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School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act

farm to schoolPew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Reauthorization of the Child Care Nutrition Act…

Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. First enacted in 1966, the federal Child Nutrition Act oversees all national child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, among others. Congress typically reviews and reapproves this law every five years. The Senate Agriculture Committee conducted two related hearings in 2014 on the importance of school meals programs and the challenges associated with feeding the nation’s schoolchildren.

With the current law—the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act—expiring Sept. 30, 2015, both chambers are likely to hold child nutrition hearings this year and propose legislation to renew these programs.

Download Free Activity for School Breakfast Week

There’s still plenty of time to place your order for Nutrition Month! Join thousands of nutrition professionals in promoting National School Breakfast Week March 2-6!

We’ve included a free downloadable sample activity from the Breakfast is Best Activity Books to kick off your celebration! Download here!


Keeping FACS Alive: From the family farm in Idaho

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

I am a product of an Idaho potato farm. I am a product of a loving family. I am a product of FCCLA. I am a product of Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

I was fortunate to be taught life skills and character development while working on the family farm, and learning and growing in a loving and caring environment in my home as a child. I took Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classes in junior high and high school. I was an active member of the high school organization, FHA, which changed its name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) while I was in high school. In college, I decided I wanted to share the life skills I had learned with other “kids.” I became a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. I taught mostly culinary arts classes for 7 years. I worked with students from a variety of backgrounds in schools in Las Vegas. This was surely a different experience from growing up on the farm! Now I teach a wider variety of the FCS skills in a small town, and I am back in Idaho. I love Family and Consumer Sciences, and the real-life application that can be helpful for everyone.

Support for Organizations Addressing Hunger Issues

From our friends at GrantStation

Support for Organizations Addressing Hunger Issues
Presbyterian Hunger Program
The Presbyterian Hunger Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 are provided in the following five categories: Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth’s limited resources. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger, with a focus on long-range solutions. Nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations are eligible to apply. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by April 30, 2015. Visit the program’s website to review the eligibility and criteria information.


MN Fox News talks to MSNA about healthy eating

Last week, Mary Fish, President of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association was interviewed by FOX 9 about how to get kids to choose more healthy options at school and at home! (Click to watch video.)

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