The School Nutrition Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education by providing members with education and training, setting standards through certification and credentialing, gathering and transmitting regulatory, legislative, industry, nutritional and other types of information related to school nutrition and representing the nutritional interests of all children. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, the School Nutrition Association has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946. For more information visit www.schoolnutrition.org.
For up-to-date regulations, Q&A, and a variety of tools including menu worksheets to help you meet compliance at your school, visit www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legislation/nutritionstandards.htm.
A non-profit professional trade association, ACDA is devoted to improvement of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Food Distribution Program. The program began in 1935 to encourage consumption of overabundant domestic farm products while providing nutritious foods to participating individuals. This is still the purpose of the program today. ACDA strives to strengthen USDA's Commodity Food Program which provides food to participating school lunch programs, charitable institutions, residential child care are institutions, child and adult day care centers, summer camps, summer food service programs for children, elderly nutrition programs, supplemental feeding programs for pregnant women, infants, and children and seniors, Indian households and disaster victims. For more information visit www.commodityfoods.org.
Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is leading the charge against the childhood obesity epidemic by engaging directly with industry leaders, educators, parents, healthcare professionals and—most importantly—kids. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to inspire young people to develop lifelong healthy habits. There is no single cause and no single solution for childhood obesity. As a result, the Alliance works to positively affect all the places that can make a difference in a child's health including homes, schools, doctors' offices and communities. For more information visit www.healthiergeneration.org.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. The Academy accomplishes this through many dimensions such as providing reliable and evidence-based nutrition information for the public, accrediting undergraduate and graduate programs, credentialing dietetics professionals, advocating for public policy, publishing a peer-reviewed Periodical: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and giving back to the Foundation. For more information visit: www.eatright.org/
Kids Eat Right is the first joint initiative from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, that supports the efforts of the White House to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. Kids Eat Right is a two-tiered campaign — with components for the general public and for Academy member registered dietitians — with the goal of educating families, communities, and policy makers about the importance of quality nutrition. The Kids Eat Right campaign will also provide with resources to help Academy members become recognized leaders in childhood obesity prevention. Kids Eat Right focuses on three main objectives which include educating children, families, communities and policy makers on the importance of high-quality, nutritional foods in childhood obesity prevention efforts, advocating on behalf of a quality nutrition approach to promote growth and development, and demonstraing the food and nutrition expertise of registered dietitians through educational programming and advocacy. For more information visit: www.eatright.org/kids/
The National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI), part of the School of Applied Science at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. The Institute was established by Congress in 1989 and funded at The University of Mississippi in 1991 by a grant administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The specific duties of the NFSMI can be found in Section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The Institute's mission is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs.The Institute is comprised of four divisions that work hand in hand to aid child nutrition and child care professionals in the operation of successful child nutrition programs. The Education and Training, Information Services, and Administration divisions are headquartered on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi. The Applied Research Division, which is operated in cooperation with The University of Southern Mississippi, is located in Hattiesburg. For more information visit: www.nfsmi.org
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives which include advancing and promoting dietary guidance for all Americans, and conducting applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics. The Center's core projects to support its objectives include dietary guidlines for americans, a USDA food guidance system (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid), a healthy eating index, U.S. food plans, nutrient content of the U.S. food supply, and expenditures on children by families. For more information visit: www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html