State Agency Newsletter: First Quarter 2020

SAAC Applications Open

state agency topic 1 image  SNA is currently accepting applications from State Agency Directors to represent the USDA Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and West regions. Serving on the SAAC offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and contribute to the school nutrition profession.

Through SNA, the SAAC has additional access to USDA FNS leadership to present feedback on behalf of State Agencies. SAAC members are expected to provide communications to and solicit feedback from other State Agencies within their region, attend SNA conferences, and develop strategies to engage State Agency staff.

Read the SAAC Job Description.

Download the application. Contact Nadia Davis, SNA’s State Agency Advisory Council’s staff liaison with any questions:

Share Your Input: Proposed Rules on School and Summer Meal Flexibilities

state agency topic 1 image On Friday, January 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two proposed rules, " Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs " and " Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program. " SNA has released  summaries for both proposed rules and is collecting SNA  member feedback. SNA also released a  statement addressing key issues and clarifying misconceptions about the proposed changes to school meal patterns.  SNA members are encouraged to review the  summariesshare your input with SNA and stay tuned to for SNA’s official comments and the opportunity to have your voice heard as part of the rulemaking process.

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Upcoming State Agency Sessions!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming sessions of special interest to State Agencies at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference to be held in Washington, D.C, March 8-10. Don’t miss timely discussions on recent proposed rules, program integrity projects, and State Agency updates and resources from USDA!

State Agency Section Meeting
Sunday, March 8
9:45 am-12:00 pm

A must for State Agency directors and staff, this discussion will bring together USDA representatives to discuss what’s new in the world of school nutrition. Receive updates on the latest regarding recent proposed rules, program integrity and other important topics.
(State Agency only)

Sustainable Solutions for Implementing & Communicating Successful Meal Charge and Bad Debt Policies in Your District
Sunday March 8
9:45 am-10:45 am and 1:00 am-12:00 pm (Repeat)

Well communicated school meal charge and bad debt policies that are understood by all stakeholder groups takes shaming out of the lunchroom for kids and the food service professionals that serve them. In this panel session, sustainable solutions for communication strategies, tackling school meal debt and local control best practices for policy development will be shared by a panel of food service consultants and a State Agency expert in Michigan.

(General Session) USDA 2020 Update
Monday, March 9
8:30 am – 10:00 am

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Officials will share the latest developments in child nutrition programs and research, as well as USDA Foods and other departmental initiatives.

(General Session) Universal School Meals Report
Monday, March 9
8:30am – 12:00 pm

Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. School lunch not only ensures students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn, but it also plays an important role in supporting obesity prevention and improving children’s diets and health outcomes. Previous studies on universal meal proposals have focused on the price tag, without quantifying and comparing the long-term benefits of increased school meals participation. This session will present the findings from a recently commissioned research study on the social benefits and costs of creating a universal meal program for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

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