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1. N.Y. districts struggle with federal meal standards

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

The foodservice directors of several New York state school districts said lunch participation has dropped and waste has increased under strict federal regulations for meals. However, the foodservice director of one district said there has been a slight increase in participation in his district, an indication, he noted, that students are adapting to the changes. Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (01/19)

2. Md. district works to boost breakfast participation

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

A Maryland school district is implementing several programs to help more students start the day with a healthy breakfast. The school system has updated and expanded the list of items offered for breakfast in some schools as well as offered "Grab 'N Go" breakfasts for middle-school students. Southern Maryland Newspapers Online (01/21)

3. Seminar offers ideas for meeting school nutrition standards

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Western New York school nutrition directors attended a seminar where they tasted foods from commodity processors to see how raw bulk ingredients can be used in school meal programs to meet federal nutrition standards. Tyson offered samples of a beef burger with mushrooms to reduce meat and fat and increase vegetable content. Debbi Beauvais, who oversees nutrition services at several school districts, said students will see it as a regular burger. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (01/21)

4. Colo. district increases participation under free meal program

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A Colorado school district has increased breakfast participation by 75% this year and lunch participation by 20% under the Community Eligibility Provision program, which provides universal, free meals for all students attending 19 of the district's 22 schools. Three charter schools have fewer students from low-income families and are not participating in the program. Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), The (01/22)

5. Schools seek to reduce food and paper waste, cut costs

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Schools and environmental groups nationwide are focused on reducing the amount of waste produced in schools -- and the cost associated with disposing of it. Officials say schools can make an immediate impact by starting with cafeterias, where some estimate the average 500-student school tosses 40 pounds of liquid in milk and juice cartons daily. District Administration magazine online (01/21)

6. Latest Journal issue examines thoughts on school meal standards

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Learn what foodservice personnel think about new USDA School Meal Standards in one of the articles featured in the Fall 2014 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management. Each issue of this exclusively digital publication features a variety of research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meals programs. Read the latest issue.

7. Pa. district adopts policy to curb meal debt

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

A Pennsylvania school district has adopted a policy that requires students with meal debt exceeding $10 to receive an alternate meal -- a cheese sandwich -- for lunch. The policy, intended to help curb meal account debt, includes additional, progressive steps based on the amount owed, including phone calls home and withholding students' report cards until accounts are settled with the district. Indiana Gazette (Pa.), The (01/20)

8. Some Texas districts to ignore cupcake "amnesty"

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Officials in some Texas school districts say they plan to stay the course on their existing policies related to cupcakes and other sugary treats, despite last week's announcement of cupcake "amnesty" in the state. Officials say district leaders and school principals set policies for parties and other occasions, with student health and nutrition in mind. San Antonio Express-News (01/15)

9. Make 2015 a year of learning with SNA Webinars

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Want to grow professionally and become more involved in SNA this year? SNA Webinar Wednesdays and Talk Tuesdays are a great way to learn about hot topics in school nutrition, get connected to your SNA member benefits -- and sometimes earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Check out the starting line-up of educational opportunities, including tomorrow's offering, "Making Cents of School Meals Programs." Learn more and access the webinar archive.

10. Beans can help digestive system, nutritionist says

SNA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Beans are heart healthy and have soluble and insoluble fiber that helps the digestive system run properly, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass says. Adding beans to a healthy diet can help with blood sugar and cholesterol levels, aid in weight control and boost vitamin B and iron intake, Sass says. (01/09)

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