Tuesday Morning - December 15, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA FNS Summer Food Service Program Monitoring Waiver

Federal Policy

Save the Date for the 49th Legislative Action Conference: March 8-10, 2021
Tom Vilsack to Serve as USDA Secretary Under Biden Administration
TAKE ACTION: Proposed Rule to Restore Flexibilities

State Snapshots

State Breakdown of Child Nutrition Program Waivers

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinar
Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA FNS Summer Food Service Program Monitoring Waiver

On December 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted the SFSP Monitoring Waiver, waiving the requirement that the state agency annually review a number of sponsors whose program reimbursements, in aggregate, account for at least one-half of the total program reimbursements in the state in the previous year.

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School nutrition professionals know hunger doesn’t take a break. Schools across the country are providing grab-and-go meal packs despite the holidays, ensuring students continue to be nourished and are ready to learn when they return in the new year.

Federal Policy

Save the Date for the 49th Legislative Action Conference: March 8-10, 2021

Mark your calendars for the 49th Legislative Action Conference, March 8-10, 2021—a virtual event—to experience The Power of One: The Impact of Many. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event! SNA will send out an announcement when registration opens for #LAC21.

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Tom Vilsack to Serve as USDA Secretary Under Biden Administration

On Thursday, December 19, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced a slate of new Cabinet picks for his Administration including Tom Vilsack, who will serve as Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack previously served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama’s Administration, when the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was enacted.

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TAKE ACTION: Proposed Rule to Restore Flexibilities

USDA FNS has announced proposed regulations to restore flexibilities for milk, whole grain and sodium requirements in the school meal programs. These proposed regulations were issued directly following the recission of flexibilities previously provided in 2018. Submit your comments urging USDA to restore flexibilities. TAKE ACTION!

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State Snapshots

State Breakdown of Child Nutrition Program Waivers

USDA FNS provides this interactive map listing all COVID-19 child nutrition waivers issued to each state.

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Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinar

This Wednesday, join us for our Webinar Wednesday and learn about food allergy management during the pandemic. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

School Nutrition, Food Allergies & Food Insecurity in the Pandemic
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 3:00 pm ET
In this session, speakers will review the basics of food allergy management during the pandemic based on expert guidance; the intersection of food insecurity and food allergies; and the role of the school nutrition team. Webinar contributors will include: Sherry Coleman Collins, a registered dietitian, former school nutrition professional, and expert in food allergy management, who will review the latest guidance from AAAAI on managing food allergies during the pandemic; Emily Brown, president of Food Equality Initiative and the mother of a child with food allergies who works to help advocate for families managing food allergies; and Jeremy Bergman, Food Service Director of the New Castle (Pa.) Area Schools, who will share best practices and practical considerations for managing food allergens during the pandemic.

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Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

Freshmen Spotlight - How to Build Relationships with New Members of Congress
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 1:00 pm ET
Many advocates woke up on November 4, 2020, to discover that their long-standing champions for their cause have been sent packing, causing a scramble to cultivate new Congressional proponents on the Hill. During this webinar, participants will explore what it is like to set up and work in a freshman Congressional office, what common mistakes advocates make when meeting new members, and how advocates can adjust their tactics when building relationships with new members. This webinar will be conducted by CMF's Brad Fitch, President & CEO, and Seth Turner, Director of Citizen Engagement.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 1791, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. These amendments were originally known as...
A: The Bill of Rights

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