Tuesday Morning - August 1, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Reimbursement Rates and Value of Donated Foods
Share Your Thoughts: Comment on Regulatory Simplification
Congressman Cartwright Introduces “Nutrition Education Act”
Congresswoman DeLauro Introduces “Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act of 2017”
Congressman Poliquin Reintroduces “Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act”
2017 Edition of Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs Released
USDA Submits FNS Information Collection Requirements to OMB

State Snapshots

SNA’s 2017 Second Quarter State Legislative Summary

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
SNF/Breakfast in the Classroom Partners Offering Alternative Breakfast Grants
USDA Champions of Breakfast Webinar

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Reimbursement Rates and Value of Donated Foods

On July 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program, and Afterschool Care Programs. Reimbursement rates for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are also available. A third notice announces the value of donated foods including the national average value of donated foods or cash in lieu of donated foods for each lunch served by schools participating in the NSLP and for each lunch and supper served by institutions participating in the CACFP.

The new rates and value of donated foods apply to School Year 2017-18 and are effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Share Your Thoughts: Comment on Regulatory Simplification

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced intentions to solicit direct and specific guidance from school nutrition professionals for the shaping of school meal policies. Now is your chance to do just that! USDA wants your opinion on how best to simplify school nutrition program regulations.

SNA encourages you to share your ideas through this simple form in response to a Federal Register notice posted June 17, 2017. The notice asks for ideas from the public on how the USDA can remove barriers to participation in programs, such as school meal programs, without interference to our customers or our mission. They are specifically asking for your ideas on regulations, guidance documents, or policy documents that are in need of streamlining, modification, or repeal.

Please submit your ideas and we’ll do the paperwork on your behalf. Your suggestions will be part of a consolidated document making recommendations to USDA on regulatory reform.

Congressman Cartwright Introduces “Nutrition Education Act”

On July 20, 2017, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced the Nutrition Education Act, or H.R. 3323. The bill would require that local school wellness policies include a requirement that students receive 50 hours of school nutrition education per school year. Though schools are required, by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, to establish a local school wellness policy that includes nutrition promotion and education, there are no specific requirements about the amount of time or type of classes that students must take. This bill establishes those missing requirements, instating a 50 hour minimum and outlining what the education should include. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Congresswoman DeLauro Introduces “Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act of 2017”

On July 21st, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) introduced the Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act of 2017 (H.R. 3337), a bill that ensures that Chinese-produced or -processed meat and chicken is banned from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). USDA allows the export of Chinese-processed poultry products into the United States and is planning to move forward with a rule that allows chickens raised and slaughtered in China to be let in as well. This bill looks to protect consumers, especially children who participate in school meal programs, from potentially eating unsafe poultry products form a country with weak food safety standards. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and you can read Congresswoman DeLauro’s press release online.

Congressman Poliquin Reintroduces “Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act”

Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-2) reintroduced his Fruit and Vegetable for Children Act, or H.R. 3402, on July 26th. The bipartisan bill allows schools to have the option to use the money from the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to purchase additional forms of fruit, such as frozen, canned, pureed, and dried. Currently, the FFVP only includes fresh fruit. According to a press release from the Congressman Poliquin’s office, the goal of the FFVP is to educate children on the foods they eat and by including these forms of fruit and vegetables the bill would help to ensure that they have a comprehensive education. This bill is a reintroduction of Poliquin’s bill, H.R. 3532, which was introduced during the 114th Congress and has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

2017 Edition of Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs Released

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 made changes to the meaning and interpretation of the term “disability” in order to make it more broad and easier for individuals to establish that they have one. USDA released in a memo its 2017 Edition of Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs, which provides addition guidance on how the broader version of the ADA can be implemented in school cafeterias nationwide. School food authorities (SFAs) should be working collaboratively with families to ensure equal access to school meal programs for children with disabilities.

USDA Submits FNS Information Collection Requirements to OMB

USDA has submitted three information collection requirements to the OMB to be reviewed and cleared under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The three information collections come from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) agency within the USDA, and are titled: Evaluation of the Direct Certification with Medicaid for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Demonstration, Evaluation of the School Meal Data Collection Process and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Comments on the submission are requested regarding (1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. More information about the information collections, as well as how to submit your comments for the OMB Review comment request, can be found in this Federal Register notice.

State Snapshots

SNA’s 2017 Second Quarter State Legislative Summary

The 2017 Second Quarter Report of SNA’s quarterly State Legislative Summary is available on SNA’s website. The report is a summary of school nutrition relevant state bills introduced between January 1 and June 17, 2017. In it are updates on States in session or adjourned, emerging trends, and status of current legislation. To date, 143 bills have been introduced – not counting annual appropriations legislation. See what’s brewing in your state!

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn what’s on the agenda for SNA’s upcoming popular professional development webinars. Successful completion of each of the following webinars and quiz is worth 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. Registration opens this fall.

Host a Legislator Site Visit
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 2:00 pm ET

“Best of ANC#17” 1 of 3: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 2:00 pm ET

Seafood: It's Time to Catch On!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:00 pm ET

SNF/Breakfast in the Classroom Partners Offering Alternative Breakfast Grants

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), along with the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, are offering grants for direct delivery, grab n’ go, and second chance breakfast. The grant is available to high-need schools and districts in Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah to cover the upfront costs often associated with the startup and implementation of breakfast in the classroom and grab n’ go programs, such as purchasing equipment, outreach efforts to parents, program promotion, and other related expenses. Grants are flexible based on need and accepted on a rolling deadline. Visit http://breakfastintheclassroom.org/grants for more information.

USDA Champions of Breakfast Webinar

The webinar will highlight the selected winners of the 2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards as well as focus on innovative school breakfast models and ways to improve meal quality.

Champions of Breakfast: Best Practices in School Breakfast Innovative Models and Meal Quality Webinar
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services’ Western Regional Office launched the Champions of Breakfast awards in early 2017 to recognize outstanding work on school breakfast by school nutrition departments and individual schools in the Western Region. The webinar will highlight the selected winners of the 2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards as well as focus on innovative school breakfast models and ways to improve meal quality.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

A Look at Agriculture Secretaries of the Past
David Houston served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Woodrow Wilson from 1913 until 1920, when he then became Secretary of the Treasury. During his tenure as USDA Secretary, there were several key agriculture laws that were passed, such as the Farm Loan Act of 1916, which aimed to increase credit to rural family farmers by creating a federal farm loan board. Prior to becoming Secretary of Agriculture, Houston served as President of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) from 1902 to 1905 and was Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis from 1908 to 1913. Houston was the 5th Secretary of Agriculture and 48th Secretary of the Treasury.

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