Tuesday Morning - August 28, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on Meal Cost Study II
FDA Extends Deadline for Public Comments on Nutrition Strategy
SNA Survey Reveals Innovative Efforts to Boost School Meal Consumption, Reduce Waste

State Snapshots

State Unpaid Meals Legislation Tracking
Two California Child Nutrition Bills Advance
Carolina Public Press Explores What School Meals Mean for NC

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on Meal Cost Study II

SNA submitted comments to the Office of Policy Support on the Food and Nutrition Service’s upcoming School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study II (SNMCS-II). FNS announced on June 27, 2018 that it is seeking public comments on the study that aims to provide a comprehensive picture of school food service operations and the nutritional quality, cost and acceptability of meals served through the NSLP.

SNA’s comments expressed concern that results from the previous School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS-I) have yet to be published and urged that an evaluation of its design should be completed before SNMCS-II is conducted. The comments also urged FNS to ease the study’s reporting burden and noted that state agencies maintain databases containing much of the information the agency seeks to collect. SNA recommended that FNS create a working group of school nutrition professionals that could provide guidance to research design staff.

FDA Extends Deadline for Public Comments on Nutrition Strategy

According to a Federal Register notice posted on August 21, 2018, the agency is extending its deadline for public comments on its new Nutrition Strategy. The period for comments has been extended from August 27th through October 11th. The FDA’s Nutrition Strategy covered topics such as the evolving societal definition of health, increasing transparency in food labeling and creating incentive for innovation among producers. Comments regarding this strategy may be submitted online and must be received by October 11, 2018.

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.

State Snapshots

State Unpaid Meals Legislation Tracking

SNA tracks state legislation impacting school nutrition programs, and this includes bills pertaining to unpaid meals. A new resource available on SNA’s website offers an overview of common provisions in unpaid meals bills, a breakdown of bills introduced in seven states and a nationwide look at states that have passed or introduced such bills. In addition, SNA has updated member talking points on the issue of unpaid meal debt and “lunch shaming.” Click here to find the 2018 Unpaid Meal Charge Talking Points.

Two California Child Nutrition Bills Advance

Two child nutrition bills in the California legislature got a boost last week as they advanced through the legislative process. AB 1871, which has passed both chambers and is heading to the Governor’s office, would require all charter schools to provide one reimbursable meal per day to any free or reduced price eligible student. AB 2360 requires the California Department of Education along with the Office of Farm to Fork to develop and distribute best practices for establishing partnerships between school districts and food banks in order to provide nutritious foods to students during non-school hours. The bill passed the State Senate with amendments and has been returned to the State Assembly for concurrence.

Carolina Public Press Explores What School Meals Mean for NC

In North Carolina nearly 60% of families rely on free or reduced priced lunch. In an article published last Monday, the Carolina Public Press spoke with school nutrition officials across the state about the importance of school meals.

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.

Register Now:

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 palate, 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

On August 28, 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom became the largest human rights demonstration in US history.

Organized by A. Phillip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom turned out nearly 300,000 people and featured Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” The marchers demanded action on civil rights legislation and employment protections, including an end to school segregation and a national minimum wage increase.

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