SNA News Releases

USDA Revises Q and A on Certification for the NSLP

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Recently, USDA has revised the Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Questions and Answers Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program.  This revised Q and A reflect updates based on questions USDA has received and provide additional information on the requirements for the additional reimbursement of 6 cents per lunch.  Click here to review the memo in its entirety.  

USDA Releases Memo on Paid Lunch Equity

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Earlier this month, USDA released a memo addressing Paid Lunch Equity.  As part of the interim rule, “National School Lunch Program:  School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” which requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure adequate funds are provided to the school food service account.  Each year SFAs must review their paid lunch revenue to assure compliance with the paid lunch equity requirement.  For SY 2013-2014, the reimbursement rate will be increased due to inflation.  FNS will be updating the PLE tool soon to include the new reimbursement rate that is increased 4.93%.
To read the memo in its entirety, click here.  

SNA Releases 2013 Legislative Issue Paper

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On December 13, 2012, SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee convened at National Harbor to draft the 2013 Legislative Issue Paper.  The issue paper has been reviewed and approved by the SNA Board of Directors.  This important document drives SNA’s legislative agenda for 2013 and its activities with the new 113th Congress.  Among the issues brought forth are:

  • SNA supports the permanent elimination of weekly maximums on Grains and Meat/Meat Alternates served in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. 
  • SNA urges a delay in the implementation of the School Breakfast Program modifications and the flexibility to substitute Meat/Meat Alternates for Grains in the School Breakfast Program.
  • SNA asks Congress to amend Section 205 of HHFKA to apply only to those School Food Authorities that have a negative fund balance at the end of the previous school year.
  • Congress should require USDA to establish a consistent, national policy on how to address the debt incurred by unpaid meal charges.

To read the issue paper in its entirety, click here.   Further, you can review talking points addressing the issue paper here.

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