Highlights from SchoolNutrition.org Vol. 13, No. 4 - February 19, 2014

In This Issue

USDA Responds to Unpaid Meal Charges
Recently, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon sent a letter to state school officers on the topic of unpaid meal charges.
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Initial NSLP and SBP Participation Trends for 2013-14 School Year
With the many changes occurring in school nutrition programs, SNA has been monitoring data from USDA to understand national participation trends for lunch and breakfast programs.
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SNA Wants Member Feedback on Proposed Rule on Professional Standards
On February 4, 2014, USDA released proposed regulations on professional standards for all school nutrition employees. SNA encourages members to review the rule and provide any comments.
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Feature of the Week
ANC 2014 Sweepstakes
To emphasize the "Making History in Boston" theme for this summer's Annual National Conference (ANC), SNA is asking you to tell us how you've made history in school nutrition. Share how you've made a difference in your district and you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three free registrations to ANC 2014, which will be held in Boston, July 13 to 16. This sweepstakes is not available in any state or local jurisdiction where prohibited or restricted by law.

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2014 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow Winner Announced
SNA and the School Nutrition Foundation are pleased to announce that Janet Dunmyer has been selected as the 2014 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellow.
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Kevin Woods, SNA Industry Representative, Resigns from Board
SNA Industry Representative Kevin Woods has announced he is resigning from the Board of Directors, effective March 5, 2014. Following SNA bylaw protocol, Gary Vonck will replace Woods as Industry Representative.
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Connect with the Experts: Upcoming Webinar Wednesdays
If you haven't checked out SNA's list of upcoming webinars lately, do it now! SNA's professional development webinars are your opportunity to learn about the latest hot topics in school nutrition.
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Latest Journal Issue Examines the Impact of Wellness Policies
"Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Middle School Students Following the Implementation of a School District Wellness Policy" is one of the research articles featured in the Fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.
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Take Time to Recognize NSBW!
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) begins March 3rd. Will you recognize "Take Time for School Breakfast" in your cafeteria?
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Committee Chairmen Send Letter to USDA on Waiver to Delay Implementation of Competitive Foods, Breakfast Standards
On February 5, 2014, Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies and Chairman John Kline (R-MN) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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School Nutrition Focuses on High School Meal Operations
In the February issue of School Nutrition, SNA's award-winning flagship publication, school nutrition professionals provide their perspectives on some of the specific challenges and expertise involved in serving high school students.
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Celebrate School Meals Around the World
International School Meals Day, taking place on March 6, 2014 (during National School Breakfast Week), raises global awareness about the importance of school meals.
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SNA Calendar

Events
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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Webinars
2/19 - Making the Most of Community Eligibility Provision

2/24 - Learn the Details of the Proposed Professional Standards from USDA

2/25 - Learn the Benefits of Becoming SNA Certified

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Exams
3/14 - Salem, OR
4/10 - Jekyll Island, GA
4/10 - St. Louis, MO
6/11 - Mason, OH
6/16 - Colorado Springs, CO
6/29 - San Antonio, TX
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