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SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals
SNA: School Nutrition Association ^ | October 11, 2013 | Diane Pratt-Heavner

Posted on 10/12/2013 4:01:43 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen

SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (October 11, 2013) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national non-profit representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide, sent a letter to congressional leaders today urging them to end the Federal Government shutdown to ensure the availability of school meals for America’s students.

Starting on November 1, school meal programs will request federal reimbursements for meals served during October, but the US Department of Agriculture has not guaranteed the availability of sufficient funds to reimburse states for all meals served in October. In fact, one state agency TEXAS has already notified local school districts that funding is only sufficient to reimburse meals served through October 4, 2013.

“School meal programs depend on federal reimbursements to operate,” said SNA President Leah Schmidt, SNS. “If the Federal Government shutdown persists, millions of students who rely on school meals as a primary source of nutrition will suffer.”

School meal programs operate on extremely tight budgets with limited financial reserves. Programs rely on monthly federal reimbursements to pay wages, local vendors and farmers and reimburse their school districts for their share of utilities, custodial and other expenses.

To read SNA’s letter to congressional leaders click here.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada; US: Ohio; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: nevada; nutritionsna; ohio; schoollunch; texas
Letter referenced above
October 11, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
The Capitol, Room H-232
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Speaker and Mr. Leader:

On behalf of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 55,000 members nationwide, I am writing to urge you to take immediate steps to end the Federal Government shutdown.

Every school day, over 31 million students across our country depend on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs to provide the nutrition they need to succeed in school. The protracted government shutdown leaves many school administrators uncertain of their ability to sustain these school meal programs after November 1, 2013, when programs begin to file federal reimbursement claims for meals served through the month of October. The US Department of Agriculture has not guaranteed that adequate Fiscal Year 2013 carryover funding is available in the midst of the shutdown to reimburse all states for all meals served in October.

School meal programs operate on extremely tight budgets and are permitted to carry no more than a three-month operating fund balance. However, many school meal programs struggle to maintain a positive fund balance. These programs depend on the timely delivery of their federal reimbursements to cover staff wages; reimburse school districts for utilities and custodial services; and pay local businesses, farmers and distributors who provide food, supplies and equipment.

A failure by the Federal Government to provide states with prompt funding to make complete, on-time reimbursements for school meals could threaten the stability of school meal programs, impacting millions of students, many of whom rely on school meals as their primary source of sustenance. The lapse in funding could result in significant economic ripple effects throughout communities nationwide.

Every Monday morning, school nutrition professionals across the country open their cafeteria doors to find children eagerly in line for school breakfast after a weekend with not enough food to eat at home. On behalf of those children, I strongly urge you to end the government shutdown as soon as possible to ensure the continued quality and service of school meals.

Sincerely,

Leah Schmidt, SNS
SNA President

120 Waterfront St. | Suite 300 | National Harbor, MD 20745 | phone: 301.686.3100 • 800.877.8822 | fax: 301.686.3115 | www.schoolnutrition.org


1 posted on 10/12/2013 4:01:43 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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Anyone not attached to the federal nipple doesn’t have to worry about such things.


2 posted on 10/12/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
to Protect School Meals
You mean all those wonderful single moms, and all the millions of taxpayer dollars they scam, would let their kids go hungry?
Nooooooo, say it ain't so Joe.
3 posted on 10/12/2013 4:06:48 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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Yeah, we don’t want any kids to starve to death just because their incompetent parent can’t make them breakfast or lunch.


4 posted on 10/12/2013 4:12:08 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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Public schools are child abuse.


5 posted on 10/12/2013 4:15:00 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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SNA: eat THIS.


6 posted on 10/12/2013 4:17:31 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: cripplecreek
Talk to the Senate, SNA, they're the ones who keep refusing to vote on the bills from the House.

Until then, the kids can bring their lunch, which will probably be tastire and more nutritious than anything the schools serve from Mooshelle the Wookie's menu.

7 posted on 10/12/2013 4:22:14 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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Moochelle meals?


8 posted on 10/12/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: cripplecreek

Why? The kids don’t eat them because they don’t like them. So, they end up in the trash dumpster out behind the school building.


9 posted on 10/12/2013 4:30:38 PM PDT by Parmy
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Correction: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country the Democrat Party.
10 posted on 10/12/2013 4:38:00 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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So we’re asking them to be responsible parents and feed their own kids, the loved ones they brought into the world? The horrors. The humanity!


11 posted on 10/12/2013 4:45:10 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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Why? The kids don’t eat them because they don’t like them. So, they end up in the trash dumpster out behind the school building.

How so very true. One school district (>10,300 students) that I know of...with the start of the first 6 weeks of this school year, lunches were down >127,000 from a comparable time of last year.

Students are actively rejecting Michelle's nutrition dictates. YET free lunches are UP by enormous numbers, BUT the trash bills for food waste have increased tremendously at this time. A severe wasteful cycle.

What a fraud, waste, abuse this program has become!!!

12 posted on 10/12/2013 4:45:16 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (National Pk Srv: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting)
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So the poor kiddies can't eat without tons of Obama Stash money and a gargantuan bureaucracy tailored just for the truly incompetent and perpetually whining?

