Tuesday Morning - April 24, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill
U.S. House Appropriations Agriculture FY2019 Budget Hearing

State Snapshots

Louisiana Senate Votes No on Unpaid Meals Bill
Massachusetts Senate Concurs on Unpaid Meals Bill
New Jersey Breakfast, Summer, and Unpaid Meals Bills

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Summer Meals Webinars
Institute of Child Nutrition Webinar

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a mark- up of the 2018 Farm Bill on Wednesday, April 18. Among other provisions, Title 4 of the bill legislates nutrition programs such as SNAP and National School Lunch Commodities. The five-hour discussion on Wednesday centered around changes to SNAP, including new work requirements and elimination of Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility, which may impact school nutrition program direct certification in some states.

According to a Center on Budget Policy and Priorities report, the Congressional Budget Office has indicated that 265,000 students will be impacted by the elimination of Categorical Eligibility and resulting loss of access to SNAP. No longer directly certified through SNAP, parents of these students will be required to complete an application and reestablish access to free school meals.

The bill passed Committee by a vote of 26-20. Committee Chairman, Rep. Mike Conaway, stated that he plans to bring the bill to the House floor in May for a full vote. The farm bill covers five years of funding and policy changes and is due for reauthorization in 2019. 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.

U.S. House Appropriations Agriculture FY2019 Budget Hearing

Secretary Sonny Perdue provided testimony during the April 18th U.S. House Committee on Appropriations FY2019 United States Department of Agricuture Budget hearing. In his opening statements, Chairman Robert Aderholt thanked the USDA for providing schools with “long-overdue flexibility”, similar to flexibility provided in the annual Appropriations process, and said he looked forward to USDA issuing the final rule on nutrition standards so that schools may have long-term relief. SNA submitted comments on the Interim Final Rule on January 19th.

State Snapshots

Louisiana Senate Votes No on Unpaid Meals Bill

SB 245 would require schools to provide meals requested by a student regardless of whether the student has money to pay or owes money for meals. The bill did not pass a Senate vote on Thursday, April 19. The accompanying fiscal note states “There will be an indeterminable increase in the expenditures of school districts and charter schools to meet the requirements to provide school meals regardless of ability to pay as well as to provide resources for support and reporting requirements.”.

Massachusetts Senate Concurs on Unpaid Meals Bill

H 4422 was introduced in the Massachusetts House on April 9th and concurred by the Senate on April 17th. Among other provisions, the bill prohibits public identification of a student with an unpaid meal balance and requires that a reimbursable meal be served regardless of status of the student’s unpaid meal balance.

New Jersey Breakfast, Summer, and Unpaid Meals Bills

Three bills impacting school nutrition programs have passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature. SB 1894 requires all schools with 70% or more of students eligible for free or reduced priced meals to provide a Breakfast after the Bell program.

SB 1897 expands summer meal programs to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.

SB 1896 requires school districts to report at least biannually to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch due to an unpaid meal balance.

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.

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

Institute of Child Nutrition Webinar

ICN, in partnership with USDA’s Team Nutrition, is providing a webinar on program promotion.

Turn Your Students into School Meal Foodies
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 3:00 pm ET
Immerse your students in the food culture and get them excited about tasty school meals! Join USDA’s Team Nutrition and the Institute of Child Nutrition for a webinar on fun, engaging student activities and events in school nutrition programs. You’ll hear from three amazing school districts that have a few creative strategies up their aprons to turn their students into school meal foodies!


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