On Sept. 8, USDA issued a press release announcing that some of Oregon’s neediest children will be able to enjoy uninterrupted meal service in the midst of wildfires thanks to a demonstration project approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
FNS has approved the State of Oregon’s request to operate meal service through a Summer Food Service Program demonstration project that allows them to take meals home with them. FNS offers the option for summer meal sponsors to operate this program during the school year when there are unexpected school closures. In Oregon, due to current conditions, it is expected that a number of schools will not be in session. Under this demo, children will be able to take home individually sealed meals served through the program rather than having to eat them on site. FNS is allowing the State of Oregon to use this demo in specific impacted areas on days where there are air quality alerts from the National Weather Service. The approval is effective through October 16.
“USDA strives to ensure all Americans have access to food, especially in times of crisis,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “This Summer Food Service Program demo offers the agility to provide meals to children – away from sites – under extraordinary circumstances, including extreme weather situations.”
Visit the USDA Communications web page to read the full press release.
The OSNA Industry Committee is pleased to announce the second Chelsea Hicks Foundation and Chelsea’s Closet Costume Drive to be held in conjunction with its Annual Industry Seminar on October 13, 2017 at the Camp Withycombe Armory and Conference Center in Clackamas.
To get details on this charity and costume donations, please visit our Annual Industry Seminar page.
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have published a new free guide, “Breakfast Blueprint: Breakfast After the Bell Programs Support Learning.”
The “Breakfast Blueprint” is a guide focused on breakfast after the bell programs–such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go” breakfast and second chance breakfast–because they are increasingly popular, are well-researched and have successfully helped schools and districts improve students’ access to nutritious foods. These innovative models shift breakfast service from before the school bell to after, making morning meals available to more students. Combined with providing breakfast at no cost to all students regardless of income, breakfast after the bell eliminates stigma and increases convenience for students.
Download your free Breakfast Blueprint (.pdf) today!
Our Oregon delegates to the July 2017 School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta represented OSNA in style! Thanks to all of our delegates for their participation!
OSNA is pleased to announce that musician, songwriter, author and speaker Patrick Henry of “The Lunch Lady Blues” fame will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 OSNA Annual Industry Seminar on Friday, Oct. 13. The seminar will take place at the Camp Withycombe Armory & Event Center in Clackamas.
Get the program schedule and registration details on our Annual Industry Seminar page.
To download the booth registration form and information sheets, please visit the Annual Industry Seminar page.
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The Marriott Courtyard Portland Southeast/Clackamas is offering OSNA Industry Seminar attendees a reduced rate for Thursday, Oct. 12. Call and mention “OSNA Show” to book a Standard King with Sofa Bed room for just $138/night!
Reserve today as the number of rooms at this rate is limited.
Visit our Annual Industry Seminar page to download the 2017 Registration Form today! This year’s theme, “Keeping Your Team in Tune,” sets the tone for a jammin’ good conference day!
Visit our Annual Directory page to download the latest information on this year’s opportunity to reach OSNA’s 600 school nutrition professionals!