How about if Momma just packs a PB&J or bologna sandwich with a banana and a cookie like my Mom used to do?

But maybe that is just too much to expect ghetto parasites and Gibsmedats to do for the "free" lunches the taxpayers provide to their legions of little bastards - courtesy of our slimy, vote buying politicians?

Is it just me, or am I the only one who doesn't give a sh!t if they get fed with my tax dollars?

13 posted on 10/12/2013 5:02:26 PM PDT by Gritty (Progressives see themselves as saints, opponents as Satanists; that justifies anything-D. Horowitz)
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The Third Amendment to the US Constitution places restrictions on the government quartering soldiers in private homes, but welfare, foodstamps, and the countless programs funded by the taxpayer to keep an army of dependents clothed, fed, and just a phone call away is precisely that... the illegal quartering of bambi’s private shock troops. They don’t have to physically be in your living room to suck you dry.


14 posted on 10/12/2013 5:15:24 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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How about if Momma just packs a PB&J

because that is a no-no.

Somebody in that school might have a cousin in another town who knows a kid who has a sister that is allergic to nuts

15 posted on 10/12/2013 5:16:28 PM PDT by digger48
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Organizations like the SNA evidently do not understand that the states have never delegated to the federal government, via the Constitution, the specific power to tax and spend for subsidizing public school lunch programs.

Corrupt Congress is actually using such programs as an excuse to justify constitutionally indefensible federal taxes, imo, an excuse that actually works really well when taxpayers are not being taught the federal government's constituitonally limited powers. Congress is essentially stealing state revenues which could be used to subsidize such programs.

And then Congress has the audaticy to use the possible loss of such funding as a threat to blackmail the states to continue the unconstitutional expansion of its powers.

Finally, somebody please ping me if Boehner or Reid actually respond to the SNA letter in the context of the information provided above.

16 posted on 10/12/2013 5:18:10 PM PDT by Amendment10
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Thanks Stand Watch Listen.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national non-profit representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide...
IOW, a labor union.


17 posted on 10/12/2013 5:20:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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"The School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national non-profit representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide..."

LOL! Yes, I agree a union.

Tax-free "organization" with a CEO making 300K/yr, that HAPPENS to donate to democrats.

The stench of liberalism permeates that name. Usually they change it to something like "Working families for school nutrition and children's futures"

18 posted on 10/12/2013 5:40:21 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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Homeschool.


19 posted on 10/12/2013 5:40:36 PM PDT by familyop
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The shutdown should be ade permanent. End all Federal money to schools.


20 posted on 10/12/2013 5:49:03 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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My 2nd grade daughter, who is not a picky eater, liked the school lunches in kindergarten. Last year, I packed her lunch 2-3 days a week, now this year she only takes school lunch once a week. Why? Not only because most days its gross, its not even enough food! The portions are so small! She’s a growing kid, only 75 %ile weight and 98 %ile height (tall & thin) and loves fruit and veggies. She says a lot of kids throw away over half their lunch. I’m sure a lot of those kids are on free or reduced lunch too.


21 posted on 10/12/2013 6:42:46 PM PDT by jodster36
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Should send them a note that a bill has been passed by the House but the head children haters in the Senate and White House are negligent is passing and signing the bill. Please call, write and email those two offices and threaten them with loss of support and lunches for their children and grandchildren. In fact, better yet, threaten them with feeding their children and grandchildren “Moo” lunches.


22 posted on 10/12/2013 6:45:18 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (When His Arrogance talks out of his a$$, Harry Reid's lips move.)
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I work in the schools. It is indescribable how much government food goes right in the trash, especially the milk and fruit. We can no longer serve chocolate or strawberry milk (which the kids would drink), only 1% or non-fat milk which the kids detest -- goes right in the dumpsters, gallons and gallons of it.

Fruit is second-rate and usually underripe. Kids toss that first. They can't pick and chose what they want (at least at my school they can't) they have to take the "whole enchilada" so to speak.

Most of it looks and smells so terrible that I can't blame the kids for not touching it. took some home to my dogs once, my big dog who EATS EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING (edible or not) wouldn't touch it -- one sniff and he turned away.

Also, the school was making things like hamburger made from pink slime -- Schools said they no longer buy products made with the slime, but I heard on the inside that that isn't true.


23 posted on 10/12/2013 7:27:14 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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SNA Urges Congress to End Shutdown to Protect School Meals October 12, 2013 4:45:16 PM PDT · 12 of 23 Stand Watch Listen to Parmy Why? The kids don’t eat them because they don’t like them. So, they end up in the trash dumpster out behind the school building. How so very true. One school district (>10,300 students) that I know of...with the start of the first 6 weeks of this school year, lunches were down >127,000 from a comparable time of last year. Students are actively rejecting Michelle's nutrition dictates. YET free lunches are UP by enormous numbers, BUT the trash bills for food waste have increased tremendously at this time. A severe wasteful cycle. What a fraud, waste, abuse this program has become!!!

With all the starving kids that are said to be around, how come there is Michelle's 'war on childhood obesity"?

This is for anyone who cares, take a look behind the school nearest where you live and observe the trash dumpsters after lunch is over.

24 posted on 10/13/2013 9:16:46 AM PDT by Parmy
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