Tuesday Morning - April 16, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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Federal Policy

Senate Agriculture Committee Held Hearing on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Sec. Perdue Testifies at House Appropriations Subcommittee Budget Hearing
FNS Guidance Memo Addresses IT Solutions for State Agencies
SY 2018-19 State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report Guidance Memo Available

State Snapshots

Virginia First Lady Announces Farm to School Effort
Arkansas Passes Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Senate Agriculture Committee Held Hearing on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to gather perspectives on child nutrition reauthorization priorities. The committee heard testimony from a range of witnesses, which included Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Brandon Lipps and SNA member Josh Mathiasmeier, Director of Nutritional Services for Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools.

You can watch the hearing and read witnesses’ written testimony here.

Sec. Perdue Testifies at House Appropriations Subcommittee Budget Hearing

Last week, the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Department of Agriculture’s Budget Request for the coming fiscal year. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue testified before the committee, and in his testimony he discussed the Department’s efforts to support flexibility for School Food Authorities.

You can watch the hearing and read witnesses’ written testimony here.

FNS Guidance Memo Addresses IT Solutions for State Agencies

In a memo posted last week, FNS provided guidance to support state agencies looking to enhance or build Information Technology (IT) solutions. The memo discusses how to evaluate a state’s current IT systems, factors to consider when selecting improvements, as well as available IT options. This is the first in a series of guidance documents that will provide state agencies with best practices and direction on all aspects of child nutrition IT systems.

SY 2018-19 State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report Guidance Memo Available

FNS has posted a memo providing guidance to state agencies regarding the State Agency Food Safety Inspections Report for SY 2018-19. State agencies must report the number of annual food safety inspections obtained by schools under their jurisdiction for school year 2018-2019 by November 15, 2019.

State Snapshots

Virginia First Lady Announces Farm to School Effort

Pamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia, joined the state’s Secretaries of Education and Agriculture to call for school nutrition programs to increase local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022. In 2017 alone, Virginia schools made $15.4 million in local food purchases, an increase from $7.7 million in 2014. State officials attribute the growth to the increasing popularity of farm-to-school programs.

Arkansas Passes Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act

Last week, the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, signed the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act into law. The bill broadens the scope of state-funded entities required to meet established local procurement targets.

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

The National Child Nutrition Conference, scheduled for April 22-26, 2019 in Chicago, Ill., will feature the best educational training and networking opportunities for CACFP, Afterschool Meals and Summer Food Service teams. Join the child nutrition community for three days of education featuring over 175 presenters and 150 hours of workshops.

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Check out upcoming SNA webinars in our "Best of #SNIC19" series! Missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Cutting-Edge Creativity Tools
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
In this webinar session, we’ll explore using research-based tools to hone the creative consciousness that we all possess. We focus on moving from problem-solving, to discovering new ways to delight our children, faculty/staff, and ourselves. Participants will leave with a treasure trove of ideation tools they can easily implement with their teams.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: Creative Ways to Engage Your School Community
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Everyone knows that school nutrition success hinges on integration throughout the school community. Austin ISD, our “host” school district, offers a terrific model for leveraging relationships with teachers and administrators to develop a wide variety of engagement activities. From classroom demos to student chef competitions, kids regularly get a “taste” of school nutrition far beyond the cafeteria walls.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: Procurement Woes: A Case Study
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Directors leading a brand-new school nutrition buying group share hard lessons learned in the process of issuing their first bid. Come hear what they did right, what they’ll improve next time and how the changing world of procurement continues to affect how we will all do business in the future.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

On April 16, 1972, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing arrived at the National Zoo.
Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, two giant pandas, were given to the United States as a gift from the government of China following President Richard Nixon’s trip to the country that year. During their time at the zoo, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing personally attracted millions of visitors each year.

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