Highlights from SchoolNutrition.org Vol. 13, No. 1 - January 8, 2014

In This Issue

USDA FNS Permanently Eliminates the Grain and Protein Maximums
According to an advanced copy of the rule scheduled to be public January 3, 2014, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service will be making permanent the elimination of weekly maximums on grains and meat/meat alternates.
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SNA Launches Strategic Realignment Project
The Association's leadership has commenced an ambitious project to improve the alignment of SNA's governance, programs and Headquarters organizational structure to meet the priorities of its strategic plan.
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USDA FNS Released Notice of Summer Food Service Program 2014 Reimbursement Rates
Effective January 1, 2014, this notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children.
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Feature of the Week
Register for LAC 2014
It's a critical time to remind politicians in Washington, D.C., that school nutrition issues deserve a place at the legislative table. It's your turn to be heard, and there's no better time or place to speak up than at SNA's 42nd Legislative Action Conference (LAC). Taking place March 2-5, 2014, at Washington's J.W. Marriott Hotel—including a day spent lobbying on Capitol Hill—the conference program is jam-packed with opportunities to bring school nutrition back to the forefront. To take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate, register by January 20th!

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Welcome Webinar for New SNA Members
SNA will be hosting a welcome webinar for all new SNA members on Tuesday, January 21. During this webinar, new members will learn about the many benefits of SNA membership.
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SNA Provides Comments to USDA FNS Request for Comment on Community Eligibility
This rule proposes to amend the eligibility regulations for free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to codify the statutory provision that establishes the community eligibility provision.
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Keep Your Resolution Simple with STEPS!
If you haven't signed up already, be sure to register for SNA's STEPS Challenge. It's simple, free, and it's the perfect time to commit to healthier habits.
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Take Time to Plan Your NSBW Celebration!
Mark your calendar: National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) 2014 is March 3-7! Use this year's theme, "Take Time for School Breakfast," to remind parents that school breakfast is a great timesaver during those busy mornings.
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Students Now Eligible for Free and Reduced Meals Upon Application Submission
On December 3, USDA released a memo clarifying the flexibility available to local educational agency (LEA) officials for establishing the effective date of eligibility for children certified for free or reduced price meals.
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USDA Awards Grants for New Kitchen Equipment
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA will award $11 million in kitchen equipment grants to fourteen states, the District of Columbia and Guam. USDA cites a new report demonstrating the need for additional kitchen equipment to help schools meet new nutrition standards.
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Fall 2013 Journal Features Article on BackPack Programs
Take time to read "The BackPack Food Program's Effects on U.S. Elementary Students' Hunger and On-task Behavior," one of the research articles featured in the Fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.
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SNA VP Earns Exciting Promotion
In Fall 2013, SNA Vice President Jean Ronnei, SNS, announced she had been promoted to chief operating officer for Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Schools. Her promotion is a positive reflection on the school nutrition profession and the Board extends its congratulations to her for this achievement.
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SNA Hosts Professional Standards Webinar for Members
Given that training and education requirements from USDA are on the horizon, SNA hosted an informational webinar about professional standards on December 12th.
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SNA Calendar

Events
January 12-14, 2014
School Nutrition Industry Conference

March 2-5, 2014
Legislative Action Conference

March 3-7, 2014
National School Breakfast Week

May 21-22, 2014
Spring Industry Boot Camp

July 13-16, 2014
Annual National Conference

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Exams
2/14 - Tallahassee, FL
3/1 - Washington, D.C.
3/14 - Salem, OR
4/10 - St. Louis, MO
6/11 - Mason, OH
6/16 - Colorado Springs, CO
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