Tuesday Morning - October 2, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula
Celebrate National Farm to School Month
FNS Announces FY 2019 Farm to School Training Grants
SNA Partners with Apples4Ed

State Snapshots

SNA Third Quarter State Legislative Report Available
California Governor Signs Three School Meals Bills Into Law
Colorado School District Boasts Fresh, Locally Sourced Foods

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on State Administrative Expense Allocation Formula

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requested comment on the successes, challenges and needs for the State Administrative Expense (SAE) allocation formula. Last week, SNA submitted written comments on response to this notice, highlighting a number of issues identified in consultation with SNA’s State Agency Council. The letter noted that the funds have not increased in response to additional review requirements, such as additional monitoring tools and the more frequent three-year review cycle. It also called for flexibility in using CACFP Audit Funds, reevaluating the carryover formula, and increasing Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) funding to cover administrative expenses.

Celebrate National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools, food and local farmers! School nutrition professionals across the country use farm to school to provide nourishing meals to students and enrich the connection their communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers. Join us in celebration! Learn more about farm to school and find ways to get involved by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website at farmtoschool.org.

FNS Announces FY 2019 Farm to School Training Grants

Through the Farm to School Grant Program, USDA awards up to $5 million annually to support the creation and implementation of farm to school programs. Last week, FNS announced that it is seeking proposals for FY 2019 training grants for the purposes of developing a training curriculum, conducting trainings of trainers, and evaluating the results of farm to school trainings for producers to build their capacity to launch or expand farm to school efforts.

SNA Partners with Apples4Ed

SNA is pleased to announce it has partnered for the second year with the U.S. Apple Association (USApple) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to present five $4,000 grants to public schools with students enrolled in any grade from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Apples4Ed grant program is intended to assist schools with implementing healthy snacking initiatives in creative ways that support the needs of their unique students.

With this year’s Apples4Ed campaign, students are encouraged to think about their long-term life goals and the importance of healthy eating habits in achieving those goals. Applications will be based on their creativity, potential for impact and use of existing resources to sustain the initiative into the future. Please visit Apples4Ed.com to learn more and submit an application for your school. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from SNA, USApple and NASDA in the spring of 2019.

State Snapshots

SNA Third Quarter State Legislative Report Available

The 2018 State Legislative Summary: Third Quarter Report is now available! This report provides a summary and status update for key school nutrition legislation at the state level. In the third quarter five school nutrition bills were signed into law, and in total seven states saw movement on bills that impact school meals. You can download the report here, and find past State Legislative Summaries and other state policy tools here.

California Governor Signs Three School Meals Bills Into Law

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law three school meals bills previously covered in Tuesday Morning.

  • AB 1974 places restrictions on the collection of debt by school districts and school meals programs.
  • AB 2771 provides matching state grants (up to $100,000) to school food authorities that are awarded a federal Equipment Assistance Grant.
  • AB 3043 will allow non-profit school foodservice funds (cafeteria funds) to be used to provide “universal breakfast.”

Colorado School District Boasts Fresh, Locally Sourced Foods

An article in the Telluride Daily Planet highlights changes SNA member Shannon Williams is bringing to the Telluride School District in her new role as food service director. Williams has implemented a number of changes to the district’s menu, such as fresh Colorado beef burgers and an unlimited fruit and salad bar. She says her goal is to “make everything completely from scratch, using fresh, whole ingredients, and to eliminate as much processed food as possible,” and she hopes to implement a farm-to-school program within the next two years.

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.

Best of #ANC18: A Director's Guide to SLAY the Administrative Review!
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Does the thought of an Administrative Review (AR) frighten you? Hear from directors who have created the “Successful, Logical, Accurate, Yielding positive results” method (SLAY) to achieve a successful AR. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Best of #ANC18: Rolling the Dice with Mobile Buses
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Thinking about rolling the dice on a mobile feeding bus? As presented at #ANC18, join this webinar to learn how to design a mobile feeding bus and how to effectively integrate it throughout your program. Bring your chips and be ready to ante up so your program can go all-in with mobile feeding! Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Back to School: New SNA Resources & Tools to Benefit Your Program
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join SNA Staff to learn about all of the new SNA resources designed to help you and your program. No CEUs will be awarded for this webinar.

Mushrooms in Schools: Creating On-Trend Meals with More Flavor and Less Sodium
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Learn how large and small districts are utilizing blended commercial products as well as local mushrooms and new IQF options on breakfast menus, lunch trays and salad bars. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Trick or Treat: Unmasking Plant-Based Protein
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join this webinar and learn how to take the spookiness out of plant-based protein and make it easy and fun for kids to digest. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

Which character made his national debut on this day 68 years ago, and would go on to gross over $1 billion dollars?
On October 2, 1950, Peanuts premiered in nine newspapers. Starting as a daily comic strip featuring “Good Ol’ Charlie Brown” and his friends, Peanuts would go on to launch Emmy-winning television specials, a movie, amusement park attractions, theatrical productions and a variety of licensed merchandise and apparel.

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