Tuesday Morning - October 9, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington D.C.!
FY 2019 Farm to School Grants Now Available!
SNA Submits Comments on FNS Collection of SFSP Site Information
Proposed Rule Would Reduce Reporting for For-Profit CACFP Operators
FNS Requests Comment on National Hunger Clearinghouse Database Form
FNS Request Comment on Uniform Grant Application

State Snapshots

New Jersey Introduces Third Unpaid Meals Bill
Ohio Bill Seeks to Increase Student Participation in School Breakfast
California Governor Vetoes Bill Seeking Guidance on School-Food Bank Partnerships

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SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington D.C.!

Grab your camera and a friend and record a short video demonstrating the value of your school nutrition program. Your video could win you a FREE trip for two to attend the 2019 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C.!

We encourage creativity - the options are endless! But here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask your RD or cafeteria manager to talk about how school meals are nutritionally balanced while filming the healthy options available in the cafeteria.
  • Discuss the financial needs of students in your community and how school meals ensure those children have the nutrition they need to succeed.
  • Film a principal talking about how school meals are an important part of the school day.
  • Ask a student about trying a new fruit or vegetable for the first time at school.
  • Film a student talking about what school meals mean to them.
  • Ask a teacher to discuss how your school breakfast program is keeping students more alert in class.

A panel of judges will select finalist videos to be posted to the SNA website for a vote. The SNA member who submits the video with the most votes will win travel, hotel and registration for two at 2019 LAC. Go to the SNA website to read the LAC Sweepstakes Flyer and find more details in the complete rules.

FY 2019 Farm to School Grants Now Available!

October is National Farm to School Month, and FNS has opened applications for the FY 2019 Farm to School Grant. This year, FNS is seeking to award $7.5 million in funding to increase the availability of local foods in school meals programs. Visit the FNS website for information about past awardees and resources to help you apply. Applications close December 4, 2018.

SNA Submits Comments on FNS Collection of SFSP Site Information

Last week, SNA responded to a request for comment from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) about the agency’s collection of site information for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The letter noted that the site information collection can be burdensome for state agencies that are also conducting summer reviews, providing technical assistance to site operators and addressing other operational issues related to SFSP. It also called for simplicity and uniformity in the data collection process.

Proposed Rule Would Reduce Reporting for For-Profit CACFP Operators

FNS announced a proposed rule last week that would reduce reporting requirements for for-profit centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Under the new rule, for-profit sites would be exempt from monthly verification if they demonstrate annually that over 50% of children or adults served meet certain eligibility requirements.

FNS Requests Comment on National Hunger Clearinghouse Database Form

Through the National Hunger Clearinghouse, FNS maintains a database of non-governmental organizations engaged in anti-hunger and nutrition issues. The agency is seeking comment on the collection of information necessary to maintain the database, and invites input on whether this information collection is necessary for the function of the agency; the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the information collection; and ways to minimize the burden of collection activities.

FNS Request Comment on Uniform Grant Application

The Uniform Grant Application Package for Discretionary Grant Programs is used by FNS for all of its discretionary grant programs. The agency is seeking comment on the application and has provided an updated estimate of burden hours. FNS is seeking input on whether this information collection is necessary for the function of the agency; the accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the information collection; and ways to minimize the burden of collection activities.

State Snapshots

New Jersey Introduces Third Unpaid Meals Bill

State Senator Teresa Ruiz introduced S2979, the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act, a bill aimed at preventing the stigmatization of students who cannot afford or owe money for school meals. The bill would prohibit schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal, requiring such a student to do chores or discard a meal that had been served to them. It also requires schools to provide families with information about and assistance with free and reduced-price meal applications, as well as to direct communications about meal debt to parents or guardians.

Companion bills A4360 and S2886, which also address unpaid meals, were introduced earlier this year.

Ohio Bill Seeks to Increase Student Participation in School Breakfast

A bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives seeks to increase the number of students participating in school breakfast programs, particularly in schools where a significant percentage are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. HB 734 requires schools meeting certain criteria to work to increase their participation rates for school breakfast, as well as to submit plans for improvement to the Department of Education if they fall short.

California Governor Vetoes Bill Seeking Guidance on School-Food Bank Partnerships

Governor Jerry Brown of California vetoed Assembly Bill 2360, a bill that would have required the State Department of Education and Department of Food and Agriculture to develop and promote best practices for school districts to create partnerships with food banks that increase access to fresh produce and healthy foods for students.

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: 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.

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.

New SNA Resources & Tools to Benefit Your Program
Thursday, November 8, 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.


Mystery Chat Corner

Can you “Imagine” being born on this day seventy-eight years ago?
John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. Born in Liverpool, John Lennon was an English singer and songwriter and cofounder of The Beatles. After the band’s breakup in 1970, Lennon achieved success as solo performer with songs like “Imagine,” “Power to the People” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and had 25 number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

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