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NYC4CNR July 2015 Newsletter

The July 2015 Newsletter for NYC4CNR, the policy coalition we co-convene.

 

 
   

NYC4CNR Website

Action Alerts

34 Organizations Left to Go! Help us Get to 100!

We are still shy of our goal of 100 organizations signed on to the NYC4CNR policy platform.  We need to be ready to send our message to Congress now, while the 2015 CNR bill is being drafted in the Senate. 

 

 

 

Please do two things to help us reach our goal of 100 organizational supporters NOW:

  1. Sign it: click here to add your organization’s name to the list of supporters, and

  2. Share it: ask your partners to sign on as well.  We are asking every group aligned with NYC4CNR to send the organizational sign-on invitation email below to 5 other organizations.  Please share through social media as well, by using the suggested tweetsbelow.

Organizational Sign-on Invitation Email Link  

Organizational Sign-on Suggested Tweets

 

 

Share Your CNR Story: #CNR2015

While Congress is drafting the 2015 CNR, we are encouraging our alliance members, partners, and any others involved with child nutrition programs to share their CNR story on Twitter.  Tweet your story and a photo, using hashtag #CNR2015

NYC4CNR Letter to Leadership in Congress

Right now the Senate Agriculture Committee is working on a draft of the 2015 Child Nutrition Act and the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education may soon follow. We are sending our 2015 Policy Platform to Congressional leadership to ensure that they know we need a strong CNR that will strengthen local economies and communities by ensuring children are free from hunger, well-nourished, and ready to learn.

 

 

 

Action Alert from FRAC: Support Summer Meals

Three Actions to Take Today to Strengthen the Summer Nutrition Programs in Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR):

  1. Endorse The Summer Meals Act of 2015 (pdf) (S. 613, H.R. 1728) and The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (pdf) (S. 1539, H.R. 2715), by signing on your organization here.*

  2. Encourage your partners and network allies to endorse these bills to demonstrate local support and to make sure that these bills are included in the final CNR.

  3. Create buzz on social media by sharing photos of your summer meal sites and tagging your Members of Congress to ask for their support of #summermeals #SummerMealsAct and a strong #CNR2015.

Some Sample Tweets to Get You Started:

  • Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor important #summermeals legislation, incl bi-partisan #SummerMealsAct. Visit http://bit.ly/qQNSuy

  • Organizations! Help reach 1500 endorsements by July 15th in support of two complementary #SummerMeals bills http://bit.ly/1LfWE5c

  • Congress is working on #CNR2015. Visit a summer meal site to learn how important summer meals are to our children! http://bit.ly/1Gtsg2O

Other Events:
If you or your organization know of any events related to the National School Lunch Program, theSchool Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program, please let us know so that we can advertise it to the Alliance.  Email David DeVaughn (ddevaughn@cityharvest.org) or Claire Uno (cu2155@tc.columbia.edu) with event information.

Legislative Update

Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill last week, which will now head to the House floor.  The bill includes language requiring USDA to continue to offer waivers exempting School Food Authorities from the whole grain requirements, and delaying the implementation of phase 2 sodium requirements “until the latest scientific research establishes the reduction is beneficial for 14 children.”  It is unclear when the bill will go to the full House floor. It appears the Senate Appropriations Committee is also likely to include similar language. 

 

 

2015 CNR CHATTER

According to Jessica Donze Black of The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Senate is currently drafting the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization, with the aim of having a bill in committee this month.  This bill will likely have bipartisan support.  The House counterpart has been delayed by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but the committee hopes to have a bill in September.  

The National Review, reporting from the School Nutrition Association conference in Salt Lake, speculates, “With less than three weeks remaining before Congress takes a five-week recess in August and early September, and only a three-week session in September, it seems almost impossible that Congress will reauthorize the programs on time. Some lobbyists believe that no bill will be produced before 2017, because approving a measure in an election year could be tricky, and President Obama would refuse to sign a bill that would damage the first lady's legacy.”

 


NYC4CNR Alliance partner Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Managing Director Greg Silverman wrote a great New York City piece for USDA Blog: A Case Study in Wellness at PS 145 – Supporting Schools and Supporting Nutrition Standards

 


According to the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), the White House will not be coming out with CNR recommendations because they are likely to be met with backlash.  Senate Agriculture committee staffers have requested that advocates communicate with all members of the committee, not just Chairman Roberts.

Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs at FRAC, told NYC4CNR members at our June 25th meeting that proposals are currently being sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to see if they can trim costs.  Specifically, streamlining the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) has bipartisan support, but is expensive.  Ellen also reported that many staffers and new Members of Congress are not familiar with CNR programs, and called on NYC4CNR members to share their stories and host site visits this summer.

