BackgroundNational School Lunch Act of 1946 Richard B. Russell Provides funds for the purchase of food to be distributed among schools participating in lunch program. Established also to improve health and well being of the nation’s youth. • 31 million school children receive a nutritious school meal • 100,000 participating public and private nonprofit schools/institutions. Source: Legislative History Food Distribution Programs White Paper: USDA Commodities in the National School Lunch Program
Breakdown of Child Nutrition Programs National School Lunch/Breakfast Programs After School Care Snack Program Summer Food Service Program Food Distribution (USDA Foods) Department of Defense Fresh Produce Program Farm To School/School Gardens Districts/Schools are reimbursed for meals at set rates established by USDA For more information: http://www.ade.az.gov/health-safety/
New Proposed Nutrition Standards for Child Nutrition ProgramsThe Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requiresthat the National School Lunch (NSL) & National SchoolBreakfast (NSB) Programs are in line with the DietaryGuidelines for Americans. This proposal will align the nutritionstandards to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The proposed changes are intended to result in school meals that are nutrient-rich and provide adequate calorie levels.
New Proposed Nutrition Standards for Child Nutrition Programs (Cont’d) Establishing minimum and maximum calorie levels Increasing the emphasis on limiting saturated fat Seeking gradual, but major reductions in sodium content Minimizing trans fats Allows only for food-based menu-planning Currently there is food-based and nutrient based menu-planning
New Proposed Nutrition Standards for Child Nutrition Programs (Cont’d) Offering more fruits at breakfast Increasing the amount and variety of vegetables at lunch(limiting starchy vegetables to 1 cup/week) Offering more whole-grain rich foods Limiting fluid milk choices to fat free flavored/unflavored orlow fat (1%) unflavored milk.
Encouraging Schools to Utilize USDA Foods•Rebranding of “Commodity Foods” to USDA Foods•About 15-20% of foods used in schools are USDAFoods •Other districts such as Litchfield School District, have increased this number significantly•In Arizona, the Food Distribution program consists of: •USDA Foods •Farm to School/School Gardens •DOD Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Produce Program•Saves money for districts/schools running school lunchprograms http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/commodityfoodfacts.htm
The Chefs Move to Schools program, will helpchefs partner with interested schools in theircommunities so together they can create healthymeals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelinesand budgets, while teaching young people aboutnutrition and making balanced and healthychoices.
Chefs Move to School (Cont’d)How Do I Get Involved?USDA’s Team Nutrition website: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/•On left hand side under “Browse by Subject” click on Chefs Moveto SchoolsWebsite provides:•Newsletters•Links to Webinars•Success Stories•Chef Talk-email discussion group •Chef’s Sign Up Form Arizona Chefs Move to Schools Coordinator Cindy Swansiger Arizona Department of Education: 602-542-8700
Other Helpful ResourcesFarm to School Program:Farm to School Coordinator for Arizona: Ashley Schimke•Connects schools (K-12) and local farms to enableschools to serve healthier meals in cafeterias, whileimproving student nutrition and providing agriculture,health and nutrition education opportunities andsupporting local farms. http://www.farmtoschool.org/•Website provides excellent webinarsChef Ann Cooper•The Lunch Box-provides helpful tools and resources tohelp enhance school lunch programs. www.thelunchbox.org http://www.chefann.com/ http://www.foodfamilyfarming.org/
School Nutrition Association/School Nutrition Association of ArizonaSNA Chef’s Table •Advisory Committee of Chefs representing culinary professionals working in foodservice (child nutrition programs included) , creating partnerships and resources for school nutrition professionals to utalize.SNA Tray Talk •Emphasizes the benefits of school meals and shares success stories
School Nutrition of Arizona Annual ConferenceSeptember 23-24, 2011 Glendale Renaissance Hotel andSpa•Pre-Conference Sessions on Friday•Conference on Saturday (Educational Breakout Sessionswhich includes Food Show •Great way to network with school districts around the state •Membership in School Nutrition Association: www.schoolnutrition.org •Food Distribution Session on Friday •From Farm to Fork on Saturday-talking about produce safety •Register for conference at www.snaaz.org
Your Guide to Understanding School Lunch ProgramsFamiliarize yourself with Child NutritionRegulations/Arizona Nutrition StandardsFamiliarize yourself with the New ProposedGuidelinesNetworking and getting to know child nutritionprofessionals in Arizona Utilize all resources possible: directors, web resources, etc
Contact Information Danielle Daugherty Cell: 623-399-7387Email: Danielle.Daugherty@asu.eduor Danielle.Daugherty@guhsdaz.org