Tuesday Morning - April 20, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

COVID-19 Nationwide Waivers Extended for 2021-2022 School Year
FNS Publishes Emergency Operating Costs Guidance for State Agencies

Federal Policy

USDA Secretary Vilsack Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee on 2022 Budget
FNS Publishes Guidance on Nutrition and Ingredients for USDA Foods
The Global Child Nutrition Foundation Publishes School Meal Global Survey

State Snapshots

Connecticut Introduces Legislation to Create CEP Reporting Requirements
Massachusetts Presents Bill to Commission Study on Childhood Hunger
Oregon Introduces Legislation to Expand School Meals at No Charge

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars
Louisiana Fit Kids
Congressional Management Foundation

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

COVID-19 Nationwide Waivers Extended for 2021-2022 School Year

Today, Tuesday, April 20, the Biden Administration announced the extension of several COVID-19 waivers to ensure students can continue to safely receive free school meals through the 2021-22 School Year. All schools in States that opt in are permitted to serve and claim meals through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the 2021-22 School Year. The waivers also allow schools to continue receiving the higher per-meal reimbursement rate offered under the Summer Food Service Program. Further, USDA is issuing a nationwide waiver to allow schools to utilize specific meal pattern flexibilities. Read more in SNA’s press release. View the complete list of USDA’s Child Nutrition COVID-19 waivers.

FNS Publishes Emergency Operating Costs Guidance for State Agencies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the policy guidance, "Child Nutrition Program Emergency Operating Costs During COVID-19: Implementation Guidance for State Agencies." This memo outlines how state agencies can apply for additional funding through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This supplemental funding provides eligible program operators with additional reimbursements for emergency operating costs they incurred during the public health emergency.

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Last week, the school nutrition team at Meriden Public Schools managed to serve 85,140 to-go meals to students in their community.

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Federal Policy

USDA Secretary Vilsack Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee on 2022 Budget

On April 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the House Appropriation's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. The hearing covered USDA's priorities for the Fiscal Year 2022. In his testimony, Secretary Vilsack stated that he expects to make an announcement regarding waivers soon and reaffirmed his commitment to "working with school nutrition professionals."

FNS Publishes Guidance on Nutrition and Ingredients for USDA Foods

On April 12, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published new technical assistance and guidance on "Nutrition, Allergen, and Ingredient Information for USDA Foods in Schools." USDA has implemented a new reporting requirement that provides vendors direct delivery of certain USDA Foods and products to schools. As a result of this initiative, school districts can access all the nutrition, allergen, and ingredient information for USDA Foods online.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation Publishes School Meal Global Survey

On April 14th, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) published the report, "School Meal Programs Around the World." This report analyzes information from the Global Survey of School Meal Programs, which surveyed school meal programs from around the world. This program aims to strengthen the work of the global school meal network by developing a comprehensive description of school meal programs worldwide.

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State Snapshots

Connecticut Introduces Legislation to Create CEP Reporting Requirements

SB 881 creates a reporting requirement for Boards of Education with one or more schools or districts that qualify but decline to implement the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program.

Massachusetts Drafts Bill to Establish Farm to School Grant Program

SB 145 establishes a commission to study childhood hunger in Norfolk County due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oregon Introduces Legislation to Expand School Meals at No Charge

HB 2536 requires a school or school district to offer lunches and breakfasts at no charge to students if that school or district meets the Federal requirements for Community Eligibility Provision or if a student is from a household with an income not exceeding 300% of federal poverty guidelines.

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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 20, 1996, which famous basketball team broke the NBA's record for the most wins in a single season after winning its 72nd game?

A: Chicago Bulls

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