Molly Hartman, Senior Advisor for Food Policy in the Mayor’s Office, shared an update from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which met in San Francisco in June and passed a resolution on CNR.  Molly explained that the resolution calls for a strong CNR that will not cut funding or rollback nutrition standards, and said that the resolution can serve as an advocacy tool. Find a copy of the resolution here. 

A Case Study in Wellness at PS 145 – Supporting Schools and Supporting Nutrition Standards - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/07/09/a-case-study-in-wellness-at-ps-145-supporting-schools-and-supporting-nutrition-standards/#sthash.zJRMK9If.dpuf
A Case Study in Wellness at PS 145 – Supporting Schools and Supporting Nutrition Standards - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/07/09/a-case-study-in-wellness-at-ps-145-supporting-schools-and-supporting-nutrition-standards/#sthash.zJRMK9If.dpuf

 

Research Update

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a new research-based infographic on child nutrition and sample social media posts: The full infographic is available on rwjf.org
Shorter URL: http://bit.ly/1KPsDHO
 
·         School meals are bringing a #CultureofHealth to kids across the USA!
·         Healthier #schoolmeals matter to 30+million kids. Learn abt healthy school environments
·         Aside from home, most kids spend more time at school than any other place. Healthier #schoolmeals matter!

 

 

Mission Readiness released reports in North Dakota and Kentucky highlighting the need for strong school nutrition standards to national defense:
 
·         7/9 Grand Forks Herald (ND)  “Military leaders in ND back healthy school lunches as obesity plagues armed forces”
·         7/7 LEX18 News (Lexington, KY)  “73% of young Kentuckians cannot join the military: New report shows obesity to blame”

 

News Update

 

 

 

 - NYC4CNR Background -

 

What is the Alliance?
The NYC Alliance for CNR is a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act.

 

What is the Child Nutrition Act?
The Child Nutrition Act governs the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families.  Congress authorizes the legislation every 5 years.  The current bill expires on October 1, 2015.
Why is this bill important?
This is a once in a five year opportunity to make improvements to programs that feed and educate millions of children from infancy through adolescence.  In New York State alone, over 1.8 million children eat school lunch every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC public schools. We are leading an action campaign for New Yorkers to engage in this debate.

   
     

Published Monday, Jul. 20, 2015

NYC4CNR July 2015 Newsletter

 

 
   

NYC4CNR Website

Action Alerts

34 Organizations Left to Go! Help us Get to 100!

We are still shy of our goal of 100 organizations signed on to the NYC4CNR policy platform.  We need to be ready to send our message to Congress now, while the 2015 CNR bill is being drafted in the Senate. 

 

 

 

Please do two things to help us reach our goal of 100 organizational supporters NOW:

  1. Sign it: click here to add your organization’s name to the list of supporters, and

  2. Share it: ask your partners to sign on as well.  We are asking every group aligned with NYC4CNR to send the organizational sign-on invitation email below to 5 other organizations.  Please share through social media as well, by using the suggested tweetsbelow.

Organizational Sign-on Invitation Email Link  

Organizational Sign-on Suggested Tweets

 

 

Share Your CNR Story: #CNR2015

While Congress is drafting the 2015 CNR, we are encouraging our alliance members, partners, and any others involved with child nutrition programs to share their CNR story on Twitter.  Tweet your story and a photo, using hashtag #CNR2015

NYC4CNR Letter to Leadership in Congress

Right now the Senate Agriculture Committee is working on a draft of the 2015 Child Nutrition Act and the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education may soon follow. We are sending our 2015 Policy Platform to Congressional leadership to ensure that they know we need a strong CNR that will strengthen local economies and communities by ensuring children are free from hunger, well-nourished, and ready to learn.

 

 

 

Action Alert from FRAC: Support Summer Meals

Three Actions to Take Today to Strengthen the Summer Nutrition Programs in Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR):

  1. Endorse The Summer Meals Act of 2015 (pdf) (S. 613, H.R. 1728) and The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (pdf) (S. 1539, H.R. 2715), by signing on your organization here.*

  2. Encourage your partners and network allies to endorse these bills to demonstrate local support and to make sure that these bills are included in the final CNR.

  3. Create buzz on social media by sharing photos of your summer meal sites and tagging your Members of Congress to ask for their support of #summermeals #SummerMealsAct and a strong #CNR2015.

