Nutrition Task Force
Representatives of SCAFCS
served on the South Carolina Nutrition Task Force established by Inez Tannenbaum,
a previous State Superintendent of Education. The group made recommendations to improve nutrition in South Carolina schools.
Chair, Public Affairs and Policy
Worked successfully to help save four university programs, resulting in three of the four being kept intact to qualify for AAFCS Accreditation.
AAFCS urges state affiliates to contact U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, and the President of the United States of America to let them know that increased federal investment in education must be a top priority.
Read "How to Write Effective E-Mail to Members of Congress" written by Marlowe & Company, a government affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC These tips apply also to writing letters to members of Congress.
Health Care Forums
AAFCS launched health initiative and conducted several health care forums with the Kettering Foundation, with more planned for the future.
Carl D. Perkins Act
AAFCS played an integral role in the re-funding of the Carl Perkins Act, and was directly responsible for ensuring that family and consumer sciences programs are a permissible use of Carl Perkins funds at both state and local levels.
AAFCS lent strong support to federal childcare legislation that supports incentives for businesses to create childcare centers for employees, and make accommodations for individuals in welfare to work situations.
The Association provided comment on the new dietary guidelines, and participated in a recent briefing sponsored by Senators Jeffords and Kennedy that discussed safe and productive activities for children when out of school. The senators were informed about the AAFCS Project Home Safe. AAFCS will continue to monitor developments in this area and provide leadership as opportunities arise.
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
AAFCS went on public record urging congressional ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Healthy People 2010
The Association contributed to the Healthy People 2010 Objectives dialogue by responding to the Healthy People 2010 Objectives: Draft for Public Comment. The Association response highlights the well-established family and consumer sciences delivery system as a vehicle for delivering nutrition and health information.