Tuesday Morning - January 9, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Register Now for LAC 2018!
Farm to School Resources and Economic Impacts
USDA FNS Looks Back at 2017 Natural Disasters

State Snapshots

New York’s Plan to Combat Student Hunger
Mississippi Procurement Bill and Small District Equipment Grant
Indiana Bills to Reduce Stigma and Lunch Shaming

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
National CACFP Sponsors Association National Conference
USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Register Now for LAC 2018!

Today is a great day to register for SNA’s 2018 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), which is being held March 4-6 at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington, D.C. The information- and advocacy-packed conference will get you prepared and excited to “Charge the Hill” on the last day in order to talk to your representatives about the importance of child nutrition programs! Another way to get prepared? Participate in SNA’s 2018 “Charge the Hill: Prepare for LAC” webinar, which is being hosted on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 2:00 pm ET. In this webinar, SNA’s Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair, Doug Davis, and Co-Chair, Sara Gasiorowski, will take you through the 2018 Position Paper and get you ready for what to expect at this year’s LAC! Keep checking SNA’s webinar page to see when registration for this webinar opens!

Farm to School Resources and Economic Impacts

Thinking of starting a farm to school program at your school? A report from the National Farm to School Network highlights one great reason why this is a good idea: farm to school fuels economic growth and job creation in your community! This report was a collaboration between the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University that uses a survey and case study approach to examine the economic impact of farm to school procurement. The Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools explains in detail the survey, study methods and findings of their report. There is also an Economic Impacts of Farm to School Fact Sheet, which summarizes and highlights the report findings. These tools and data can be used to build the economic case for farm to school in your district, and even offer a widely adaptable survey and analysis protocol for performing farm to school economic impact assessments!

USDA FNS Looks Back at 2017 Natural Disasters

Natural disasters have a drastic effect on the food needs of millions of Americans and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) food and nutrition programs (including school meals) are there to fill the gap. In this blog post, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps reviews the food aid provided through these programs in 2017. Schools in hardest-hit areas in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were temporarily allowed to serve 4.5 million children for free. SNA is offering a more detailed look at the immediate and long-term impact of natural disasters on a school district’s meal program at LAC 2018.

State Snapshots

New York’s Plan to Combat Student Hunger

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the 2018 State of the State Proposals revealing student hunger as a priority issue for New York in 2018. "No child should ever go hungry, and by launching the No Student Goes Hungry Program, New York will ensure hundreds of thousands of students of all ages will receive access to free and reduced-price meals," Governor Cuomo said. "This program is essential to the success of future New York leaders and this administration remains committed to removing barriers to healthy food options, while providing a supportive, effective learning environment for students across this great state."

The Governor’s No Student Goes Hungry five-point plan includes: banning lunch shaming; requiring Breakfast After the Bell in high-needs schools; and expanding the Farm the School program by increasing state funding and reimbursement rates for any district purchasing at least 30% of ingredients from local farms. The proposal also requires food pantries for young adults at all State University of New York and City University of New York campuses. Read more on the Governor’s website.

Mississippi Procurement Bill and Small District Equipment Grant

HB 159 amends current procurement law to require advertisements for competitive bids to be posted on the procurement portal website established by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration.

HB 214 creates the Small School District Equipment, Maintenance and Infrastructure Grant Fund to provide assistance to eligible school districts with 4,500 students or less. The grants are intended to offset expenses for school equipment and other improvements to infrastructure.

Indiana Bills to Reduce Stigma and Lunch Shaming

HCR 3 urges the legislative council to assign the topic of reducing overt identification of free and reduced-price lunch students through alternate charge and meal policies.

SB 314 requires any student who requests a meal to be provided a reimbursable meal regardless of their ability to pay or status of their unpaid meal charges.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

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

Register Now:
The Power of Protein!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will cover the latest in egg nutrition research, foodservice trends, success stories, and marketing materials to attract students, staff and parents to the protein power of eggs.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Registration Coming Soon:
2018 Charge the Hill: Prepare for LAC
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Attend this webinar to get insider tips from the SNA’s Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair, Doug Davis, SNS, and Co-Chair, Sara Gasiorowski, SNS. Your school nutrition policy and legislation experts will provide a run down on the 2018 Position Paper and prepare you to make the most of your time at LAC 2018.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 1: Community Eligibility Provision 101
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join this webinar to learn the nuts, bolts and many benefits community eligibility offers to students, schools and communities.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Best of #SNIC18: Simple Tech Tools from Your Nerdy Best Friend
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In today's high-tech world, apps can solve all kinds of challenges in your School Nutrition Puzzle! We've brainstormed some of the toughest tasks in your typical day for this practical webinar with tech tools you just can't miss.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Best of #SNIC18: When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 2: Making It Work With ISPs Below 60%
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join this webinar to learn how other districts have operated community eligibility with ISPs below 60% to see if you can make it work in your district.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

National CACFP Sponsors Association National Conference

The annual National CACFP Sponsors Association conference for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Afterschool Program, and Summer Food Program is open for registration. Visit www.cacfp.org to learn more and to register.

USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced its release of the fiscal year 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA). Grants are available to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to fund the costs of improving direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other needs-based assistance programs. States will have six opportunities to apply for Tier 1 or Tier 2 grants, beginning November 15, 2017, and ending February 15, 2019.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to SNA’s LAC: 54 Days!
During the First General Session of this year’s LAC, Dr. Keith Ayoob will be discussing the link between school breakfast and academic performance. School nutrition professionals are well-aware of the importance of breakfast for children; however, this session will allow you to gather the evidence supporting this notion and allow for you to effectively advocate for change! This session will be held Sunday, March 4, from 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Register now for LAC so you can listen to Dr. Ayoob’s valuable insight and information!

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