Tuesday Morning - November 10, 2015

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Current State of Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Congress Unveils 2016 Legislative Calendar 
New Child Nutrition Bill Introduced
Food Research and Action Center Obesity and Hunger Report
Invite Your Member of Congress to Your School and Enter to Win!

State Snapshots

State Legislatures Adjourned
Utah Schools Facing Challenges with Wasted Lunch Food

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars
USDA Healthier US School Challenge Webinar 
FRAC Meals Matter Series
Institute of Child Nutrition Free Training Sessions



Federal Policy

Current State of Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) activities continue to make the news as key Committees and staff continue in their discussions on various provisions of a draft bill. Just last week, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) stated that “we’re nearly at the finish line.” 

Although draft legislation has not been shared with stakeholders, including SNA, we wanted to let you know that SNA has had extensive conversations with the Chairman’s staff on SNA’s priority issues as part of this ongoing and lengthy process. In addition, SNA’s legislative team continues to meet with other key congressional players involved in this effort. SNA will keep members updated through Tuesday Morning, and on the website as soon as new information becomes available.

Congress Unveils 2016 Legislative Calendar

The U.S House and Senate have released their calendars for the 2016 legislative year showing which days they will be in session in Washington D.C. The House is set to adjourn on July 15 and will return Sept. 6th. They will also be adjourned in early November around the time of the Federal election. The Senate is running a similar summer schedule and will also allow time for members of Congress to be in their districts during the Federal election.

Click here to access the U.S. House 114th Congress, Second Session calendar.

Click here to access the U.S. Senate calendar.

New Child Nutrition Bill Introduced

A new bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, sponsored by Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR). H.R. 3886 aims to expand access to nutritious meals for young children by reducing paperwork, streamlining eligibility requirements, and promoting clearer guidelines for providers. The bill also authorizes reimbursements for a third meal in a day. 

“The Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act will help more family’s access child care providers who offer nutritious foods that are essential to children’s healthy development and long-term success. I am glad to partner with Congresswoman Stefanik to expand a program that helps provide nutrition to millions of young children every day,” said Congresswoman Bonamici.

Food Research and Action Center Obesity and Hunger Report

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has released their new issue of FRAC Focus: Obesity and Poverty. The periodical e-newsletter focuses on obesity and low-income children and adults, looking at the intersection of obesity, low income, food insecurity, the federal nutrition programs, and federal food and nutrition policy.

Click here to access the report.

Invite Your Member of Congress to Your School and Enter to Win!

As the new school year is upon us, now is the best time to invite your Member of Congress to visit your school cafeteria! You can enter to win one free trip for two to LAC 2016 and participate in SNA’s Charge to the Hill! Last year’s sweepstakes was such a success, we hope to surpass it this year with even more Members of Congress seeing firsthand the incredible work SNA members accomplish every single day. Need assistance with hosting a Cafeteria Site Visit? Please click here!

To enter, simply invite a Member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives to your school and provide proof of the invitation or visit (email, photos, video, news stories, etc.) to SNA by December 31, 2015. We will accept all invitations from July 1, 2015. Click here for more information on how to enter or here to read the sweepstakes rules. 

State Snapshots

State Legislatures Adjourned

Most State legislatures are currently adjourned but will be reconvening for the 2016 legislative year in just a few weeks. SNA will continue to monitor state legislation and provide you with the latest updates right here on Tuesday Morning.

Utah Schools Facing Challenges with Wasted Lunch Food

This articles, highlights how, like many schools around the nation, Utah is facing struggles with increased wasted school food. Linda Ward, director of nutrition services for Alpine School District estimated that half of the district’s students are discarding their fruits and vegetables.

“It appears that nearly half of the fruits and or vegetables taken go directly in the garbage,” she said. “Just for lunch it costs our department about $8,000 [each day] for each student to take a fruit or vegetable.

Click here to read the full article.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Register for SNA’s upcoming webinars to learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars!

USDA HealthierUS School Challenge Webinar

Get recognized and receive funding for your efforts by applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) initiative!

FRAC Meals Matter Series

The Food Research and Action Center provides their Summer Meals Matter, Breakfast Meals Matter and Afterschool Meals Matter series to assist you in your meal program planning. 

Summer Meals Matter

  • Summer Meals at Libraries
    Thursday, December 3 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Learn ways to engage your community's libraries around promoting and serving meals through the Summer Nutrition Programs. 

Breakfast Meals Matter

  • Principal Champions for Breakfast After the Bell in Secondary Schools 
    Thursday, November 12 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Principals will discuss what it takes to garner support, plan and launch an alternative breakfast service model and how such programs have supported student academic success in their school buildings.

  • Starting Breakfast in the Classroom Mid-Year 
    Thursday, December 10 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Join FRAC to hear from school nutrition directors across the country who successfully rolled out alternative breakfast models during the school year. Discussions will include what it takes to transition to a new delivery model mid-year and also share best practices for garnering stakeholder support, communications, and training. 

Afterschool Meals Matter

  • Marketing Your Afterschool Meal Program 
    Thursday, November 19 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Hear about effective methods and resources that state agencies, advocates and program providers use to promote the Afterschool Meal Program in their community.

  • Providing Quality Programming at Your Afterschool Meal Program
    Thursday, December 17 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Learn about quality educational programming ideas that you can offer and resources that you can access at little to no cost to support your program. 

Institute of Child Nutrition Free Training Sessions

  • Procurement in the 21st Century
    December 8-9, 2015 – Institute of Child Nutrition in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Orientation to School Nutrition Management
    January 11-15, 2016 – Institute of Child Nutrition in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Orientation to School Nutrition Management
    March 14-18, 2016 – Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg


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