Webinars on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

FRAC’s Webinar series, Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Putting the Act Into Action, examines the provisions of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and provides steps to make the provisions of the Act a success. Click on the Webinar title to view:

What You Need to Know NOW (December 17, 2010)
The first in a series of FRAC Webinars examining the provisions of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, and outlining the steps to make the provisions of the Act a success. This Webinar featured an overview of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Child Nutrition Reauthorization); an outline of improvements to the child nutrition programs; highlights of the parts that are immediately in effect or need immediate work by stakeholders; information on moving implementation forward in the best possible way and moving it quickly in states and communities; and a checklist of things to do.
Presenters:

  • Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
  • Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center
  • Geri Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs, FRAC
  • Crystal FitzSimons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs, FRAC

What You Need to Know About CACFP (January 13, 2011)
Presenters discussed the improvements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) made by The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and provided details on these new CACFP provisions, their role in boosting food security and healthy eating, recently released USDA policies, key next steps, and USDA’s implementation plans.
Presenters:

  • Tina Namian, Section Chief, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Section, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • Mary Story, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program, University of Minnesota
  • Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy, National Women’s Law Center
  • Geri Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs, FRAC

What You Need to Know About Afterschool Meals (January 19, 2011)
Presenters discussed the nationwide expansion of the new Afterschool Meal Program made through The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The Afterschool Meal Program is an important new sustainable funding source for afterschool programs. Presenters explained the new program and discussed how it will be implemented nationwide. The webinar was co-sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the YMCA of the USA.
Presenters:

  • Tina Namian, Section Chief, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Section, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • Lori Thompson, Food Program Administrator, The YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo
  • Courtney Conner, Nutrition Associate, Maryland Hunger Solutions
  • Crystal FitzSimons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs, FRAC

What You Need to Know About Summer Food (January 27, 2011)
Presenters discussed the improvements that have been made to Summer Food through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Presenters also explored how the changes can be used to help increase the number of children served and the number of programs participating. The webinar was co-sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, the National Recreation and Park Association, National Summer Learning Association, and the YMCA of the USA.
Presenters:

  • Tina Namian, Section Chief, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Section, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • Leslie Power, Deputy Director, Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department
  • Susanne Sparks, Policy Manager, National Summer Learning Association
  • Crystal FitzSimons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs, FRAC

What you need to know about Improving and Streamlining Access to School Meals for Low-Income Children (February 3, 2011)
Presenters discussed key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act which will result in easier access to free meals for low-income children. Presenters also outlined action steps that advocates and schools can take right now to improve direct certification systems and school meal application processes.
Presenters:

  • Zoë Neuberger, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Melissa Rothstein, Acting Director, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
  • Madeleine Levin, Senior Policy Analyst, School Breakfast and Lunch Program, Food Research and Action Center

What You Need to Know to Make the Most of the New School Nutrition and Wellness Improvements (February 10, 2011)
Presenters focused on the improvements the new law makes to the school nutrition environment including the additional six cents, USDA’s proposed new school meals nutrition standards, stronger competitive foods rules and wellness policies, nutrition environment report cards and farm to school resources. Presenters from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, Action for Healthy Kids, and FRAC provided details on the key new provisions, next steps, and implementation plans.
Presenters:

  • Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center
  • Geri Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs, FRAC
  • Julie Brewer, Policy and Program Development Branch Chief, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • Angela Forfia, Program Manager, Action for Healthy Kids

Strategies for Success: Making the Most of the New School Water and Milk Requirements (May 24, 2011)
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requires that free water must be made readily available to children during lunch, and schools must only offer milk consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. USDA recently issued guidance on these provisions. On this webinar, presenters focused on the information, practical models, tools and resources needed to facilitate the successful implementation of the new water and milk requirements. Speakers included representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Endowment, FRAC and other advocacy organizations.


Healthy Choices for School Children: Getting the Junk Foods Out of Schools (June 16, 2012)
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requires USDA to issue healthy nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools.  The Act gives USDA the power to eliminate the unhealthy foods in vending machines, snack bars, “a la carte” lines in cafeterias, and other foods sold outside of the federally-reimbursed school meals. During this webinar, presenters discussed USDA’s plans, process and timeline for the healthy foods in school rule; shared recommendations for the nutrition standards and enforcement necessary to make the new school regulations a success;
discussed new research findings on the positive impact of “competitive” food standards; and identified action steps, tools, and resources  useful in continuing to advocate for healthy foods in schools now.
Presenters:

  • Nancy Lyons, Child Nutrition Division, USDA
  • Sarah Samuels and Lisa Craypo, Samuels and Associates
  • Jim Weill and Madeleine Levin, Food Research and Action Center

School Year 2011-2012 – New Opportunities to Increase Nutrition Resources for Low-Income School-Age Children (October 11, 2012)
Presenters:

  • Vivian Lees, State Systems Support Branch, Child Nutrition Division, USDA
  • Kara Ryan, National Council of La Raza
  • Crystal FitzSimons, FRAC

Serving Meals and Snacks to Children on Weekends and School Holidays through the Afterschool Meal Program (November 3, 2011)
Presenters covered the need for children to access healthy meals when school is out for the weekend or during school holidays, and discussed ways to incorporate meals into weekend programs and how to successfully serve children during school holidays.


New Healthier School Meal Standards: What You Need to Know (February 2, 2012)
Presenters discussed help make the new healthier school meal standards implementation a success for schools and for low-income children, and covered: the new nutrition rule’s implementation timeline and process, strategies for success, and identifying key action steps and resources.
Presenters:

  • Jim Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center
  • Cindy Long, Director, Child Nutrition Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Jean Ronnei, SNS, Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Geri Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs, Food Research and Action Center