Tuesday Morning - April 9, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Responds to School Meal Flexibilities Complaints
FNS Announced Annual CEP Election Deadline
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month

State Snapshots

North Carolina Bill Would Require NSLP in Charter Schools

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars 

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Responds to School Meal Flexibilities Complaints

In a statement issued last week, SNA expressed its support for the December 2018 final rule on school meal flexibilities in response to lawsuits filed in New York and Maryland challenging U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) actions. “SNA appreciates USDA’s efforts to preserve strong standards to benefit students while addressing long-standing challenges to ensure they choose and consume healthy school meals,” said SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS. The statement noted that the final rule aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) scientific recommendations for updating school meal nutrition standards.

You can read the full statement here.

FNS Announced Annual CEP Election Deadline

In a policy memo, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) detailed annual notification and publication requirements under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and reminded state agencies that the election deadline for SY 2019-20 is June 30.

By April 15, state agencies must notify each Local Education Agency (LEA) of their district-wide eligibility or near eligibility for CEP, and LEAs must provide to their state agency a list of schools that are participating in, eligible or near eligible. By May 1, state agencies must then publish on their website a full list of schools and LEAs that are eligible or near eligible for CEP and provide a link to that list to FNS. LEAs that intend to elect CEP for SY 2019-20 must notify their state agency by June 30 and submit documentation showing the counts of identified and enrolled students.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) was held March 28-29. The meeting included an overview of the topics and questions identified by USDA to be examined by the committee, presentations on the evidence-based approaches for reviewing the scientific evidence and plans for future DGAC work. Meeting materials and the archived podcast will be posted on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans website.

Future meetings are scheduled for July 10-11, 2019; October 24-25, 2019; January 23-24, 2020; and March 12-13, 2020. The public may provide comments to the DGAC through March 12, 2020 and its work will end with the release of a scientific report, which will inform USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they develop the 2020-2025 DietaryGuidelines for Americans

Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month

USDA, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) kicked off Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month by calling on collaboration with public, private and non-profit partners and local officials to engage consumers on the need to reduce food loss and waste. As part of the month’s observances, the EPA will host a livestreamed event with USDA and FDA. Partners and stakeholders are invited to participate by joining the conversation by using #NoWastedFood on social media, educating your community with USDA, EPA and FDA resources, and by becoming a U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion.

State Snapshots

North Carolina Bill Would Require NSLP in Charter Schools

Last week, State Senators Gladys Robinson and Michael Garrett introduced SB 654, which would require charter schools to include plans to provide transportation and food services in their application to the North Carolina State Board of Education. The bill specifies that charter schools “shall participate” in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

April 22 – 26, 2019, Chicago, IL

The National Child Nutrition Conference features training and networking opportunities for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Afterschool Meals and Summer Food Service Program. 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 9, 1965, the first indoor baseball game was played in the Astrodome.
A sold-out crowd of 47,879 attendees watched an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The hometown Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 in a game attended by President Lyndon Johnson, the First Lady, Texas Governor John Connally and Houston Mayor Louie Welch.

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