Tuesday Morning - October 25, 2016

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Win a FREE Trip to 2017 LAC
Campaign Corner: An Update on the Candidates and School Nutrition 
Celebrating Farm to School in October
USDA Guidance: Model Functional Requirements for State and Local IT Systems
USDA’s Let’s Talk Trash Initiative
How Schools Can Be a Part of the Solution to Reducing Food Waste
Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Year in Review

State Snapshots

States Gearing Up for 2017-18 Sessions

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars
FRAC’s Meals Matter Conference Calls
Team Up for School Nutrition Success


Federal Policy

Win a FREE Trip to 2017 LAC

SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference Sweepstakes is back! The winner will enjoy FREE registration for LAC 2017, flights, and accomodations for themselves and a guest, as well as be recognized during the Opening General Session. SNA will also reserve a VIP table for the winner and guest at the conference.

This year’s contest is all about getting creative—something we know school nutrition professionals do every day. Send us a patriotic picture of yourself in a fun costume, such as Rosie the Riveter or Uncle Sam! It is Halloween, but your entry doesn’t have to feature a costume. Send in your Federal Election-, or Veterans Day-themed photos, your USA-themed menu items, and, of course, pictures of your elected officials touring a school cafeteria are always encouraged and welcomed. We want to show the world that school nutrition professionals make a difference by speaking up and participating in our democracy.

To enter the LAC 2017 Sweepstakes, email your pictures to advocacy@schoolnutrition.org by February 15, 2017. Read more details about the LAC 2017 Sweepstakes.

Campaign Corner: An Update on the Candidates and School Nutrition

In the past week, voters received just a bit more insight into the presidential candidates’ positions on food policy and school nutrition.

During the final presidential debate held Wednesday, October 19, Hillary Clinton said, “We have made environments in schools healthier for kids, including healthier lunches.” She may have been referencing the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which was jointly founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

On the same day, surrogates for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated agriculture regulations at a Farm Foundation Forum. Kathleen Merrigan represented Hillary Clinton and Sam Clovis represented Donald Trump. Both Merrigan and Clovis agreed that Congress should protect nutrition spending (SNAP) in the next farm bill.

Celebrating Farm to School in October

There’s still time to celebrate Farm to School this month! This new fact sheet, provided by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, outlines six ways that state agencies can support community food systems. Earlier this year, USDA released final results of the 2015 Farm to School Census and now they’ve provided these small steps, suggesting ways to use the data to strengthen farm-to-school activities in your community.

Join the National Farm to School Network in a tweet chat on October 25, 12:00-1:00 pm EST, when they will host a conversation about all things farm to school. Ask your farm to school questions, hear from movement leaders, and share your favorite examples of farm to school in action!

USDA Guidance: Model Functional Requirements for State and Local IT Systems

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced the release of the first version of the “ Model Functional Requirements for State School Meal Programs Information Systems.” Functional requirements describe the function of an information technology (IT) system. State agencies are encouraged to distribute this information and resource to local school food authority program operators.

USDA’s Let’s Talk Trash Initiative

USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has developed a new infographic — Let’s Talk Trash ( 1-page infographic, 2-page infographic) — to inform American consumers about food loss and waste. CNPP is raising awareness about how individuals and families can reduce food loss and waste, in support of larger USDA efforts. This latest addition to ChooseMyPlate.gov includes consumer-friendly resources to help audiences think about the amount of food wasted at home.

How Schools Can Be a Part of the Solution to Reducing Food Waste

Check out this tool on reporting food waste! Developed by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), and in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP), aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and obtain an understanding of how this waste is managed both at the school and after it is hauled away. Visit the SNA website to learn more about how to sign up schools in your community.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Year in Review

As Congress breaks to allow lawmakers to return home for final campaign events, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) remains an unchecked box on the legislative to-do list. It’s too early to tell whether a lame-duck Congress will finish the task after the election and before the end of 2016, or whether they will leave it for the new 115th Congress to take up in January. To help SNA members and other school nutrition advocates prepare to educate new and returning members about top priorities, SNA’s legislative team has compiled the following look back at what happened, what didn’t and SNA’s ongoing role. Read the full update in SNA’s news story.

State Snapshots

States Gearing Up for 2017-18 Sessions

State legislatures are adjourned but that doesn’t mean they’re quiet. In the 2016 sessions more than 160,000 bills were introduced. That means a lot of paperwork and a lot of competition to get a bill through Committee and onto the chamber floor. In order to get a jump start and increase the chance that a bill is considered, most states allow legislators to pre-file for the upcoming session.

In addition to pre-filed bills, some states “carry-over” bills that did not make it to the chamber floor for a vote in the previous session. These bills are automatically re-introduced at the beginning of the next session. Take a look at the trends and active bills in SNA’s 2016 State Legislative Summary to get an idea of school nutrition legislation we may see carried over or pre-filed for the 2017-18 legislative session.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Celebrating National Farm to School Month with USDA
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 2:00 pm EST
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, this webinar will highlight available USDA resources and showcase how farm-to-school strategies can boost participation, reduce food waste and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Cycle 4 Breakfast in the Classroom Funding Available!
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 2:00 pm EST
Hear from the School Nutrition Foundation about funding available in Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Texas, Idaho, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina and Nebraska through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC).
Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

FRAC’s Meals Matter Conference Calls

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is hosting a series of conference calls and webinars on summer, afterschool, and breakfast meal programs.

Reducing Food Waste and Serving Kid-Friendly Meals
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 1:00 pm EST
Advocates across the country are working together in innovative ways to reduce food waste and ensure high-quality meals are being served at summer sites. From farm to summer initiatives to better vendor relations to nutrition education, learn how you can make this summer even healthier for the children in your community.

Leveraging Buying Groups to Procure Foods for School Meals
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 3:00 pm EST
Increasing buying power by joining or forming a buying group is one way to secure better price points and reduce administrative burden for the school meals program, including school breakfast. Join us to learn what a buying group is, how one is formed, and how it has helped districts to stretch dollars for their school meal programs.

Cities Operation and Expanding the Afterschool Meal Program
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 1:00 pm EST
City agencies often operate afterschool enrichment programs and sponsor afterschool meal sites, and city leaders are elevating the visibility of afterschool meals by promoting them to the community. Hear how cities have championed and expanded the Afterschool Meal Program through strong partnerships and planning.

Food Policy Councils and the Summer Nutrition Programs
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1:00 pm EST
With their understanding of food insecurity and the local nutrition landscape, Food Policy Councils are a great group to engage in summer meals advocacy and outreach. Join this call to hear about the exciting role that Food Policy Councils can play in expanding participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs.

Team Up for School Nutrition Success

Check out the upcoming times and locations for Team Up trainings. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to Jennifer Carlson at jennifer.carlson1@fns.usda.gov or at (703) 605-3203

  • Michigan
    October 27-28
  • Arizona
    November 8-9
  • Massachusetts
    November 9-10
  • Washington
    December 15-16

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