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1. Federal legislation would relax school meal standards

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., will be introducing legislation in Congress that would scale back federal nutrition standards for school meals. Among other things, the proposal would allow more flexibility to meet requirements for whole grains and sodium content in meals served in schools. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (03/03)


2. Texas district serves free meals for National School Breakfast Week

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

A Texas school district is celebrating National School Breakfast Week by offering all students free breakfasts. In this video interview, Randy Milton of the Beaumont Independent School District said some schools may use carts to take breakfast to students who prefer hanging out in places other than in the cafeteria. KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas) (03/02)


3. Wis. district pilots free, universal meals in 3 schools

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Three schools in a Wisconsin district are piloting the federal program that allows eligible schools to provide free, universal breakfasts and lunches to all students. Officials say the Community Eligibility Provision has helped to expand access to meals and students' behavior has improved since the beginning of the program. Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wis.), The (03/01)


4. W.Va. students star in "Fuel Up to Play 60" video

SNA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

West Virginia students are included in a "Fueled Greatness" video designed to be a national promotion for the "Fuel Up to Play 60" initiative from the NFL and the National Dairy Council. West Virginia, which ranks high among states for school breakfast program participation, mandates use of the "Breakfast After First" initiative. Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.Va.), The (02/25)


5. Minn. district mulls opting out of National School Lunch Program

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

A Minnesota district is considering opting out of the National School Lunch Program because the serving sizes are too small for some students, especially student-athletes and others, who cost the district funding by bringing their own lunches. Officials say the decision could cost the district as much as $1,000 a day in state and federal funding -- or about $200,000 for the year. KSTP-TV (Minneapolis) (02/27)


6. Ohio school's students eat up paninis

SNA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

An Ohio high school has had great success with a weekly Panini Day, in which students can build their own sandwiches. The trend took off after the district's school nutrition director purchased a used panini press to use in the cafeteria. Soup also is popular. Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio), The (02/27)


7. "5-2-1-0" message works for students, adults, dietitian says

SNA SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

An obesity-prevention campaign that sets parameters for nutrition, screen time, physical activity and sugar-sweetened drinks works for students as well as adults, registered dietitian nutritionist Amy Pleimling writes. It's simple enough for children to understand but also targets four main factors that contribute to obesity, Pleimling writes. Huffington Post, The (02/27)


8. SNA's 2015 Little Big Fact Book available for purchase

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Whether you want to get a new employee up to speed, help explain school nutrition issues to your district's superintendent, support legislative initiatives in your state house or take a refresher course yourself, SNA's Little Big Fact Book: The Essential Guide to School Nutrition offers everything you need to know about the fundamentals of school nutrition. Hot off the presses, the 2015 edition of Little Big is a comprehensive overview, overflowing with facts and figures about federal regulations, USDA Foods, school district demographics and the hottest topics being discussed today. Learn more.


9. SNA seeks a la carte sales of healthy meal options

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

The School Nutrition Association is asking Congress to allow schools to sell healthy meal options as a la carte. "Allowing foods that meet nutrition standards for school meals to be sold as daily competitive food choices can help preserve the financial stability of school meal programs and ensure students can choose from a variety of healthy choices in the cafeteria," SNA said in a press release. Hill, The (03/02)


10. Family food budgets strained as winter storms close N.C. schools

SNA SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Inclement weather recently closed some North Carolina schools for as many as eight of 10 teaching days. Officials say the closures are particularly hard for families who rely on the schools' free and reduced-price meals. Some families say their food budgets have been stretched the max as they struggle to serve meals usually provided at school. News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The (02/28)




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