Highlights from SchoolNutrition.org Vol. 11, No. 6 - March 14, 2012

In This Issue

USDA Updates Q and A on Meal Pattern Standards
Earlier this month, the USDA released a revised memo addressing Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs."
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LAC 2012 Draws to a Dynamic Close
Former Secretaries of Agriculture John Block and Dan Glickman and Former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Charles Conner participated in a roundtable discussion as SNA's 40th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) drew to a memorable close in Washington, D.C.
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School Nutrition Professionals Call on Congress & USDA to Provide Guidance on Growing Unpaid School Meal Burden
At SNA's Legislative Action Conference, over 900 school nutrition professionals participated in a discussion of the challenges schools face when the number of children who "charge" their school meals results in substantial unpaid meal debt.
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Feature of the Week
SNF Scholarships
It's time to break through the barriers standing between you and your educational aspirations by taking advantage of scholarships available through the School Nutrition Foundation! To make it even easier for SNA members to apply, the Foundation is now using a new 4-in-1 scholarship application. But hurry, the April 9th deadline is coming up fast!

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Better Nutrition Made Simple
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2012 USDA Final Ruling
Kellogg's Food Away From Home is your resource for navigating USDA requirements. We've been working proactively on product renovations and innovations to help you meet nutritional guidelines with brands kids love.
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SNA Featured in Top-level Digital Publications
SNA and CEO Frank DiPasquale are featured in the recent February issue of Food & Drink Digital and Business Review USA, two leading digital media sources that reach a wide audience of executives and high-level professionals in the food industry.
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Tray Talk - Green Team Helps Bring Fresh Choices to Massachusetts Cafeteria
At Manchester-Essex Regional Middle High School, members of the student "Green Team" plant and harvest vegetables in the school garden.
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USDA Foods Toolkit
USDA has recently updated their USDA Foods Toolkit, including such new additions as the USDA Foods Banner Kit and the Food Buying Guide Calculator.
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2012 LAC Attendees Charged for Change
SNA's 40th annual Legislative Action Conference breaks attendance records—again—as operators and industry focus on financial integrity.
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USDA Announces New Criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge
The U.S Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service recently announced new criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge, which reflect the recent changes to the meal pattern requirements.
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SNA Recognizes Dr. Josephine Martin
SNA has recognized Dr. Josephine Martin, SNA Past-President, for her passion, commitment and outstanding service to school nutrition.
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ANC First Timer Scholarship Now Open!
Interested in attending the Annual National Conference for the first time but need help covering the cost? The School Nutrition Foundation is here to help with the ANC First Timer Scholarship!
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School Nutrition Explores Planning for the Future
The March issue of School Nutrition, SNA's award-winning flagship publication, explores a variety of topics related to planning for the future as part of its annual personal development issue.
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SNF Scholarships Applications Now Being Accepted Online
Interested in chasing down some of your educational goals in the coming year? Act fast! The deadline to take advantage of the School Nutrition Foundation's new 4-in-1 Scholarship Application is April 9th.
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USDA Food and Nutrition Accomplishments 2009-2011
The U.S Department of Agriculture has shared their top accomplishments for 2009-11, which includes a mention of their efforts in helping pass the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
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SNA Calendar

Events
April 1-30, 2012
Global Child Nutrition Month

May 16-17, 2012
Spring Industry Boot Camp

July 15-18, 2012
Annual National Conference

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Webinars
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Exams
4/19 - Athens, GA
4/20 - Albuquerque, NM
4/26 - Louisville, KY
6/10 - Myrtle Beach, SC
6/17 - Austin, TX
6/19 - Greensboro, NC
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