Tuesday Morning - October 17, 2017

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA and ACDA Support Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act
Submit Your Comment on Program Simplification!
SNA President Lynn Harvey Writes Blog Post on Locally Grown Food and School Lunch
Censky and McKinney Sworn in at USDA
USDA Blog on Students Helping to Shape School Lunch
President’s Proclamation Celebrating National School Lunch Week

State Snapshots

SNA’s Third Quarter State Legislative Report

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
Webinar: SNF/Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Grants Available
Webinar Series: CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays
National Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) Grants
USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

SNA and ACDA Support Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act

SNA and the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) teamed up to send a letter of joint support for H.R. 3738, or the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017. The bill was introduced by Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) and provides an additional 6 cents in commodity support for the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Commodity support for breakfast was one of the goals on SNA’s 2017 Position Paper, and was a top priority for the ACDA as well. It’s important to garner support for the bill in Congress, so we urge you to contact your congressional representatives and ask them to join Congressmen McGovern and Davis as cosponsors of H.R. 3738, or thank them if they already are a cosponsor! Go to SNA’s Action Network website and type in your zip code to send a letter to your representatives today!

Submit Your Comment on Program Simplification!

SNA is collecting your ideas on how to simplify school nutrition program regulations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in a Federal Register notice posted on June 17, 2017, asked how they can remove barriers to participation in programs, and are specifically asking for your ideas on regulations, guidance documents, or policy documents that are in need of streamlining, modification, or repeal. Visit this page to submit your ideas.

SNA President Lynn Harvey Writes Blog Post on Locally Grown Food and School Lunch

As part of Farm to School Month, Dr. Lynn Harvey, SNA President and Chief of School Nutrition Services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, was featured on the National Farm to School Network’s website. Her guest blog post, Locally Grown Food: A Key Ingredient in School Lunch Recipes , highlights schools and districts that use creative and effective strategies to connect students with more fresh, local foods. The post goes on to discuss National School Lunch Week (NSLW, which took place Oct. 9-13), how SNA members utilize local foods into dishes, and SNA’s recently released 2017 Trends Report . As Dr. Harvey said, SNA hopes schools and their partners will continue to share the good news about all the creative, positive farm to school efforts in their communities!

Censky and McKinney Sworn in at USDA

After being approved by the Senate, as reported last week, Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney were officially sworn into their positions at USDA on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Stephen Censky, who served as CEO of the American Soybean Association, became deputy secretary of agriculture, and Stephen McKinney, former director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, became undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

USDA Blog on Students Helping to Shape School Lunch

A recent blog post on USDA’s Food and Nutrition website highlights some of the great ways students across the country are playing a part in their school meal programs. Team Nutrition Training Grant funds have allowed many states to include kids in menu planning, taste tests, cafeteria makeovers and more. For example, in Montana, student advisory councils help add preferred items to salad bars and add attractive signage to engage their peers. In Iowa, students and staff work together to make fruits and vegetables more appealing in the lunch line. These are just some examples of how students and staff can work together and learn from each other to make school meals an even better experience for all.

President’s Proclamation Celebrating National School Lunch Week

Last week, schools across the country celebrated school lunch with healthy recipes and fun decorations. President Trump joined in the celebration with a proclamation in which he recognized the benefits that school lunch programs offer our communities and our nation’s future. Also in the proclamation: “During National School Lunch Week, we recognize the food service professionals, school administrators, community members, parents, and all those who dedicate themselves to the health of our schoolchildren.”

State Snapshots

SNA’s Third Quarter State Legislative Report

The 2017 Third Quarter State Legislative Report is now available. Keeping tabs on local legislation provides a lens into the hot issues in your area and is a great way to catch a glimpse of what may show up at the federal level. Five bills were passed into law since SNA’s second quarter report, and top trends include local procurement, liability protections for the donation of excess food and unpaid meal policies.

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.

Ask the Expert: Food Allergies Edition
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
Register for this webinar and join JJ Levenstein, MD, and Jessica Gerdes, RN, for an informative Q&A session on food allergies. Questions submitted to SNA’s Food Allergy Resource Center will be answered. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Excite and Inspire Students with Fruit
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2:00 pm ET
Register for this webinar to learn more about produce and fruit trends on school foodservice menus. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Webinar: SNF/Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Grants Available

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.

Webinar Series: CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays

Join USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative for its webinar series, CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays, which will take place on the third Thursday of each month and will be offered in both English and Spanish. On October 19 (English: 2:00 pm ET/Spanish: 3:00 pm ET), the first interactive webinar of the series, entitled “ Choose Breakfast Cereals That Are Lower in Added Sugars,” will provide information on the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns. The webinar will provide opportunities for the audience to practice looking at different cereals to see if they meet pattern requirements. The audience will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the webinar presenters.

National Dairy Council Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) Grants

The November 1st grant application deadline is fast approaching for qualified K‐12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60). Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils and other supporting organizations, this funding program provides money—up to $4,000 per year, per school—to jumpstart healthy changes, including breakfast for everyone. Visit the FUTP 60 website for more information and to apply.

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.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

A Look at Agriculture Secretaries of the Past
The 8th United States Secretary of Agriculture was Howard Mason Gore under President Calvin Coolidge. Gore was born and raised in West Virginia, where he eventually became a successful banker and hotel owner. Though he was a businessman, he was mostly interested in farming and education, so he went on to become the assistant food administrator for West Virginia during World War I, and also was a member of the State Board of Education while serving as United States Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. He became Secretary of Agriculture in 1924, but resigned in 1925 to become Governor of West Virginia.

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