Tuesday Morning - November 14, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

2018 Position Paper Survey
Update on H.R. 3738, the “Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017”
S.B 2064 Introduced to Expand Fruit and Vegetable Program
New CBPP/SIS Resource on Program Linkages
Civil Eats Article Discusses Unpaid Meal Debt and Lunch Shaming
Rep. Robert Goodlatte Not Seeking Re-election

State Snapshots

Puerto Rico School Vending Machine Bill

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
National CACFP Sponsors Association National Conference
SNF/Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Grants & Webinar
USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants
FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

2018 Position Paper Survey

SNA wants to make sure your voice is heard. Please provide your feedback on the school nutrition program challenges you feel should be included in SNA's 2018 Position Paper. By responding, you will be entered in a drawing to receive one of two free registrations to LAC 2018! SNA members were emailed a link to complete the survey last week. The deadline to submit your input for consideration in the 2018 Position Paper is November 15, 2017. Please email advocacy@schoolnutrition.org with any questions.

Update on H.R. 3738, the “Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017”

Since the “Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017” was introduced on September 12, 2017, by Rep. James McGovern (D-MA-2), SNA has been urging other Members of Congress to support the bill. The bill provides 6 cents in commodity support for every breakfast served through the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and, thanks to the letters advocates have sent out to their representatives, the bill now has a total of 18 cosponsors!

Those cosponsors include: Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Peter Visclosky (D-IN-1), Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large), Donald Payne (D-NJ-10), Gene Green (D-TX-29), John Garamendi (D-CA-3), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Dwight Evans (D-PA-2), Gwen Moore (D-WI-4), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1), Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2), Ro Khanna (D-CA-17), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1) Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47). The more cosponsors a bill has, the more likely it is to get passed by Congress, so please continue to reach out to your Representatives and ask them for their support. If you see your Member of Congress’ name listed here, your action alert letter will go out as a letter thanking them for their support, so, regardless of your Representative’s stance, take action today!

S.B 2064 Introduced to Expand Fruit and Vegetable Program

On November 2, 2017, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced S. 2064, or the “Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act of 2017,” whose co-sponsors include Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Todd Young (R-IN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). This bill is a companion bill to H.R. 3402, which was introduced in the House by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-2) on July 26 and has 13 cosponsors. Both bills amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to include canned, dried, frozen and pureed fruits and vegetables in the fresh fruit and vegetable program. The House version was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; the Senate version was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

New CBPP/SIS Resource on Program Linkages

Have you ever wondered how various federal benefit programs are connected? Or which other benefits children who receive free or reduced-price school meals might qualify for? The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities have teamed up with Social Interest Solutions to create a two-part resource that explains the linkages between federal programs:

  • A paper that catalogues (with diagrams and links to additional resources) when data from one program must or can be used by another for 17 federal benefit programs (SNAP, school meals, WIC, Medicaid, Medicare, MSP, LIS, TANF, SSI, UI, EITC, CTC, Pell, child care, housing, LIHEAP and Lifeline).
  • Interactive illustrations of these relationships for each program.

Please contact Zoë Neuberger at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (neuberger@cbpp.org) if you have any questions or comments about these resources.

Civil Eats Article Discusses Unpaid Meal Debt and Lunch Shaming

Civil Eats, a news source on the American food system, posted an article entitled “Kids with School Lunch Debt Still Face Lunch-Shaming, Despite Outrage.” The article reflects on the way school lunch shaming is being handled across the country, in addition to the challenges surrounding large, unpaid meal balances. This year, for the first time, school districts were required to put their meal debt policies into writing by July 1. While stigmatizing children who can’t pay for their meals should certainly be avoided, unpaid lunch debts place a huge financial burden on schools. Since bad debt can’t be covered by federal meal reimbursements, schools often have to find the money some other way, even pulling from general education funds if necessary.

Rep. Robert Goodlatte Not Seeking Re-election

U.S. Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) announced on Thursday, November 9, 2017, that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Goodlatte currently serves on the U.S. House Committee of Agriculture, which oversees agriculture and nutrition programs. During the 108th and 109th Congresses, Representative Goodlatte served has Chairman of the Committee and as Vice Chair during the 112th and 113th Congress. Goodlatte’s district has long been considered a safe seat for Republicans and encompasses Roanoke, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and Staunton in Virginia.

State Snapshots

Puerto Rico School Vending Machine Bill

PC 483, a Puerto Rico bill, passed the House and was sent to Senate for approval. The bill requires that vending machines located in public schools only contain products of high nutritional value in line with federal standards.

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.

In a Crazy World… There Are Simple Solutions for Positive Communication
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
Communication with those we work with is not always easy but a necessity nonetheless. In this seemingly unhinged world we all need to be reminded that the true quality of both our work and personal lives are a direct result of our relationships. This webinar takes a focused, and sometimes humorous, look at ourselves and how we interact with others. Join us to learn and reinforce simple solutions for positive communications during your day. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

National CACFP Sponsors Association National Conference

The annual National CACFP Sponsors Association conference for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Afterschool Program, and Summer Food Program is open for registration. Visit www.cacfp.org to learn more and to register.

SNF/Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Grants & Webinar

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. These grants are 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. Watch an archived webinar highlighting a previously funded district with a great panel of stakeholder perspectives including a school nutrition director, principal, and superintendent.

USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced its release of the fiscal year 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA). Grants are available to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to fund the costs of improving direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other needs-based assistance programs. States will have six opportunities to apply for Tier 1 or Tier 2 grants, beginning November 15, 2017, and ending February 15, 2019.

FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) offers this series of trainings to assist in operations of school meal programs.

Afterschool Meals Matter: Transitioning from Snacks to Meals
Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:00 pm ET
Serving meals, instead of or in addition to snacks, is an easy transition when programs have the right tools. Join this call to learn about the many ways it pays to serve meals afterschool and tips on how to transition your program from snacks to meals.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to SNA’s LAC: 109 Days!
SNA’s 2018 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) features two keynote speakers: Peter Hart and Frank Luntz, both renowned political powerhouses. Peter Hart is a leading public policy expert with over 40 years of experience shaping federal government policy. Frank Luntz is an esteemed pollster who has conducted over 2,500 surveys, focus groups, ad tests and dial sessions in more than two dozen countries. Luntz even consulted for the NBC hit show, The West Wing! These are two political influencers you do not want to miss.

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