Tuesday Morning - August 22, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Touts Healthy School Meals at Back to School Time
Recordkeeping and Records Access Requirements for Food Facilities Comment Submission
Food Facilities Comment Submission USDA Team Nutrition Develops Sample Meals Posters
Join USDA’s Fruit & Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee!
Share your Story on SNA’s Action Network!

State Snapshots

All Eyes on Senate Race in Alabama

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
SNF/Breakfast in the Classroom Partners Offering Alternative Breakfast Grants
Food Research & Action Center Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

SNA Touts Healthy School Meals at Back to School Time

As students head back to school, SNA is educating parents and legislators on the benefits of nutritious school meals. Through media interviews, outreach to family bloggers, posts on SNA’s Tray Talk blog and Facebook page and a new video, SNA is illustrating how school nutrition professionals ensure students enjoy well-balanced, appealing meals in the school environment. View a recent SNA news article for a sampling of the coverage and blog posts SNA has earned. As Congress reconvenes for business after Labor Day, SNA will also share the newest video, featuring several SNA members discussing the positive impact of school nutrition professionals on the lives of students. View the downloadable version here.  

Back to school is a great time to promote your school nutrition program to parents and local media outlets. Find media and outreach guides, talking points and customizable tools at www.schoolnutrition.org/PR.  

Recordkeeping and Records Access Requirements for Food Facilities Comment Submission

Last week, SNA submitted a Federal Register Notice Comment in response to the Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Record keeping and Records Access Requirements for Food Facilities(Document No. FDA-2011-N-0016). This notice solicits comments on the information collection provisions of recordkeeping and records access requirements for food facilities. SNA requested that the requirements set forth in the proposed information collection be coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) regulations and guidance, particularly relating to the National School Lunch Program’s recordkeeping and reporting requirements. SNA continues to monitor and participate in relevant Federal Register Notices.

USDA Team Nutrition Develops Sample Meals Posters

USDA’s Team Nutrition developed a series of posters titled, “Serve Tasty and Healthy Foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).” The posters are broken down into four categories: Sample Meals for Children Ages 1-2, Sample Meals for Children Ages 3-5, Sample Meals for Children Ages 6-12 and 13-18, and Sample Meals for Adults. The illustrations of the posters are specific to that age group and offer an easy-to-understand breakdown of what CACFP meals should look like. The posters are currently available in English, with Spanish versions coming soon! As a reminder, updated USDA CACFP meal patterns must be implemented by October 1, 2017.

Join USDA’s Fruit & Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee!

USDA is seeking nominations to fill ten vacancies on the Fruit & Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The goal of the Committee is to analyze issues that impact the fruit and vegetable industry, as well as to make recommendations to the USDA Secretary. New members are appointed for a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and the nominations will also be accepted to add to a pool of candidates to fill future vacancies. If the new member is filling an existing term that was vacated, then they will only serve until the end of that term. The Call for Nominations is open from August 2 to 11:59 pm on September 1, 2017. More information, such as how to apply and what the positions entail, can be found on the USDA’s website.

Share Your Story on SNA’s Action Network!

It’s important for those on the front line of school nutrition – a.k.a. you! – to share your stories. Local stories and firsthand experiences are powerful tools that can be shared with Congress and used to help influence policy. Go to SNA’s Action Network website to share a few words on stopping the block, breakfast commodities, program simplification and other school nutrition program topics! Tell us what issues are important to you and your thoughts on SNA’s 2017 Position Paper, and you might be featured on the website!

State Snapshots

All Eyes on Senate Race in Alabama

A special election for the United States Senate in Alabama is scheduled to be held on December 12, 2017 to choose the successor for Senator Jeff Sessions and to complete the Senate term through January 2021. Senator Luther Strange, one of the Republican candidates in the race, currently occupies the seat and serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee – the Senate Committee that holds primary responsibility for drafting the Farm Bill. In a GOP runoff held August 17, Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore came out ahead. The two will face off again at the September 26th runoff.

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.

Food Research & Action Center Webinars

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) offers the Meals Matter webinar series to assist school nutrition professionals in the operation of their programs.

Debriefing Summer and Setting Goals for Next Year
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 1:00 pm ET
With summer meals wrapping up, early fall is the perfect time to debrief with partners, identify your program's strengths and weaknesses, and to create goals for next year. Join this call to learn about ways to look back and evaluate your summer program’s challenges and successes and use the knowledge to increase participation next year.

Weekend Meals, Holidays and Emergency Closures
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:00 pm ET
Serving meals during weekends and holidays ensures access to nutritious meals for the children attending your program during the week and greatly increases the number of meals you can claim for reimbursement to help maintain the financial health of your afterschool program. Join us to learn more about what it would mean for your afterschool program to extend its service into weekends and school holidays. We will also discuss how to address emergency closures, specifically with vendors, meal storage, and participant communication.

Unpaid School Meal Fees
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 3:00 pm ET
Over the summer, school districts were required by USDA to put into effect an official, unpaid meal policy that addresses what happens when a hungry student cannot pay for their school meal. What is included in the various district policies, and how have several states gotten involved? This webinar will explore the recent outcomes of USDA’s unpaid meal policy mandate and share resources for implementing an effective policy that does not harm or shame students.  


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Jeremiah McLain Rusk was the second United States Secretary of Agriculture and served under President Benjamin Harrison from March 6, 1889 to March 6, 1893. Prior to becoming USDA Secretary, Rusk represented Wisconsin in both the House and the Senate, and served as Wisconsin’s Governor for three terms. During his time as Secretary, President Harrison signed the first law requiring inspection of meat products, which was to be done through the Bureau of Animal Industry. Also during this time, there were disputes over agricultural lands that fell within the territory of the Cherokee Native Peoples. Rusk died in Viroqua, Wisconsin on November 21, 1893, the same year his term as USDA Secretary came to an end.

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