Whole Grain Guidance
Guidance on Requests for Exemption from Whole Grains in SY 2014-15 and 2015-16
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a memo providing State Agencies with guidance on granting exemptions from the regulatory whole grain-rich requirement in meal programs for school years 2014-15 and 2015-16. State Agencies that choose to offer exemptions to their School Food Authorities must notify their FNS regional office and provide a copy of their exemption process prior to implementation. Read the full USDA memo for more details.
SNA Releases 2015 Position Paper Calling for Greater Funding and Flexibility for School Meals Programs
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 professionals who prepare and serve school meals, has released its 2015 Position Paper, outlining the Association’s advocacy efforts as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 this year.
"SNA supports strong federal nutrition standards for school meals, including calorie caps and mandates to offer a greater quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables,” said SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. “However, some of USDA’s regulations under the law have unnecessarily increased costs and waste for school meal programs and caused many students to swap healthy school meals for junk food fare. SNA is asking Congress to provide schools adequate funding and flexibility, allowing school nutrition professionals to plan creative, appealing menus that will entice students to eat healthy school meals.”- excerpt from SNA News Release issued 1/29/2015.
SNA's 2015 Position Paper including details about each request
SNA's 2015 Position Paper in short, printable format
2015 SPRING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
Part 3of a Three-Part Series
This spring, the Maryland School Nutrition Association will hold its annual education workshops across the state. Beginning in 2012, we started a three-part series of professional development workshops focused on Supervisory Skill Development. Attending this series is an exciting way to build your skills as a school nutrition professional and maintain your certification. This year's topic is Leadership Skills.
Workshops will be held in March and April in several locations around the state. Learn more. Questions? Contact Education Chair Stew Eidel.