Tuesday Morning - April 2, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on SSAE Grants Survey
USDA Trade Mitigation Programs Purchase Over $500 Million in Food Products
SNA: Helping Win Over the Public on School Meals

State Snapshots

Texas Bill Would Require School Districts to Meet a Minimum Time to Eat

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on SSAE Grants Survey

SNA has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in response to the Federal Register notice, “Comment Request: State Survey on Activities Supported on Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants.” One of the key goals of SSAE grants is to improve school conditions for student learning. SNA has commented that school nutrition programs are a key component of the Whole Child approach to learning and are critical to ensuring every student is well-nourished, focused and ready to learn. As part of the survey, SNA urges ED to examine where and how these grants have supported school nutrition programs in order to improve student academic achievement.

USDA Trade Mitigation Programs Purchase Over $500 Million in Food Products

In September 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a trade mitigation effort to assist farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs on agricultural products. Through these programs, USDA has purchased over $500 million in food products that will support food banks and other emergency feeding organizations participating in The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

According to USDA, future trade mitigation purchases will be made available through USDA Foods to participants in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). SNA will continue monitoring USDA’s trade mitigation efforts and will provide additional updates as they become available.

SNA: Helping Win Over the Public on School Meals

Does everyone in your community know that today’s school meals are nutritious and delicious? Tackling age-old stereotypes about school meals is daunting, but SNA has developed a host resources to help you educate community members about the benefits of school meals. Visit www.SchoolNutrition.org/PR for a wide variety of members-only tools. Here’s a quick overview of our most popular resources:

  • Media and Outreach Guides : From our recent “Winning Over the Public on School Meals” webinar (available on-demand), to tip sheets on prepping for media interviews, these tools outline successful tactics for spreading the good news.
  • Talking Points and Customizable PR Tools : Whether you’re preparing for a presentation before the PTO or an interview on unpaid meal charges, SNA can help!
  • Backpack Brochures and Flyers : SNA offers customizable handouts to help you promote your program, including colorful new “Parents: Did You Know?” flyers and fact sheets detailing the benefits of school breakfast and lunch.

SNA’s About School Meals section of the website is a great resource to share with parents, administrators, legislators, or anyone who wants to learn about school meal programs. The site offers a wealth of information, including: one-pagers on school nutrition standards; the latest statistics on school meal participation, reimbursements, and more; and tips for getting involved in school meal programs.

State Snapshots

Texas Bill Would Require School Districts to Meet a Minimum Time to Eat

Texas House Bill 4056, introduced by Representative Armando Martinez, would require school districts to adopt a policy that meets minimum times for students to eat breakfast and lunch. The bill would require that students be provided with at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and 20 minutes to eat lunch, meeting the recommendation identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In its 2019 Position Paper, SNA called on USDA and ED to develop best practices and guidance to ensure school schedules provide students adequate time to eat healthy school meals.

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

Beginning in May, SNA will be bringing you more webinars in the “Best of #SNIC19” series. This series will continue to highlight the highest-rated education sessions from the conference. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.


Mystery Chat Corner

On April 2, 1902, the Electric Theatre opened in Los Angeles, California.
The Electric Theatre was the first, full-time movie theatre in the United States. It was built by pioneering film producer Thomas Lincoln Tally, who was also the first to sign movie contracts with actors Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

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