Tuesday Morning - June 20, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Leadership Meets with American Farm Bureau Federation
Perdue Testifies Before Senate Appropriations
USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards
FRAC Report Measures Success of the Summer Nutrition Programs
FDA Proposed Recordkeeping and Records Access Requirements
USDA’s CACFP Offers New Meal Pattern Training Tools in English and Spanish 

State Snapshots

SY2016-17 State Meal Mandates and Reimbursements
New York Food Donation

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinar
FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

SNA Leadership Meets with American Farm Bureau Federation

SNA Leadership Meets with American Farm Bureau Federation

SNA President Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, SNA CEO Patti Montague, Director of Wayne Township Child Nutrition Services, Sara Gasiorowski, and SNA SVP of Government Affairs & Media Relations, Cathy Schuchart, met with President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, and their Executive Director of Public Policy, Dale Moore. School nutrition professionals and farmers have complimentary roles in ensuring our nation’s children are fed and ready to learn! Those in attendance discussed the 2018 Farm Bill and Congressional budget, exploring prospects of the SNA 2017 Position Paper .

Perdue Testifies Before Senate Appropriations

On Tuesday, June 13, Secretary Perdue testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies hearing to review the FY2018 USDA Budget Request. Perdue defended the Trump Administration’s budget for the most part, but acknowledged that there are areas that would benefit from the appropriators’ guidance. Topics at the hearing included potential cuts to crop insurance, research and development, family housing and international food aid programs, as well as rural broadband access and food safety. Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) praised Secretary Perdue on his decision to freeze some of the rules on school meal standards, to which Perdue responded that he trusts school meal professionals and wants to use a large group of them “to guide us on school nutrition.” View Perdue’s written testimony from the hearing.

USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards

In an effort to increase the amount of local foods served in schools, USDA has awarded a total of $5 million in grants to schools, state agencies, tribal groups and nonprofit organizations. Farm-to-school projects offer many great benefits, such as higher school meal participation, reduced food waste and a stimulation of the local economy. The grants awarded range from $14,500 to $100,000 and the projects, which focus on farm to school planning, implementation, and training, are in urban, suburban and rural areas in 42 states and Puerto Rico. The money will help to develop partnerships, create new menu items, establish supply chains, buy new equipment and plant school gardens, among other things. The grants are estimated to support more than 5,500 schools and 2 million children. More information about individual projects can be found on the USDA website, as well as in USDA’s press release about the grants.

FRAC Report Measures Success of the Summer Nutrition Programs

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released a news article about its annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report last week. The report measured the success of the Summer Nutrition Programs at the state and local level, by evaluating the absolute numbers as well as by comparing the number of children receiving summer meals to the number receiving school lunch during the regular school year. In 2016 only 1 in 7 children, or 15 to 100, received the summer nutrition they needed. FRAC’s goal is for that number to be 40 children out of every 100, or to serve an additional 5.1 million children every summer. Though overall 4.8 percent fewer children participated in summer meal programs in 2016 than in the year before, 22 states did see an increase. Summer meals are provided at local sites such as schools, YMCAs, churches and parks, and help fill the hunger gap when children aren’t in school participating in the school meal programs.

FDA Proposed Recordkeeping and Records Access Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information. The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) has added section 414 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), which requires that persons who manufacture, process, pack, hold, receive, distribute, transport, or import food in the United States establish and maintain records identifying the immediate previous sources and immediate subsequent recipients of food. Comments on the collection of information are due by August 14, 2017, and the Federal Register notice outlines the various ways to submit them, as well as what the submissions should look like.

USDA’s CACFP Offers New Meal Pattern Training Tools in English and Spanish

USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has new training tools to help implement the new meal pattern requirements which take effect on October 1, 2017. The new tools include an infographic called Growing a Healthier Future With the CACFP, and training worksheets about yogurt, breakfast cereals and serving milk. The tools are intended to train providers, operators, menu planners, and others involved in CACFP meal patterns, and are available in both English and Spanish. For more information view the USDA’s CACFP Meal Pattern Training Tools Website.

State Snapshots

SY2016-17 State Meal Mandates and Reimbursements

SNA has updated its State Meal Mandates and Reimbursement Rates Summary annual report for School Year 2016-17, which is a comprehensive summary of each state’s mandates and financial support accompanied with a comprehensive reference table.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are federally funded by USDA. Each year, the USDA sets rates to cover the cost of free and reduced meals, as well as partial support for paid meals. Many states provide additional reimbursement which can range from per meal reimbursements, to salary support, to general funds which assist with program operations. It is up to each state if participation in these programs is optional or mandated, and there is variability among states. SNA government affairs staff collected the updated information from state agencies across the country.

New York Food Donation

SB 5664, passed the New York Senate and has been referred to the Committee of Education in the Assembly. The bill directs the commissioner of agriculture and markets to develop guidelines to encourage school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess, unused, edible food from meals served at schools. The food is to be donated to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community and not-for-profit organizations that distribute food to those in need.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinar

Join SNA this afternoon to get the inside scoop on everything you need to know about ANC 2017—from exploring the mobile app to building your own agenda.

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.

FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) provides its Meals Matter webinar series to assist in the operation and expansion of school meal programs.

Developing Menus and Serving High-Quality Meals
Thursday, July 6, 2017, 1:00 pm ET
Menus that include variety and healthy food while addressing cultural preferences are important to incorporate into your summer program. Other considerations that come into play as you design your menus are how to budget for the best quality meal and what to do about curbing waste. Hear from program providers on what they do to develop their summer menus, how they’ve improved quality, and how to get feedback from the children being served at sites.

Engaging Educators in Breakfast After the Bell
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 3:00 pm ET
Educators are key to implementing successful breakfast after the bell programs. Join this webinar to learn how you can engage teachers, principals, and administrators to create effective and sustainable programs, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go,” and second chance. Resources will also be shared to help ensure your school’s transition to a breakfast after the bell program is smooth and successful.

Innovative Afterschool Partnerships
Thursday July 20, 2017, 1:00 pm ET
School is around the corner and it is an excellent time to reach out to potential partners who can assist you in building a stronger Afterschool Meal Program. Libraries are moving from serving summer meals to also participating in the Afterschool Meal Program. Mayors are running city-wide efforts to increase participation in Afterschool Meals and there are opportunities to partner with groups that are offering innovative afterschool programming. Join this call to learn more about the innovative partnerships that are happening across the country.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to ANC: 19 Days!
Oftentimes at ANC, important organization decisions or changes are made by the representative body of SNA known as the Delegate Assembly (or the House of Delegates as it used to be called). At ANC 2000 in St. Louis, the House of Delegates had voted to change the bylaw that outlined the election process and changed the selection of the Nominating Committee. The new procedures allowed for the membership to vote for representatives from each region with the president-elect appointing an ASFSA (SNA) past-president to serve as non-voting chair. At this year’s ANC the Delegate Assembly is being held on Saturday, July 8, from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. At this meeting the Assembly meets to approve bylaw changes every other year. Since this year is an off-year, the Assembly will meet to discuss mega issues! ANC 2017 is fast approaching, so register today to ensure your spot in Atlanta!

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