Tuesday Morning - April 28, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

View SNA’s COVID-19 USDA Update Webinar
President Signs $484 Billion Relief Bill
Help Feed School Kids Now! Grant
SNA Advocacy Feedback Forms

Federal Policy

DGA Committee Draft Report Meeting and Final Systematic Review Protocols

State Snapshots

USDA Approves Several States for New Program to Feed Kids
New York Drafts Bill to Provide State Subsidies for School Meal Programs

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

View SNA’s COVID-19 USDA Update Webinar

SNA’s latest COVID-19 series webinar led by USDA representatives is available for viewing in the On-Demand Learning Center. Critical updates include the latest on nationwide and state-by-state waivers to allow school nutrition programs to continue to serve healthy meals to students during this time of crisis. SNA's COVID-19 webinar series are free and open to the public.

President Signs $484 Billion Relief Bill

On Friday, President Trump signed a measure providing $484 billion to replenish a small business lending program and support hospitals and COVID-19 testing. The bill includes an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP, established by the CARES Act that the President signed into law on March 27, is designed to help small businesses hurt by the pandemic, which has resulted in massive job loss. The package would replenish that program, enacted as part of the broader $2 trillion coronavirus aid package last month, with another $310 billion. There is also an additional $25 billion for state-led COVID-19 testing plans and for research, development and other testing support from key agencies such as the CDC and the NIH. There are ongoing negotiations on a potential new relief package that may be addressed when Congress returns in May.

Help Feed School Kids Now! Grant

Calling all school nutrition operators! Does your school need assistance in emergency feeding? We are here to help! The Help Feed School Kids Now! Grant funding application period is now open. The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) (SNF) has created a GoFundMe campaign to support your tireless efforts to feed America’s children while schools are closed during the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency. Because school meal programs operate on extremely tight budgets, funded by cafeteria sales and reimbursements for meals served, SNF wants to help school nutrition programs feed hungry school kids now. Apply today. This application is open to both SNA members and non-members.

SNA Advocacy Feedback Forms

SNA has appreciated your reaching out and sharing your challenges. We are always interested in learning what you are experiencing as we navigate this unprecedented crisis. In order to ensure that we are collecting all the information relative to your districts and states, we are providing these advocacy feedback forms.If you have any specific policy questions, SNA’s Government Affairs and Media Relations team is available to help at advocacy@schoolnutrition.org.

covid19-imagejpg COVID-19 Stories From the Front Line

Executive Director of North East Independent School District, Sharon Glosson, made a surprise delivery to a mom of 8 children! “To hear the kids and how excited they were about the food, it really makes everything that we’re doing worth it. It reminds us why we are doing the job that we’re doing,” Glosson said 

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Federal Policy

DGA Committee Draft Report Meeting and Final Systematic Review Protocols

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s schedule has been extended by one month, in consideration of new demands on Committee members’ schedules due to COVID-19. The Committee will now present its draft report via webcast on June 8, 2020. Registration will open in May. Public comments are due by June 1, 2020. The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final systematic review protocols are now posted online.

State Snapshots

USDA Approves Several States for New Program to Feed Kids

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that more states are now approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT).This new program provides assistance to families of children that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures. All states that are currently approved to operate the EBT are listed below.

  • Alabama
  • Wisconsin
  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • Arizona
  • Illinois
  • Rhode Island

New York Drafts Bill to Provide State Subsidies for School Meal Programs

SB 7847 permits school food authorities to attribute funds to purchase food products from New York state farmers, growers and producers for its School Breakfast Program up to 30% of its costs for school meal programs.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming 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.

Serving Kids Under Covid-19 Now and Outlook for the Fall
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 3:00 pm ET
Hear the latest results from a recent SNA survey conducted with industry on their top challenges under COVID19. Then join us to hear a discussion between operators and industry about the outlook for the next few months and the fall.

Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (April 28th) in 1969, after serving 11 years, which French President resigned?
A: Charles de Gaulle

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