State Agency Newsletter: First Quarter 2019

About the SAAC

temporal The SNA State Agency Advisory Council (SAAC) provides a representative voice to SNA leadership on behalf of State Agencies by providing expert knowledge on the inner workings of child nutrition programs at the state level. The Council provides State Agency perspectives regarding SNA policies and initiatives, responses to national proposed policy, as well as regulatory and legislative changes to child nutrition programs.

Meet the Current SAAC Members

SAAC Applications Open

Application-Open    SNA is currently accepting applications from State Agency Directors to represent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Northeast, Southeast, Mountain Plains and Southwest 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 Food and Nutrition Service (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

Upcoming State Agency Sessions!

LAC2019 Logo 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., February 24-26. Don’t miss timely discussions on the complexities of the supply chain, unpaid meals, indirect costs, in addition to valued updates from USDA!

State Agency Section Meeting
Sunday, February 24
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 child nutrition. Receive updates on the latest on USDA Foods, research priorities and other important topics. (State Agency only)

Unpaid Meals: How to Best Serve Students in Your Program
Sunday, February 24
9:45 am-10:45 am and 1:00 am-12:00 pm (Repeat)
Unpaid meals are one of the top school nutrition policy issues, attracting the attention of legislators and activists in states across the country. This session will provide insights from school nutrition leaders that have worked with policymakers and stakeholders at the district and state levels to enact meal charge policies that meet the needs of their programs and their students.

Direct Your Indirect Costs
Sunday, February 24
11:00 am-12:00 pm
While indirect cost is an allowable expense in the school nutrition program, the assessment of this cost varies from state-to-state and is contingent upon several factors. This session is intended to help you understand the basis for indirect cost, how and when it is assessed and the conditions under which it should not be assessed in order to maintain the financial solvency of the program.

(General Session) The Supply Chain: Challenges for Industry and Operators
Sunday, February 24
3:15 pm-4:30 pm
Over the past several years, the context for school nutrition has changed dramatically. With nutrition standards, procurement challenges and burdensome regulations facing every facet of the supply chain, the complexity of school nutrition programs is ever-changing. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss what’s ahead and potential solutions for collaborative approaches.

(General Session) Updates from USDA
Monday, February 25
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.

Contact Us

2900 S. Quincy Street, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22206
servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org  

Tel (703) 824-3000
Fax (703) 824-3015

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