Your Mid-Year Advocacy Update

2017-07-27

School Nutrition Association Action Network

2017 has been an action-packed year for school nutrition advocacy. SNA members have really stepped up to the plate; calling and writing legislators, inviting them to school cafeterias, and breaking attendance records at the 2017 Legislative Action Conference where more than 900 school nutrition professionals lobbied on Capitol Hill! As a direct result, we’ve seen whole grains and sodium flexibility, funding for the study of program simplification, and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture soliciting school nutrition professional expertise in the shaping of school meal policies.

  • In early January, USDA released a memo announcing suspension of penalties for not meeting Target 2 sodium requirements in SY2017-18.

  • School Nutrition Association Stop Block Grants

  • SNA held a Block Grant Summit securing support of allied organizations and kicking-off a strategic coalition against the threat of a school meal block grant proposal.

  • SNA released the 2017 Position Paper in response to SNA member feedback on policy issues.

  • More than 900 SNA members attended the 46th annual Legislative Action Conference storming Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of sound school meal policy.

  • As his first public action after taking office, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation announcing continued flexibility for whole grains and sodium. The proclamation fulfilled two of the asks on the 2017 Position Paper.

  • FY 2017 Appropriations bill passed, securing $1 million in funding for the study of school meal program simplification. The bill fulfilled a third ask on the 2017 Position Paper.

  • In a Congressional Appropriations hearing Secretary Perdue publicly testifies to his confidence in the expertise of school nutrition professionals, “some of the most respected people at the school and some of the most beloved.”

  • For the first time in forty years, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture shares remarks at SNA’s 2017 Annual National Conference. He invited SNA leadership to provide “direct, specific advice on how we can make the best rules going forward possible.”

Great job SNA! Let’s keep the momentum moving forward.

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