Tuesday Morning - August 8, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Rep. Hartzler Introduces “School Lunch Affordability Act”
Provision in S. 860 Addresses School Lunches for Incarcerated Juveniles
Check Out SNA’s Action Network for all CN-Related Bills
Program Simplification: Share Your Thoughts
No Kid Hungry Report on Hunger in Schools
Team Nutrition’s Nutrition Education Training Tools

State Snapshots

Oregon Governor Signs Farm to School Funding Bill

Mark Your Calendars

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

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Rep. Hartzler Introduces “School Lunch Affordability Act”

The School Lunch Affordability Act was introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-4) on July 25th, 2017. The bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act by repealing the paid lunch equity requirements. Paid lunch equity requires schools to charge students for paid meals at a price that is, on average, equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and paid meal reimbursement. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Provision in S. 860 Addresses School Lunches for Incarcerated Juveniles

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017, which was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on April 5, 2017, was passed by the Senate last week. The bill contains a provision that allows school food authorities (SFAs) to apply for reimbursement for free and reduced price school lunches for incarcerated students. The guidelines shall be provided by the Attorney General in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture. The House was notified of its passing in the Senate.

Check Out SNA’s Action Network for all CN-Related Bills

Did you know SNA provides a spreadsheet and list of all child nutrition-related bills introduced in the 115th Congress on our Action Network website? The Action Network is a great way to stay on top of what is going on in the federal policy world regarding child nutrition and school meal programs, as it is packed with articles, videos, and other useful information. You can also sign up to get “Action Alerts,” which will notify you when your help is needed to protect the programs!

Program Simplification: Share Your Thoughts

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.

No Kid Hungry Report on Hunger in Schools

The No Kid Hungry Campaign, which is run by Share Our Strength, surveyed parents, students, and teachers then published a report on Hunger in Schools. The statistics showed that kids are not getting enough to eat, the stress of not having enough to eat is real and constant, and that children understand the toll that hunger can take on their lives. One in six kids in America is facing hunger and 64% of low-income parents fear not being able to feed their children if an unexpected expense were to arise, like a medical bill or car repair. The report goes on to highlight the importance of school meals and other federal nutrition programs, with statistics like 77% of kids say school meals help them feel better and 71% say school meals help their grades.

Team Nutrition’s Nutrition Education Training Tools

Team Nutrition, an initiative of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service agency, has several great training tools for teachers regarding nutrition education. As the new 2017-18 school year quickly approaches, these tools help to integrate nutrition education into the classroom and are useful for teachers, parents, and students. Resources include Discover MyPlate: Curriculum Training for Teachers, which helps prepare educators to teach nutrition concepts with kindergarteners, Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum, which is a kit that offers a teacher’s guide with three lessons for different grade levels, and MyPlate Infographics for both lunch and breakfast. Even more training materials are available on the Team Nutrition website.

State Snapshots

Oregon Governor Signs Farm to School Funding Bill

Oregon House Bill 2038 expands funding for the statewide Farm to School and School Garden grant program from the current $4.5 million to $5.6 million. The bill provides funding for Oregon schools to purchase Oregon-grown and processed products and to provide food, agriculture, and garden-based educational activities. Oregon Governor Katherine Brown signed the bill into law on August 2, 2017.

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.

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

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.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

A Look at Agriculture Secretaries of the Past
James Wilson served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1897 to 1913, making him the record holder of the longest-serving United States Cabinet member. During his time, he served under three presidents, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, all three of whom were Republicans. Wilson’s time in office is noted as a period of modernization with improved food inspection methods as well as roads across the country.

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