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The Farm To School Agenda


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Presentation by Dr. Katie Wilson at the 2009 Food and Fitness Fall Conference.

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The Farm To School Agenda

  1. 1. Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2009 The Farm To School Agenda: Progress, Prognosis, Promotion Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS
  2. 2. The School Nutrition Association <ul><li>55,000 members nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Represents everyone involved in school nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides professional development, advocacy, certification and more </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is CN Reauthorization? <ul><li>Every 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent programs (NSLP, SBP) are not reauthorized but changes can be made </li></ul><ul><li>CACFP, SFSP, WIC and others are reauthorized </li></ul>
  4. 4. REAUTHORIZATION 2009 SNA ACTIVITIES <ul><li>U.S. Congress: </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Senate </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. House </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional Hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Field Hearings </li></ul><ul><li>SNA PAC </li></ul>USDA: - Listening Sessions - Administration Bill State Agencies - State agency meetings Media/Press: - Spokespersons Network - Op-eds - PR Firm <ul><li>SNA Events: </li></ul><ul><li>CNIC </li></ul><ul><li>LAC </li></ul><ul><li>NLC </li></ul><ul><li>ANC </li></ul>SNA Members All Member Segments <ul><li>SNA State Affiliates: </li></ul><ul><li>PPL Regional Directors </li></ul><ul><li>State PPL Chairs </li></ul><ul><li>- State Annual Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Allied Groups: </li></ul><ul><li>Child Nutrition Forum </li></ul><ul><li>NANA </li></ul>SNA Internal: - Website - Blog - Webinars - Surveys - Focus Groups Industry : -IAB SNA Reauthorization Process
  5. 5. SNA Key Priorities <ul><li>Consistent, National Nutrition Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate Funding for Child Nutrition Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Elimination of the Reduced Price Fee </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Access to School Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>Program Simplification </li></ul>
  6. 6. Consistent National Nutrition Standards <ul><li>Congress should give USDA the authority to regulate all foods and beverages sold in schools throughout the school day </li></ul><ul><li>Congress should require USDA to encourage all schools to follow a consistent national interpretation of the Dietary Guidelines for school meals reimbursed by USDA. </li></ul><ul><li>National Nutrition standards should be tied to increased funding for school meal reimbursements </li></ul>
  7. 7. Adequate Funding for Child Nutrition Programs <ul><li>Congress should provide an additional 35 cents reimbursement </li></ul><ul><li>Additional funding will result in more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lowfat dairy </li></ul><ul><li>Annual adjustments to the reimbursement rate have not kept up with rising costs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Elimination of Reduced Price <ul><li>SNA urges the Congress to expand the “free meal category” and follow the WIC income guidelines for school meals. </li></ul><ul><li>Data indicates that the daily $0.40 for a reduced price school lunch and the $0.30 for a school breakfast is a barrier to participation for low income working households – including active military families. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Improved Access to School Breakfast <ul><li>Research shows that students who eat school breakfast perform better academically </li></ul><ul><li>Whereas 30 million students eat school lunch daily, only 10 million students eat school breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>SNA urges that $0.10 be provided in USDA commodities for each school breakfast served </li></ul>
  10. 10. Program Simplification <ul><li>Complex regulations and requirements make operating the school lunch program difficult and expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Simplification of policies and procedures would save cost and increase access to local produce. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased access to healthy school meals. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Additional Priorities <ul><li>SNA has assembled a list of additional issues to be addressed that will be included on an Issue Paper Addendum </li></ul><ul><li>Most have no cost implications and will streamline the programs – improving access to healthy school meals for children </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Financial Dimension <ul><li>The average cost to prepare a healthy school meal is: $2.92 - $3.10 </li></ul><ul><li>The current federal funding available to cover that cost is: $2.57 </li></ul><ul><li>Local school nutrition programs are loosing about $0.35 - $0.53 per day per meal served </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Financial Dimension <ul><li>Cost of Labor </li></ul><ul><li>Commodities </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment Needs </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Nutritional Dimension <ul><li>More fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lowfat dairy are included in school meals </li></ul><ul><li>Less fat, saturated fat, sodium, added sugar and trans fat can be found in school meals </li></ul><ul><li>These changes to school meals require adequate funding </li></ul>
  15. 15. Promoting Farm to Cafeteria Agenda <ul><li>Educate members of Congress and state policymakers. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a partnership with school nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>Build support locally for farm to cafeteria funding. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Agenda cont., <ul><li>Develop simple “how to” kits including templates for selecting farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Develop standards for acceptable products </li></ul><ul><li>Develop set of standardized recipes with HACCP </li></ul>
  17. 17. New Ideas <ul><li>Sponsor a Webinar Wednesday through SNA Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Create a </li></ul><ul><li>Local Produce Week </li></ul><ul><li>Ask local farmers to help </li></ul><ul><li>set up school gardens </li></ul>
  18. 18. Learn More <ul><li>Legislative Action page on </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Danny Seymour at: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Katie Wilson at: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>