Tuesday Morning - April 17, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

U.S. House Unveils Farm Bill Proposal
Buy American Bill Introduced in Senate
Speaker Ryan to Retire

State Snapshots

Iowa Unpaid Meal Debt Bill Passes
California Charter Schools: Free and Reduced-Price Meals
2018 First Quarter State Legislative Report

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Summer Meals Webinars
Food Research & Action Center Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

U.S. House Unveils Farm Bill Proposal

Last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) released the committee’s draft Farm Bill proposal, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, signaling the beginning of efforts to renew farm and food policy legislation. The farm bill, which is due for reauthorization in 2019, covers five years of funding and policy changes in matters involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The House draft includes new work requirements for able bodied adults receiving support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In addition, the bill would allow schools utilizing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to use USDA funding to purchase frozen, canned, pureed and dried fruits and vegetables.

The Committee will hold a markup of H.R. 2 on Wednesday. SNA continues to monitor progress on the bill and urge House and Senate Agriculture Committee members to push for an expansion of USDA Foods to support the School Breakfast Program as part of the bill. Stay tuned to Tuesday Morning for updates!

Buy American Bill Introduced in Senate

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced S. 2641, The American Food for American Schools Act of 2018, on April 10, 2018. The bill would require schools to request a waiver to purchase a foreign commodity or product if: the commodity or product is not produced domestically in a sufficient quantity or of a satisfactory quality; and if purchased domestically would be significantly higher in price than a foreign commodity or product; and the school food authority requesting the waiver agrees to make the waiver publicly available on the website of the school food authority. There is also a requirement to email a notification of the waiver to parents or guardians of students who will be served the foreign commodity or product purchased pursuant to the waiver. The bill has one co-sponsor, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA.)

Speaker Ryan to Retire

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will not seek re-election when his current term is up in January. Ryan said at a press conference that he will continue to serve as Speaker of the House until he retires in January. Ryan reluctantly became Speaker in 2015 after former Speaker John Boehner’s retirement. Ryan’s top priorities were cutting taxes, curbing spending and entitlement reform. At his retirement press conference, the Speaker, a proponent of block grants, mentioned that there is much more to be done to reform entitlement programs.

State Snapshots

Iowa Unpaid Meal Debt Bill Passes

HF 2467 passed the Iowa legislature on April 8th. Among other provisions, the original bill text required a school to provide a reimbursable meal to any student that requests one regardless of their ability to pay or status of an unpaid meal balance. The fiscal note estimated an increase in unpaid meal balances totaling between 8 and 15 million dollars should the bill be enacted. An amendment was adopted to remove the requirement and instead encourage schools to serve a meal to a student with an unpaid meal balance. The amendment significantly reduced the estimated fiscal impact.

California Charter Schools: Free and Reduced-Price Meals

AB 1871, requires charter schools to offer free and reduced-price meals to any “needy” student as defined by California law. The bill passed the Committee on Education and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

2018 First Quarter State Legislative Report

SNA’s 2018 First Quarter State Legislative Report takes a look at the key legislation trending across the country and provides the latest updates on their status. Every school nutrition program is different because, despite baseline federal requirements, each must navigate the state and local policies as well. Catch up on what issues might be simmering in your state, and neighboring states, in this report.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Register Now:

Best of #LAC18: Natural Disasters- Preparation and Impact
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In the wake of a natural disaster, school nutrition professionals are often first responders. Join this webinar to learn about year-round preparation efforts and direct solutions from school nutrition directors and state agency officials who have experienced the effects of recent record-breaking climate events.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Emotional Intelligence: The Leadership Edge
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In the webinar, we will focus on the mindset and skill set for enhancing your social and emotional intelligence. More specifically, we will focus on (1) increasing your self-awareness on both your cognitive and emotional assumptions around leadership; (2) increasing your ability to inspire others at an emotional level; (3) improving your ability to influence and persuade others; and (4) increasing the effectiveness of your personal development network. The sessions will help you better understand interpersonal differences and your influence or impact on others.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Helpful Tips for Training Your Multigenerational Staff
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Today’s school nutrition professionals are comprised of varying generations. It can often be challenging to find common ground when training four (and very soon five) different generations. All have different values, motivators and learning styles. We all view the world through our generational filter and as you know what works for one person may not work for another. Thinking about training for different generations, different motivators and different learning styles may make your head spin! Yet training must take place and must also be effective.

This webinar will provide insight to help you understand the differences of the varying generations, what motivates them, and how to successfully engage them in a training environment.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Registration Coming Soon:

The Department of Education Presents: Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

USDA Summer Meals Webinars

USDA is hosting a series of Summer Meals Program webinars.

What Cities Can Teach Us About Summer Meals
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Boosting Your Budget – Summer Meals Financial Planning
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Middle of Summer Strategies
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 1:00 pm EST

Food Research & Action Center Webinars

The Food Research & Action Center provides their Meals Matter Webinar Series to assist school nutrition operators in their meal programs.

Improving Afterschool Meal Quality and Reducing Waste
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
Healthy, high-quality meals help to attract children to educational and enrichment programming and keep them coming throughout the school year, while also reducing waste. Communicating with vendors, incorporating feedback from children, and farm to school initiatives are just some successful strategies. Join us to learn how afterschool programs, advocates, and community partners can improve meal quality and appeal while being conscious of ways to reduce food waste.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

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