Tuesday Morning - August 21, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Survey Reveals Innovative Efforts to Boost School Meal Consumption, Reduce Waste
SNA Submits Comments on Upcoming FNS Studies
Special Milk Program Information Collection
School Food Authority (SFA) Procurement Practices
Sen. Merkley Introduces Summer Meals and Learning Act
Study Finds School Meals Are Associated with Healthier Diets

State Snapshots

SNA Member Talks to Austin Statesman About School Meal Ingredients

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

SNA Survey Reveals Innovative Efforts to Boost School Meal Consumption, Reduce Waste

SNA has released the findings of a national survey of school nutrition directors. The School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2018 reveals districts are utilizing more tactics - holding student taste tests, locally sourcing produce and scheduling recess before lunch - to increase student consumption of healthy school meals and combat food waste.

In a press release, SNA outlined key findings including food and beverage options, initiatives to promote healthier choices to students, waste reduction tactics, breakfast service models and methods to address student meal charges. The report, which covers a wide range of additional topics, is based on survey responses from 1,550 school districts nationwide.

SNA members can access the Executive Summary for free here, or to purchase the complete report, click here.

SNA Submits Comments on Upcoming FNS Studies

This week, SNA submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget on two upcoming studies by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. FNS will be conducting an evaluation of the Independent Review of Applications (IRA) process and a study on School Food Authority (SFA) procurement practices. SNA’s comments on the IRA study highlighted the necessity of providing school district officials with appropriate, clear and concise guidance for approving household applications. The Association’s comments on the procurement study expressed concern about the burden SFAs face due to the complex and overlapping federal, state and local procurement regulations.

Special Milk Program Information Collection

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking public comment on the information collection for the Special Milk Program for Children. Comments are due by October 19, 2018.

School Food Authority (SFA) Procurement Practices

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is seeking public comment on the collection of new information for the Study of School Food Authority (SFA) Procurement Practices. The study is intended to describe and assess the practices of SFAs related to procuring goods and services for school meal programs including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Comments are due by October 19, 2018.

Sen. Merkley Introduces Summer Meals and Learning Act

The Summer Meals and Learning Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), would create a new federal grant program that would provide funding for schools operating a summer lunch site to provide students with access to the school library and learning opportunities. The grants would be awarded competitively to eligible local education agencies participating in the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option.

Study Finds School Meals Are Associated with Healthier Diets

A study published in the August 2018 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that eating school breakfast and school lunch every day was associated with healthier dietary intakes. For more information about the benefits of school meals, check out SNA’s fact sheets on the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program.

State Snapshots

SNA Member Talks to Austin Statesman About School Meal Ingredients

Anneliese Tanner, Food Services Executive Director at the Austin Independent School District, spoke with Addie Broyles of the Austin Statesman about improving school meal ingredients. According to Ms. Tanner, Austin ISD serves over 73,000 meals per day, but only half of district students get their lunch from the program. She notes that if more students got their lunch at school, the program would be able to source ingredients like grass-fed beef and use exclusively organic produce. The program already sources nearly half of its ingredients from local Texas suppliers.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

SNA will be bringing you the Best of #ANC18 webinar series beginning with “Managing Unpaid Meal Charges.”

Register Now:

Best of #ANC18: Managing Unpaid Meal Charges
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In response to Congressional action in 2010, USDA took a closer look at unpaid meals and reported on the current policies of the states and SFAs regarding meal charges and alternate meals. Join us to review the USDA guidance, and learn how two school districts have put it into action.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. 

Best of #ANC18: Creative Recipes Using USDA Foods
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 2:00 pm ET 
As presented at #ANC18, this webinar offers speed scratch techniques and great recipes using USDA Foods to leverage today’s trendy menu concepts. 
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. 

Best of #ANC18: No more Guessing Games- Using Data to Get Exactly What You Need
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 2018, 2:00 pm ET 
Join this panel discussion to take home forecasting how to’s, templates and ideas to take back to your district.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. 

Best of #ANC18: Marketing to Generation Z
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Generation Z, the kids you serve, have a distinct pallet, bright ideas, and a hungry appetite. Ever wish you could read their minds and really understand what they want and how to get them excited for school lunch? Cheyenne is the Gen Z whisperer, and she’s ready to share their secrets!
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs. 


Upcoming Webinars in the #ANC18 Webinar Series:

  • A Director’s Guide to SLAY the Administrative Review
  • Making it Count with Offer Versus Serve
  • Please Stop Working on Your Weaknesses
  • Rolling the Dice with Mobile Buses

Missed a webinar? Check out our webinars on-demand and catch up on the hottest topics in school nutrition.



Mystery Chat Corner

The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” was released on August 21, 1961.

Founded in Inkster, Michigan, a suburb west of Detroit, The Marvelettes were one of Motown Records early major acts. Their 1961 single “Please Mr. Postman” was the label’s first song to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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