Tuesday Morning - August 6, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

TAKE ACTION: How Might Categorical Eligibility Revisions Impact Your Program?
Team Nutrition Announces Child Nutrition Database
Comments on SFSP Site Location for State Agencies
SNA Submits Comment on CACFP Delayed Grain Equivalents
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Introduces Food for Thought Act
Federal Register: FNS Request Comments on Food Programs Reporting System

State Snapshots

New Hampshire Eliminates Reduced-Price Category for School Breakfast

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SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

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

On July 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Proposed Rule to revise categorical eligibility regulations, proposing to limit the TANF-funded benefits that may convey categorical eligibility for school meals. 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? Share your story on SNA’s Action Network.

Team Nutrition Announces Child Nutrition Database

On July 31st, Team Nutrition introduced the Child Nutrition Database (CNDB), a database that includes the nutrition information for over 10,000 food items and identifies 18 different nutrients such as calories, sodium, protein, and vitamins. The CNDB is a required part of the nutrient analysis software approved by USDA for use in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Team Nutrition also provides instructions for food manufacturers for submitting nutrient data for inclusion in the CNDB. The CNDB is available for download through Team Nutrition’s website.

Comments on SFSP Site Location for State Agencies

SNA submitted a comment letter in response to the Federal Register notice, Comment Request Summer Food Service Locations for State Agencies posted July 1st. After discussions with SNA’s State Agency Advisory Council, SNA recommended standardizing data collection and the use of state-based innovative outreach websites in order to streamline the administration of the Summer Food Service Program. Read SNA’s comment letter for more details.

SNA Submits Comment on CACFP Delayed Grain Equivalents

SNA submitted a comment letter in response to a Proposed Rule by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), published in the Federal Register on July 1st. SNA agrees with this Proposed Rule that seeks to delay the implementation of these requirements for two years. The implementation process for CACFP created many challenges for program operators because the equivalent terms and calculations were brand new for many CACFP operators. A delayed implementation would benefit those receiving training and technical assistance through FNS and State agencies. Read SNA’s comment letter here.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff Introduces Food for Thought Act

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA28) introduced H.R 4065, the Food for Thought Act of 2019. This legislation would authorize the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to make grants available for community college campuses in order to establish a free meal program for eligible students, prepare and purchase meals from manufacturers and provide information to eligible students on federal food assistance programs through campus outreach. This bill aims to assist those college students struggling with food insecurity.

Federal Register: FNS Requests Comments on Food Programs Reporting System

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a notice that invites the general public and related agencies to comment on a proposed information collection for the Food Program Reporting System (FPRS). The FPRS is an electronic reporting system that gives States and agencies a portal for the various reporting required for child nutrition programs. This collection requests information for the electronic submission of programmatic and financial data through the FPRS. Written and electronic comments must be submitted by September 30, 2019.

State Snapshots

New Hampshire Eliminates Reduced-Price Category for School Breakfast

On July 29th, Governor Chris Sununu signed SB82 into law, which allows every student eligible for a reduced-priced meal to receive breakfast for free. This breakfast expansion is anticipated to reach about 7,500 students next year. State reimbursements to schools will increase to cover the reduced-price copay of 30 cents.

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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.

Social Emotional Learning Begins with School Breakfast
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
In this webinar, learn more about social emotional learning and its connection with breakfast in the classroom.

Best of #SNIC19: Environmental Hot Buttons—What’s Ahead for School Nutrition?
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
In this webinar, hear how three districts listened to the outcry from parents and students requesting a greener cafeteria, and responded with new products that were more sustainable and less wasteful.

Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
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 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. Registration coming soon!


Mystery Chat Corner

In 1960, on this day, who performed his version of “The Twist” on the Dick Clark show starting a worldwide dance craze?
Chubby Checker

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