Tuesday Morning - April 30, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Sen. Roberts Visits Wichita Public Schools Nutrition Services
Sen. Gillibrand Introduced Bill to Eliminate Chlorpyrifos in School Meals
FNS Seeks Comment on SMP Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
USDA Publishes School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study

State Snapshots

North Carolina House Members Introduce Universal Meals Bill

Mark Your Calendars

How to Make School Year 2019-20 a Record Year for Your School Nutrition Program
SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Sen. Roberts Visits Wichita Public Schools Nutrition Services

On Wednesday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts visited the Nutrition Services department of Wichita Public Schools in his home state of Kansas. As the Senator begins work on a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, he toured the district’s Food Production Center, had a “simply outstanding lunch” with students at Brooks Magnet Middle School and met with district leadership.

You can watch a video of the Senator’s visit here. If you are interested in having a Representative or Senator visit your cafeteria, be sure to check out Cafeteria Visits 101 for details and information on how to plan!

Sen. Gillibrand Introduced Bill to Eliminate Chlorpyrifos in School Meals

In April, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Safe School Meals for Kids Act, which would phase out foods that have been treated with the insecticide chlorpyrifos. The bill would require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a threshold for chlorpyrifos in foods served in federal school meals programs and work in consultation with State and local educational agencies to provide guidance that eliminates use of the insecticide in school meal foods. Chlorpyrifos has been found to impact brain and nervous system development in infants and children exposed to low doses. Bills have been introduced to prohibit its use and a lawsuit to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the substance is ongoing.

FNS Seeks Comment on SMP Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

In a Federal Register notice published last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced it is seeking comment on the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Special Milk Program. The agency invites comments on whether the collection is necessary, the accuracy of their burden estimate, ways to enhance the quality of the information collected and ways to minimize the burden of the collection. Comments must be received by May 28, 2019.

USDA Publishes School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study

Last week, USDA published the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study, the first nationally representative, comprehensive assessment of school meal programs since updated nutrition standards for school meals went into effect. The study found that NSLP lunches scored 41 percent higher on the Healthy Eating Index than they did in 2010. It also found that for the average School Food Authority (SFA), the mean reported cost of a reimbursable lunch was $3.81, higher than the average $3.32 Federal reimbursement for a free lunch.

State Snapshots

North Carolina House Members Introduce Universal Meals Bill

Representatives Brockman, Quick and Autry introduced HB 947 which would provide free breakfast and lunch to students in K-12 public schools. The bill specifies that breakfast and lunch should be provided at no cost to all students and that the Department of Public Instruction shall provide supplemental funding to reimburse each meal served up to the federal free meal reimbursement rate.

Mark Your Calendars

How to Make School Year 2019-20 a Record Year for Your School Nutrition Program

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, 3:00 pm ET, join the Food Research and Action Center for their May Breakfast Matters Webinar! Start the 2019-20 school year strong by starting to plan now on how strengthen and expand your school nutrition programs, especially school breakfast and afterschool meals. Efforts to increase participation pay off throughout the school year—endless benefits for students, as well as your bottom line. Join this webinar to learn effective strategies on how to expand and promote your offerings to ensure everyone is excited about your program. To register, visit this link.

SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference

Get ready for great! Start planning now for whom you want to make sure you meet in St. Louis, Mo., at the "School Nutrition Networking Event of the Year"—SNA’s 73rd Annual National Conference (ANC), July 14-16, 2019!

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Check out upcoming SNA webinars, including our continuing "Best of #SNIC19" series! Missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Cutting-Edge Creativity Tools
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
In this webinar session, we’ll explore using research-based tools to hone the creative consciousness that we all possess. We focus on moving from problem-solving, to discovering new ways to delight our children, faculty/staff, and ourselves. Participants will leave with a treasure trove of ideation tools they can easily implement with their teams.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: Creative Ways to Engage Your School Community
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Everyone knows that school nutrition success hinges on integration throughout the school community. Austin ISD, our “host” school district, offers a terrific model for leveraging relationships with teachers and administrators to develop a wide variety of engagement activities. From classroom demos to student chef competitions, kids regularly get a “taste” of school nutrition far beyond the cafeteria walls.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: Procurement Woes: A Case Study
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Directors leading a brand-new school nutrition buying group share hard lessons learned in the process of issuing their first bid. Come hear what they did right, what they’ll improve next time and how the changing world of procurement continues to affect how we will all do business in the future.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Farm to School: Cafeteria, Classroom, Community
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will offer an overview to farm to school, including why it matters and how it supports the goals of child nutrition programs. Participants will be provided tips and tools for implementing successful farm to school activities.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the Oath of Office and was sworn in as President of the United States.
Congress convened for the first time in April 1789 and counted the electoral votes from the 1788 Presidential election, certifying the election of George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President. Washington arrived in New York, then the nation’s capital, on April 23rd, and his inauguration was held seven days later at Federal Hall.

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