrition bills, including the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act of 1946, are up for review during the reauthorization process. These two bills, as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), are currently set to expire on September 30 th 2010. The reauthorization process allows for a reconsideration of all programs including the following: * National School Lunch Program * School Breakfast Program * Child and Adult Care Food Program * Summer Food Service Program * WIC, and including, WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program * Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Special Milk Program Committees of Jurisdiction: House Ed and Labor – Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities Senate Ag – Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms
  • Farm to School was first included in 2004 CNR – discretionary funding – now advocating for Mandatory funding
  • one tray docs, hill briefings, forming of the Farm to School Collaborative Senate Bill – Leahy  Senate Marker Bill ($40 million) House Bill – Holt As of 5/13 – 27 cosponsors of Holt’s bill; 17 cosponsors of Leahy’s Bill More than 40 orgs signed on to letter
  • Kate: Where we are now and how we’re going to pay for it Senate: incorporates new IOM standards, 6 cents increased reimb tied to better nutrition increased access, improvements in direct certification, automatic universal meals in high poverty areas, expand afterschool meals. training for school service providers, beefed up audits Offset – EQIP, SNAP ed and bonus commodities. FLOOR – timing, 12 work weeks, financial reform, jobs/unemployment, supplemental budget (wars), food safety, climate change AND need to conference, too. July. Context of Hunger vs. Sustainable Ag priorities – proposed offset has exemplified an ongoing problem of conservation vs hungry kids – what is also stalling the bill  highlights why NSAC is involved Action steps/what we need – new money and movement of the bill!
  • House jurisdiction – Senate Ag had access to SNAP Ed and EQIP funds – House Ed and Labor don’t have jurisdiction over those Action – discussion draft by memorial day – no hearings. Need “new” money since no leeway in Ed and Labor budget, also working on ESEA, jobs bill and unemployment education.
  • House letter had 221 signatories Senate letter to go this week with more than 30 signatories Information around on action to take Signatories on Senate Letter as of 5/18 (TODAY) &gt; Lincoln &gt; Chambliss &gt; Harkin &gt; Grassley &gt; Leahy &gt; Klobuchar &gt; Stabenow &gt; Brown (OH) &gt; Bennet &gt; Baucus &gt; Levin &gt; Landrieu &gt; Bayh &gt; Begich &gt; Burris &gt; Casey &gt; Specter &gt; Pryor &gt; Conrad &gt; Sanders &gt; Collins &gt; Cochran &gt; Udall (NM) &gt; Gillibrand &gt; Nelson (NE) &gt; Lugar &gt; Dorgan &gt; Wyden &gt; McCaskill
  • Farm to School: National Policy Opportunities and Updates from the USDA Farm to School Team

    1. 1. Farm to School: National Policy Opportunities and Updates from the USDA Farm to School Team Session 2: Tuesday, May 18 th 4-5:30pm
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Welcome/Introductions (5 min) </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to the One Tray Team (10 min) </li></ul><ul><li>Updates from the USDA Farm to School Team (25 min) </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to School in the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (25 min) </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A Panel Discussion (25 min) </li></ul>
    3. 3. NOURISHING THE NATION ONE TRAY AT A TIME www.onetray.org
    4. 4. The One Tray Team <ul><li>Community Food Security Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Network </li></ul><ul><li>School Food FOCUS </li></ul>
    5. 5. What Can USDA Do? <ul><li>Commonly referred to as the “Can Do” document </li></ul><ul><li>A ten-point roadmap for national coordination between government and partners </li></ul><ul><li>National teams of experts </li></ul>
    6. 6. USDA Farm to School Teams <ul><li>Geographic Preference Rule: comments due June 18 th </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Details on the National Farm to School Network website: www.farmtoschool.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Nationally Coordinated Research Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>USDA Foods (formerly Commodities Program), DoD Fresh pilot Ideas </li></ul>
    7. 7. Visit www.onetray.org to access: <ul><li>One Tray and “Can Do” documents </li></ul><ul><li>Further Background Information </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Two Great videos: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Priceless </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch Encounters of the Third Kind </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ideas for Action </li></ul>
