Tuesday Morning - August 15, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Senator Blumenthal and Congresswoman Pingree Introduce Food Recovery Act of 2017
Twenty-First Release of the Child Nutrition Database by USDA
SNA Submits Comments on Federal Register Notices
US Secretary Perdue Recognizes Farmers Markets

State Snapshots

Oregon Governor Signs Unpaid Meals Bill
New Jersey Expands Food Donation Liability Protections
Maine Considers Reduced-Price Category Elimination

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
SNF/Breakfast in the Classroom Partners Offering Alternative Breakfast Grants

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Senator Blumenthal and Congresswoman Pingree Introduce Food Recovery Act of 2017

On July 31, 2017, Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced S. 1680, otherwise known as the Food Recovery Act of 2017. The goal of the bicameral legislation is to reduce food waste in stores and restaurants, schools and institutions, on farms, and in American homes, since 40 percent of food produced domestically goes uneaten every year. To reduce food waste in schools, the bill would encourage cafeterias to purchase lower-price “ugly” fruits and vegetables, and would extend grant programs that educate students about food waste and recovery. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Twenty-first Release of the Child Nutrition Database by USDA

In a memo from July 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its twenty-first Child Nutrition Database (CN21), which is available on the Healthy Meals Resource System website for companies who develop software approved by the USDA for nutrient analyses. New in this release are fields for vitamin D and potassium, 379 new food products from the food industry, and nutrient data for 122 new USDA standardized recipes. Companies with USDA-approved nutrient analysis software are required to incorporate CN21 by August 21, 2017.

SNA Submits Comments on Federal Register Notices

SNA is constantly monitoring Federal Register Notices looking for opportunities to have input on sound school nutrition policy. Recently, there have been several notices to which SNA submitted comments. The first submission was regarding the Access, Participation, Eligibility and Certification (APEC) III Study that USDA plans to conduct on the NSLP. SNA resubmitted a 2016 letter that offered recommendations about the study. Another submission was on the Study of School Food Authority (SFA) Procurement Practices. SNA’s comments urged USDA to make recommendations that are consistent and applicable to all schools, have an appropriate sample size, and provide a comprehensive assessment of available resources, challenges and barriers. The third comment submission dealt with Assessing the Child Nutrition State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula. SNA supports ensuring that the formula remains effective, so long as it does not do harm to any state’s funding. SNA also recommends that any funding formula alternative consider the current regulatory demands on state agencies, cover all on-going expenses of the child nutrition programs it supports, and fund new ongoing initiatives and special projects and programs. Visit the provided links to read the full letters and details of SNA’s Federal Register Notice comments!

US Secretary Perdue Recognizes Farmers Markets

During National Farmers Market Week (August 6-12), USDA Secretary Perdue signed a proclamation highlighting the benefits that famers markets have on local economies, such as contributing $9 billion to the economy and supporting rural communities nationwide. Farmers markets are also a great opportunity to teach children where food comes from, and introduce them to new fruits and vegetables. Farmers Markets are increasingly used as summer feeding sites! In honor of the week, USDA has downloadable graphics to use in marketing materials and also a series of Farmers Market Success Stories!

State Snapshots

Oregon Governor Signs Unpaid Meals Bill

HB 3454, which passed the Oregon legislature in late July, was signed by the Governor on August 8th. The bill requires schools to provide any student that requests a meal with a USDA reimbursable meal, regardless of whether the student has the funds to pay for the meal or carries an unpaid balance. The Act takes effect immediately.

New Jersey Expands Food Donation Liability Protections

AB 3056 requires the New Jersey Department of Education to establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste. Liability protections are extended to schools donating foods. The bill was signed into law on August 7th and takes effect immediately.

Maine Considers Reduced-Price Category Elimination

The Maine legislature carried over LD 816, the Act to Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children. The bill was introduced in Maine’s first regular session which adjourned August 2nd and has been marked for carry over into any special session for continued consideration. LD 816 would allow students eligible for the reduced-price category to receive a meal at no cost. The state is directed to provide funding to schools to cover the revenue lost.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Registration is open for the September 6th webinar, “Host A Legislator Site Visit.” Read all about it and other upcoming professional development webinars.

Host a Legislator Site Visit
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
REGISTRATION OPEN! Bringing your legislator in for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operation of your school cafeteria could make the difference in preventing block grants, preserving funding and expanding commodity support. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

“Best of ANC#17” 1 of 3: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
Registration opens soon, stay tuned to the SNA website. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Seafood: It's Time to Catch On!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
Registration opens soon, stay tuned to the SNA website. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

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.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

A Look at Agriculture Secretaries of the Past
Ezra Taft Benson served as United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1953- 1961 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Benson grew up in Idaho where he eventually took over the family farm after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree from Iowa State University. During his time as USDA Secretary, Benson was opposed to the system of government price supports and aid to farmers, even though he was entrusted by Eisenhower to administer the program, because he equated it to socialism. Despite this, he served as Secretary for both of Eisenhower’s terms and went on to become the 13th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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