For Immediate Release
Gavin M Northey
Alaska School Nutrition Association to Lobby Congress in Support of School Meals
BETHEL, AK – MARCH 7, 2020 – Next week, Marybeth
Whalen will represent Alaska’s School Nutrition Professionals in Washington,
D.C. Each school day, School Nutrition Professionals
serve approximately 50,000 lunches and 26,000 breakfasts in support of child
nutrition and education in the great state of Alaska.
Whalen will participate in School Nutrition
Association’s (SNA) 48th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC).
During the conference (March 8 – 10), Whalen will join approximately 900 peers
from across the country in urging Congress to increase student access to
healthy school meals and support efforts to simplify child nutrition programs.
LAC’s “Charge to the Hill” will allow Alaska’s
Congressional Delegation to understand Alaska’s needs and opportunities to
support child nutrition programs. Whalen
is scheduled to meet with each of Alaska’s delegates or a member of their staff:
Lisa Murkowski, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Dan Sullivan, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
Don Young, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
(All times Eastern Daylight Time)
Whalen will discuss the importance of school
meal programs and provide insights on school meal program trends, successes and
challenges. Attendees will also share SNA’s 2020
which calls on Congress to eliminate the co-pay
for students who are eligible for reduced price meals, allow all states to use
Medicaid data to automatically certify eligible students for free and reduced
price meals, and develop guidance on ensuring students have adequate time to
eat healthy school meals.
SNA’s 2020 Position Paper also
addresses the importance of providing flexibility in school menu planning as
well as streamlining overly complex child nutrition programs. USDA’s current and proposed rules to
simplify menu planning ensure students continue to receive healthy meals at
school, exposing them to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
About School Nutrition Association:
Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization
representing more than 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. To find out
more about SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/LAC.
AKSNA is the state affiliate of the School
Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization
representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals
to students across the country. Recognized as the authority on school
nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of
school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.