Tuesday Morning - August 13, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Final Public Charge Rule Published
TAKE ACTION: How Might Categorical Eligibility Revisions Impact Your Program?
SNA Comments on CACFP Serious Deficiency
USDA Announces NSLP, SBP, CACFP and SMP Payments and Maximum Reimbursement Rates
USDA Publishes USDA Foods Product Information Sheets
Farm Bill Implementation Memo: Donated Traditional Foods and Civil Liability
FNS Releases New Farm-to-School Resources

State Snapshots

Q2 State Legislative Summary Now Available

Florida District Reports Universal Meals Bring Increased Academic Success

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Webinars

Social Emotional Learning Begins with School Breakfast

Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Final Public Charge Rule Published

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be publish a final rule titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” This change to U.S. immigration policies will make it much more difficult to apply for a green card or earn a visa for applicants who are deemed likely to depend on government aid such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance and Medicaid. The new policy is set to go into effect in mid-October. Learn More

TAKE ACTION: How Might Categorical Eligibility Revisions Impact Your Program?

On July 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a Proposed Rule to revise categorical eligibility regulations, proposing to limit the benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), that may convey categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The revisions would end SNAP enrollment for an estimated 1.7 million households and as a result, end direct certification for free meals for any students living in these households. SNA is very concerned about any rule change that could potentially limit children’s access to healthy school meals, which are proven to support academic success, obesity prevention and overall student health. Because of the nature of TANF implementation, the impact of this revision could vary widely between states. SNA wants to know , how might this Proposed Rule impact your program’s direct certification, participation, and/or revenue?

SNA Comments on CACFP Serious Deficiency

SNA has provided comments in response to the Request for Information: The Serious Deficiency Process in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2019. After consultation with the SNA State Agency Advisory Council, SNA commented on the many state-specific administrative nuances causing different interpretations across states and across programs and urged development of training for more consistency. SNA also suggested reviewing the terminology “fully and permanently corrected” and the appeal sequence. Read the full comment letter for more details.

SNA members are encouraged to provide their individual comments on this notice through SNA’s Action Network. USDA reviews all submitted comments and urges greater participation from stakeholders.

USDA Announces NSLP, SBP, CACFP and SMP Payments and Maximum Reimbursement Rates

In a Federal Register notice published on August 7th, the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced its SY2019-20 adjustments to the national average payments and reimbursement rates  for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This notice outlines the amount of money that the Federal Government will provide to the States for breakfasts, lunches, and afterschool snacks served to those participating. Overall, the reimbursement rates for the NSLP, SBP and SMP either increased or remained the same compared to last year. The performance-based reimbursement for lunches certified as meeting the meal pattern increased from 6 cents to 7 cents.  These rates are effective from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

USDA Publishes USDA Foods Product Information Sheets

USDA published USDA Foods Product Information Sheets for NSLP as a resource for program operators. These are useful information sheets for a wide array of fruits, vegetables, grains and meat/meat alternatives. Every product sheet includes nutrition facts, allergy information, product description, crediting/yield information, culinary tips and recipes and food safety information. All resource materials are available for download on the FNS website.

Farm Bill Implementation Memo: Donated Traditional Foods and Civil Liability

In a policy memo published in July, FNS notified all child nutrition program operators of a provision that states certain groups are not liable in civil cases regarding the donation and service of traditional foods. This provision is an expansion of the 2018 Farm Bill and applies to foodservice programs in public and nonprofit facilities. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memo to all program operators. Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. Contact the appropriate FNS regional office for any further information.

FNS Releases New Farm-to-School Resources

FNS has released several new farm-to-school resources to help directors and operators build stable and robust farm-to-school programing. These resources include a new Farm to School Planning Guide that contains detailed information and online resources on forming a farm-to-school team, facilitating farm-to-school meetings and developing a community action plan. This FNS guide provides tips for menu planning, general food safety and guidance on procuring and buying local foods for child nutrition programs through the  National Farm to School Network

State Snapshots

Q2 State Legislative Summary Now Available

In the first six months of 2019, legislators in 39 states introduced 218 bills impacting school nutrition programs. SNA’s latest report  details the bills that have been passed or introduced and identifies key trends in state school meals policy.

Florida District Reports Universal Meals Bring Increased Academic Success

According to the St. Augustine Report, St. Johns County Schools has significantly improved attendance, student learning and morale by providing free breakfast and lunch to students through the Federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). In schools and districts that have a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students, CEP provides breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost regardless of income. The district’s Director for Food and Nutrition Services said, “CEP does prevent lunch shaming. It takes away any of the debt issues that students could incur.” This program began in St. Augustine in 2017 at four different schools and has now expanded to 10 out of the 40 school districts.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Check out upcoming SNA webinars, including the "Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit" webinar. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

School Nutrition Association 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. 

Social Emotional Learning Begins with School Breakfast
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 2:00 pm ET

On this week's webinar, a panel will look at the connection between breakfast in the classroom and emotional learning. Panel members will describe the positive impact of nutrition on social, emotional learning (SEL), what was learned from a study and personal experiences. This webinar will help to identify ways to work to minimize and overcome barriers to learning. We hope that you will share your stories of how Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) made a difference in the SEL for your students. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CED or CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.  Click here to register

Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:00- 3:00 PM EDT
Looking to make a splash this school year? Be a school meal advocate and invite your legislator for a behind-the-scenes look at your school nutrition program! With the 2020 elections just around the corner, your legislators are looking for an opportunity to engage with your school and the community. Join SNA and a panel of experienced school nutrition professionals to get an exclusive look at how to host a legislator during a cafeteria site visit. This webinar will feature an update on cafeteria site visit resources, information on what to expect when conducting a visit and tips on how to earn support for your essential programs. 


Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 1962, construction on what landmark began in East Germany?
The Berlin Wall

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