Some Sample Tweets to Get You Started:

  • Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor important #summermeals legislation, incl bi-partisan #SummerMealsAct. Visit http://bit.ly/qQNSuy

  • Organizations! Help reach 1500 endorsements by July 15th in support of two complementary #SummerMeals bills http://bit.ly/1LfWE5c

  • Congress is working on #CNR2015. Visit a summer meal site to learn how important summer meals are to our children! http://bit.ly/1Gtsg2O

Other Events:
If you or your organization know of any events related to the National School Lunch Program, theSchool Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program, please let us know so that we can advertise it to the Alliance.  Email David DeVaughn (ddevaughn@cityharvest.org) or Claire Uno (cu2155@tc.columbia.edu) with event information.

Legislative Update

Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill last week, which will now head to the House floor.  The bill includes language requiring USDA to continue to offer waivers exempting School Food Authorities from the whole grain requirements, and delaying the implementation of phase 2 sodium requirements “until the latest scientific research establishes the reduction is beneficial for 14 children.”  It is unclear when the bill will go to the full House floor. It appears the Senate Appropriations Committee is also likely to include similar language. 

 

 

2015 CNR CHATTER

According to Jessica Donze Black of The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Senate is currently drafting the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization, with the aim of having a bill in committee this month.  This bill will likely have bipartisan support.  The House counterpart has been delayed by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but the committee hopes to have a bill in September.  

The National Review, reporting from the School Nutrition Association conference in Salt Lake, speculates, “With less than three weeks remaining before Congress takes a five-week recess in August and early September, and only a three-week session in September, it seems almost impossible that Congress will reauthorize the programs on time. Some lobbyists believe that no bill will be produced before 2017, because approving a measure in an election year could be tricky, and President Obama would refuse to sign a bill that would damage the first lady's legacy.”

 


NYC4CNR Alliance partner Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Managing Director Greg Silverman wrote a great New York City piece for USDA Blog: A Case Study in Wellness at PS 145 – Supporting Schools and Supporting Nutrition Standards

 


According to the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), the White House will not be coming out with CNR recommendations because they are likely to be met with backlash.  Senate Agriculture committee staffers have requested that advocates communicate with all members of the committee, not just Chairman Roberts.

Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs at FRAC, told NYC4CNR members at our June 25th meeting that proposals are currently being sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to see if they can trim costs.  Specifically, streamlining the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) has bipartisan support, but is expensive.  Ellen also reported that many staffers and new Members of Congress are not familiar with CNR programs, and called on NYC4CNR members to share their stories and host site visits this summer.

Molly Hartman, Senior Advisor for Food Policy in the Mayor’s Office, shared an update from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which met in San Francisco in June and passed a resolution on CNR.  Molly explained that the resolution calls for a strong CNR that will not cut funding or rollback nutrition standards, and said that the resolution can serve as an advocacy tool. Find a copy of the resolution here. 

A Case Study in Wellness at PS 145 – Supporting Schools and Supporting Nutrition Standards - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/07/09/a-case-study-in-wellness-at-ps-145-supporting-schools-and-supporting-nutrition-standards/#sthash.zJRMK9If.dpuf
A Case Study in Wellness at PS 145 – Supporting Schools and Supporting Nutrition Standards - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/07/09/a-case-study-in-wellness-at-ps-145-supporting-schools-and-supporting-nutrition-standards/#sthash.zJRMK9If.dpuf

 

Research Update

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a new research-based infographic on child nutrition and sample social media posts: The full infographic is available on rwjf.org
Shorter URL: http://bit.ly/1KPsDHO
 
·         School meals are bringing a #CultureofHealth to kids across the USA!
·         Healthier #schoolmeals matter to 30+million kids. Learn abt healthy school environments
·         Aside from home, most kids spend more time at school than any other place. Healthier #schoolmeals matter!

 

 

Mission Readiness released reports in North Dakota and Kentucky highlighting the need for strong school nutrition standards to national defense:
 
·         7/9 Grand Forks Herald (ND)  “Military leaders in ND back healthy school lunches as obesity plagues armed forces”
·         7/7 LEX18 News (Lexington, KY)  “73% of young Kentuckians cannot join the military: New report shows obesity to blame”

 

News Update

 

 

 

 - NYC4CNR Background -

 

What is the Alliance?
The NYC Alliance for CNR is a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act.

 

What is the Child Nutrition Act?
The Child Nutrition Act governs the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families.  Congress authorizes the legislation every 5 years.  The current bill expires on October 1, 2015.
Why is this bill important?
This is a once in a five year opportunity to make improvements to programs that feed and educate millions of children from infancy through adolescence.  In New York State alone, over 1.8 million children eat school lunch every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC public schools. We are leading an action campaign for New Yorkers to engage in this debate.

   
     
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