Tuesday Morning - September 18, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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Federal Policy

USDA Releases New and Updated School Resources

State Snapshots

Portland Public Schools, Under Pressure from Meal Debt, Face Parent Pushback
School Gardens Support Learning and Growth in the Cafeteria and the Classroom
Indiana Elementary School Partners with Local Food Bank

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SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA Releases New and Updated School Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced several new resources for Team Nutrition. These resources include: an updated Guide to Smart Snacks in School; menu planning tools; ideas for cooking activities for children; and Emergent Reader Mini Books, which are now available in Spanish. Check out young reader eBooks that are now available for download through the USDA website.

State Snapshots

Portland Public Schools, Under Pressure from Meal Debt, Face Parent Pushback

In an attempt to slow the growth of meal debt, Portland Public Schools ended a la carte milk sales at the outset of the 2018-19 school year but, after an outcry from parents, the district is reversing this decision. According to district officials, a la carte milk was contributing to a total unpaid meal debt that has risen to $200,000 after the passage of House Bill 3454, which prevents staff from discussing meal accounts with students.

School Gardens Support Learning and Growth in the Cafeteria and the Classroom

An article published in The Washington Post last week emphasized the benefits of school gardens. Jen Brewer, a registered dietitian at Folwell Elementary in Minnesota, highlighted her successes using the garden to encourage students to try and eat more vegetables. She said that the experience also teaches students important lessons about patience and nature. SNA member Stefanie Dove, a marketing and community outreach coordinator at Loudon County Public Schools in Virginia, discussed how teachers have integrated the school garden into their lessons. The article also contains helpful tips for starting a garden at your school.

Indiana Elementary School Partners with Local Food Bank

School officials at Park Elementary School in Fairmount, Indiana are partnering with a local foodbank to tackle student food insecurity. Park Elementary is part of the Madison-Grant United School Corporation, which has seen a 4% increase in students receiving free or reduced lunch and where 60% of students rely on the program. The school hopes the pantry will be operating out of the cafeteria by early next year.

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SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

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Best of #ANC18: Making it Count with Offer Versus Serve
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Need a refresher on Offer vs. Serve? Gain a better understanding of the concept and how to identify a reimbursable meal quickly and correctly.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Best of #ANC18: PLEASE Stop Working on Your Weaknesses!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
As presented at #ANC18, this leadership session webinar makes the concept of “working in your strength zone” practical and simple to both understand and implement. Learn to develop your strengths while understanding how to work in an environment where you can’t do everything perfectly.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

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.

Missed a webinar? Check out our webinars on-demand and catch up on the hottest topics in school nutrition.

Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 1793, how did George Washington start preparing for SNA’s 2019 Legislative Action Conference?
On September 18, 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building. We’ll see you there in February 2019 for SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference!

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