Tuesday Morning - April 13, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

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COVID-19 Policy Updates

FNS Publishes New State Guidance on COVID P-EBT
Burbio Publishes Updates to School Opening Tracker

Federal Policy

Team Nutrition Extends Deadline for Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development

State Snapshots

California Introduces Free School Meals for All Act of 2021
Massachusetts Drafts Bill to Establish Farm to School Grant Program
Nevada Presents Bill Requiring Reports on Summer School Meal Participation
Oregon Amends Education Mandate to Expand School Lunch Revolving Fund
Texas Establishes Employment Requirement for School Food Service Workers

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars
Louisiana Fit Kids
Congressional Management Foundation

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

FNS Publishes New State Guidance on COVID P-EBT

On April 6, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published updated state guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). P-EBT provides eligible school children with temporary emergency nutrition benefits for purchasing food. This guidance includes Questions and Answers (Q&A) and P-EBT Guidance for Schools and Child Care facilities.

Burbio Publishes Updates to School Opening Tracker

On April 9, Burbio published an update to its "K-12 School Opening" Tracker that displays the national percentage of K-12 students currently attending school in a traditional, virtual or hybrid setting. Burbio actively monitors 1,200 districts, including the 200 largest school districts in the country. Information for the data set is now updated every 72 hours with the latest plans from school districts. Averages are weighted to reflect student populations and distributed nationally in such a way to represent local decision-making across the country.

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Since last March, the school nutrition team at Utica Community Schools in Michigan has hit the milestone of 1.8 million school meals served to students since school closures.

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Federal Policy

Team Nutrition Extends Deadline for Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline to apply for a Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development. Through these grants, states can develop nutritious and tasty recipes that incorporate local agricultural products and appeal to students’ taste preferences. State agencies that administer School Meal Programs have until April 19, 2021, to apply.

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State Snapshots

California Introduces Free School Meals for All Act of 2021

SB 364 creates the California Universal School Meal Program to allow free breakfast and lunches to continue to be available to all children beyond the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Massachusetts Drafts Bill to Establish Farm to School Grant Program

HD 2698 establishes a Farm to School Grant Program to promote healthy eating to students and strengthen Massachusetts's agricultural economy.

Nevada Presents Bill Requiring Reports on Summer School Meal Participation

SB 173 requires any school district's board of trustees or governing body to provide school breakfast and lunch to all students attending summer school and record the number of students participating in the meal program.

Oregon Amends Education Mandate to Expand School Lunch Revolving Fund

SB 5513 amends a mandate under Oregon's Department of Education to establish that funds for the School Lunch Revolving Account and Common School Fund are now unlimited.

Texas Establishes Employment Requirement for School Food Service Workers

HB 3454 states that any person formerly convicted of a nonviolent, nonsexual offense is eligible for employment in a public school as a food service worker.

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Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

LEAD to Succeed™: Facilitating “LEARN to Master Difficult Conversations” Training Your Staff
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
In this session, Sandra Ford, SNS, will take participants on a “guided tour” of the new Facilitator Guide that accompanies the first module of the LEAD to Succeed™ training program for school nutrition professionals. The Facilitator Guide for “LEARN to Master Difficult Conversations” will help you explain the critical nature of communication skills, provide training to help staff develop skills to engage in difficult conversations, and improve productive discussions in the workplace. You will also hear from directors who have taken Module 1 training and hear insight on how you can bring these materials back to your staff.

Louisiana Fit Kids

Understanding Childhood Obesity Webinar Series – Part 1 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:30 PM CST
"Understanding Childhood Obesity Webinar Series," hosted by Louisiana Fit Kids, a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Education and Pennington Biomedical Research Center. This live event will feature Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk and Dr. Candace Myers with Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Dr. Leah Robinson from the University of Michigan. This series will provide information on current childhood obesity trends and statistics, the relationship between obesity and food insecurity, and the impact of physical activity in preschool and school-age children. Registration is open to school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, child nutrition program staff and other stakeholders.

Congressional Management Foundation

Grassroots’ Return on Investment: Advocacy is an Asset for Your Network
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
Why do so many nonprofits, associations and companies have headquarters in Washington, D.C., or a Washington office? (Hint: this is not a trick question.) These groups understand the decisions taking place in Washington, D.C., significantly impact members, agencies, employees and operations. This webinar will unpack results from the Congressional Management Foundation's survey of national advocacy groups and the government relations professionals who represent them. It will also examine advocacy strategies that groups primarily invest in, why, and how much those strategies influence congressional decisions. The program also presents research on how advocacy adds value to an organization's legislative agenda and the financial bottom line of the group and its network.

Mystery Chat Corner

On April 13, 1994, Asteroid 7373 was discovered and named after which famous Star Trek actor?

A: George Takei

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