    8. 8. Updates from the USDA Farm to School Team <ul><li>Charles Parrot, Associate Deputy Administrator, </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Marketing Service </li></ul><ul><li>Loren LaCorte, Farm to School Team Lead, </li></ul><ul><li>Food and Nutrition Services, Special Nutrition Programs </li></ul>
    9. 9. Farm to School in the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization <ul><li>Kate Fitzgerald, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Megan Lott, National Farm to School Network and Community Food Security Coalition </li></ul>
    10. 10. Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization <ul><li>What is CNR? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Occurs Every 5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What programs are included? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NSLP, SBP, CACFP, Summer Food, WIC (including WIC FMNP), FFVP, Special Milk Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Committees of Jurisdiction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House: Education and Labor Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Farm to School Collaborative <ul><li>The Farm to School Collaborative was formed in April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Involved Groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Food Security Coalition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Food FOCUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wallace Center at Winrock International </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This Collaborative has been advocating for the inclusion of $50 million in mandatory funding for a Farm to School Competitive Grants Program in CNR. </li></ul>
    12. 12. What We’ve Done <ul><li>Held 2 Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill in Feb 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>LOTS OF MEETINGS WITH LEGISLATORS! </li></ul><ul><li>TWO Main Farm to School Bills Introduced: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HOUSE: The Farm to School Improvements Act of 2010 – introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SENATE: The Growing Farm to School Improvements Act of 2010 – introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Support letters to Leadership </li></ul>
    13. 13. HOUSE SENATE Baldwin (WI-2) McGovern (MA-3) Bennet (CO) Murray (WA) Blumenauer (OR-3) McIntyre (NC-7) Brown (OH) Sanders (VT) Boyd (FL-2) Meek (FL-17) Casey (PA) Schumer (NY) Carnahan (MO-3) Miller (CA-7) Durbin (IL) Shaeen (NH) Clarke (NY-11) Pallone (NJ-6) Franken (MN) Specter (PA) Dahlkemper (PA-3) Polis (CO-2) Gillibrand (NY) Stabenow (MI) Davis (TN-4) Ross (AR-4) Harkin (IA) Tester (MT) Ellison (MN-5) Rothman (NJ-9) Klobuchar (MN) Udall (NM) Grijalva (AZ-7) Schakowsky (IL-9) Merkley (OR) Johnson (GA-4) Scott (VA-3) Kagen (WI-8) Sestak (PA-7) Kaptur (OH-9) Shuler (NC-11) Kennedy (RI-1) Welch (VT) Loebsack (IA-2)
    14. 14. Where We Are Now? Senate <ul><li>Leahy Bill incorporated into Senate Ag Marker Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Other provisions of Senate Marker bill: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved nutritional quality and reimbursement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better program integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$4.5 billion total cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ag.senate.gov/site/legislation.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next step -- Senate floor </li></ul>
    15. 15. Where Are We Now? House <ul><li>Holt bill </li></ul><ul><li>No House Committee meetings or Chairman’s Mark </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hope for action by Memorial Day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paying for the bill in the House – jurisdictional issues </li></ul><ul><li>House Agriculture Committee – what they will and won’t do </li></ul><ul><li>House Ways and Means Committee </li></ul>
    16. 16. Why Isn’t the Bill Moving? <ul><li>Other pressing issues on legislative schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Divisions within advocacy community – fight for President’s full $10 billion or settle for less? </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the money to pay for it– offsets or “new” money from Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees? </li></ul>
    17. 17. How Can You Help? <ul><li>House member letter to leadership asking for action </li></ul><ul><li>Pending Senate member letter to leadership to take action </li></ul><ul><li>Pending organizational sign on letter asking for action and more funding </li></ul>

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