End of Year Advocacy Update


As the year ends, now is a great time to look back at your incredible advocacy efforts of 2019. SNA members beat the drum to inform our lawmakers and encourage sound school nutrition policy. Even in a year with many competing priorities on Capitol Hill, so much was accomplished!

2019 Legislative Action Conference

Nearly 900 SNA members attended the powerful and productive 2019 LAC. General session speakers included Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (view video). Members visited the offices of all 100 senators and 435 representatives on Capitol Hill to ask for their support for the priorities in SNA’s 2019 Position Paper.

Universal Meals Research

To support SNA’s advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration, SNA’s Board of Directors approved funding for an independent research firm specializing in regulatory advocacy and economic analysis to conduct a benefit-cost study of a universal school lunch and breakfast program. Read more.

Program Simplification

  • USDA released a memo providing guidance to State agencies who elect to submit a waiver for the 3-year administrative review cycle.
  • USDA published the Final Rule providing hiring flexibility under the Professional Standards for NSLP and SBP.
  • In 2017, in response to SNA’s advocacy, Congress appropriated $1 million for USDA to commission an independent study on program simplification. On June 2, FNS published the Child Nutrition Reporting Burden Analysis Study.
  • SNA submitted the fourth in a series of comments in response to the Federal Register Notice, Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives. To view all 24 comment letters submitted to the Federal Register, view SNA’s Action Network.

Legislative Action

The 2019 appropriations bill was signed into law providing $20,000,000 in commodity support for the School Breakfast Program. Commodity support for school breakfast remains a key SNA priority and is also included in the yet-to-be-passed 2020 appropriations bill.

Two SNA members testified about the importance of Child Nutrition Programs at a Congressional hearing examining federal Child Nutrition programs held by a Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee.

U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.R. 4265, the Healthy Breakfast Help Kids Learn Act of 2019. This bill expands the School Breakfast Program (SBP) by proving additional federal support to those schools participating in the SBP.

Productive Partnerships

SNA along with our partners in the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and the School Superintendents Association (AASA) sent a letter to the leadership of key committees outlining our priorities for any CNR effort. Read the full letter.

SNA President, Gay Anderson, SNS presented at the National School Boards Association annual conference reviewing the evidence-based connection between healthy school meals and academic success. Former SNA President, Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays presented at ASBO reviewing successful utilization of common key performance indicators for school nutrition program success.

2020 Dietary Guidelines

Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays delivered SNA’s comments at the Second Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting. Dr. Domokos-Bays encouraged committee members to visit school cafeterias and explained successes and challenges facing school nutrition programs as they strive to meet nutrition requirements. Read the full comments.

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