Tuesday Morning - June 13, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Memo on Assessing the Child Nutrition State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula
Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2017-18 Calculations and Revised Tool
Study Finds Going Online Improves Accuracy in Free or Reduced-Price Applications 

State Snapshots

New Jersey Unpaid Meals and Smarter Lunch Room
Illinois Food Allergen Certification
Maine Breakfast After the Bell and Online Application
Nevada School Gardens Receive Funding

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Memo on Assessing the Child Nutrition State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) sent out a notice inviting the public to comment on a new information collection regarding the State Administrative Expense (SAE) allocations. The collection is intended to assess the effectiveness of the current SAE allocation formula for child nutrition programs, to identify and examine factors that influence state spending, and develop and test a range of possible alternatives to improve the SAE allocation formula. Written comments must be received by August 6, 2017 and can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2017-18 Calculations and Revised Tool

USDA released a memo regarding the Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) tool, which had some slight changes. School Food Authorities (SFAs) that participate in the NSLP are required to ensure that sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. The PLE tool can be used to help SFAs make the required calculations and to ensure make sure they are in compliance with the requirements for SY 2017-18. Program operators reported a few errors with the SY 2016-17 PLE tool, so a corrected version has been made available. The details of the corrections can be found in the memo.

Study Finds Going Online Improves Accuracy in Free or Reduced-Price Applications

The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCNM) conducted a survey titled “Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application and Income Verification Practices in School Nutrition Programs in the United States.” The study sought to explore the activities and personnel involved in Free and Reduced-Price (F-RP) meal application and verification procedures in school nutrition programs. The study showed that in programs where online applications were accepted, the sequential processes were simplified as parents entered information directly rather than going through a variety of staff. It also showed that online applications are easier to accept all year, as opposed to the enrollment periods that paper applications go through. Read SNA’s full recap of the study.

State Snapshots

New Jersey Unpaid Meals and Smarter Lunch Room

Joining states around the country in efforts to address the July 1 unpaid meal charge policy deadline, A4904 was introduced into the New Jersey assembly. Among other provisions, the bill prohibits schools from denying a student with an unpaid meal balance a school meal. The bill also prohibits public identification of the student.

Assembly Bill 3444 has passed the House. The Smarter Lunchroom Act encourages schools to adopt the Smarter Lunchroom strategies by requiring the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to assist schools in establishing the program.

Illinois Food Allergen Certification

HB 2510 has passed both the House and Senate. The bill amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act to require all foodservice establishments to have at least one certified foodservice sanitation manager available on the premise at all times. The certified manager must follow nationally recognized industry standards for allergen safety and allergen awareness.

Maine Breakfast After the Bell and Online Application

Maine legislation promoting breakfast after the bell has passed both the House and Senate. SB 809 requires a school with at least 50% free or reduced eligibility to operate an alternative breakfast service in which breakfast is served after the start of the school day. A process to opt out of this requirement is also established.

SB 1113 also passed both chambers. The bill requires the Maine Department of Education to develop and make available an online application for free and reduced eligible students.

Nevada School Gardens Receive Funding

Nevada bill SB 167 appropriates funds for the creation and maintenance of school gardens. $410,000 is appropriated for FY 2017-18 and $205,000 is appropriated for FY 2018-19. The bill was approved by the Nevada governor on June 8th. .

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

2017 ANC Mobile App and More Webinar
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 2:00 pm EST
If you are attending SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta, you don’t want to miss this webinar. Get the inside scoop on everything you need to know about ANC from exploring the mobile app to building your own agenda to having a unique conference experience. Tune in to find out why ANC is the School Nutrition Event of the Year! No CEUS will be awarded for this webinar.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to ANC: 26 Days!
Over the years ANC has been held in some great places and featured some great keynote speakers. Here’s a quick recap with some highlights: 1994 in St. Louis featuring Henry Winkler, an actor known best for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in Happy Days. 1995 in Anaheim featuring Florence Henderson, otherwise known as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. 1998 in New Orleans featuring television personality, weatherman, actor, and author Al Roker. 2005 in Baltimore featuring Orioles baseball player, Cal Ripken. How many of these ANC’s have you attended? This year’s entertainment for ANC Atlanta features a concert by the Barenaked Ladies, and keynote speakers Mark and Scott Kelly, highly decorated NASA Astronauts, and Alex Sheen, a nationally respected thought leader. More information about our featured speakers can be found at www.schoolnutrition.org/anc.

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