Tuesday Morning - August 7, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

U.S. Senate Passes FY2019 Funding for Breakfast Commodities
U.S. Senate Votes For 2018 Farm Bill Conference
FNS Seeks Comment on State Administrative Expenses
FNS Seeks Comment on NSLP/CACFP Contact Database

State Snapshots

Baltimore County Decides Against CEP Expansion, Despite Advocate’s Urging

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

U.S. Senate Passes FY2019 Funding for Breakfast Commodities

On Wednesday, August 1st, The U.S Senate passed a bundle of FY 2019 Appropriations bills including funding for USDA and several school nutrition priorities. The U.S. House passed their version of the bill July 19th. Both chambers will need to agree on a single version of the bill before it is presented to the President and signed into law.

U.S. Senate Votes For 2018 Farm Bill Conference

The Senate voted last week to move the 2018 Farm Bill to a Conference Committee, following a similar move by the House two weeks ago. Nine Senators will join 47 House members ( 29 Republicans and 18 Democrats) who will work to reconcile House and Senate bills into a single version. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell states he hopes to see a farm bill conference report ready after Labor Day.

The Senate’s conferees will be: Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Boozman (R-AK), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Provisions of the current Farm Bill will expire on September 30th.

FNS Seeks Comment on State Administrative Expenses

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced in a Federal Register notice that they’re seeking comment from State agencies on the State Administrative Expense (SAE) allocation formula. The agency is attempting to better understand the availability and use of SAE funds in order to determine if the formula is meeting state spending needs, and if additional flexibilities in SAE funding levels and rules could improve program implementation. Comments must be received by September 28, 2018.

FNS Seeks Comment on NSLP/CACFP Contact Database

In a Federal Register notice last week, FNS provided notice that the agency is working to establish a database of schools and organizations that are participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to enable coordination and collaboration between participants. The agency is seeking public comment on this effort, and will be accepting comments until August 29, 2018.

State Snapshots

Baltimore County Decides Against CEP Expansion, Despite Advocate’s Urging

Baltimore County Public Schools announced last week that they would not be embracing NSLP’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in all schools that are eligible, after a late summer debate between district officials and advocates. Interim Superintendent Verletta White expressed concern about impacts on Title I funding and noted that the county does not meet the criteria for district-wide eligibility. She also announced that the district would cover the student portion of reduced-price lunch in all schools. Earlier this summer the Maryland NAACP, Baltimore County League of Women Voters and the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board urged the expansion of the program.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Beginning in August SNA will be bringing you the Best of #ANC18 webinar series.

Register Now:

Best of #ANC18: Managing Unpaid Meal Charges
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 2018, 2:00 pm ET 
In response to congressional action in 2010, the USDA took a closer look at unpaid meals and reported on the current policies of the States and SFA regarding meal charges and alternate meals. Join us to review the USDA guidance, and see how 2 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, 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. 


Upcoming Webinars in the #ANC18 Webinar Series:

  • A Director’s Guide to SLAY the Administrative Review
  • Making it Count with Offer Versus Serve
  • Marketing to Generation Z
  • 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 7, 1976, the Viking 2 entered Mars’ orbit.

The Viking 2 mission included an orbiter and a lander. The lander operated on the surface of Mars until its batteries died and it was turned off on April 11, 1980. The lander conducted soil analysis and biological experiments to search for life on Mars. The orbiter was operational until July 25, 1978, returning nearly 16,000 images over its 706 orbits of the planet.

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