Tuesday Morning - December 17, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Leadership Meets to Draft the 2020 Position Paper
Fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

State Snapshots

SNA 2019-20 State School Meal Mandates and Reimbursements Report
New Hampshire Introduces Unpaid Meals and Packaging Bills
South Carolina Introduces Debt Collection Bill
Oklahoma Introduces Sale of Food Bill
Missouri Introduces Unpaid Meals Bill

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars Return in the New Year - Catch Up Now on Everything You Missed!
FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Leadership Meets to Draft the 2020 Position Paper

On December 9th, SNA staff, leadership, and the Public Policy & Legislation Committee met at SNA’s headquarters to draft the 2020 Position Paper. Prior to the meeting, all 58,000 SNA members were encouraged to share their thoughts on policy challenges and priorities through the SNA 2020 Policy Priorities Poll. We are grateful for the robust participation and informative feedback as we work to shape the school nutrition advocacy road for 2020. The final paper will be published in early January and formally unveiled at the 2020 Legislative Action Conference (early bird rate ends January 17th.) Stay tuned!

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Fourth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will hold its fourth public meeting on January 23-24, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Listeners may participate in person or via a live webinar. Registration to attend in-person will close on January 15, 2020.

Reminder, the public comment period is open and will remain open throughout the DGAC’s work and deliberations. The DGAC will review the scientific evidence on topics and questions from the respective Departments and will then provide a report to the Secretaries that will help to inform USDA and HHS in the development of the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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State Snapshots

SNA 2019-20 State School Meal Mandates and Reimbursements Report

SNA has updated its State School Meal Mandates and Reimbursements Rates Report for School Year 2019-20. The report is a comprehensive summary of each state’s mandates and financial support, accompanied by a detailed reference table for all state child nutrition laws. This report also includes visual maps and information on current seat time laws, funding and other mandates.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets rates to reimburse schools for the cost of free, reduced-price and paid meals. Many states provide additional funding, which can range from per meal reimbursements and salary support, to general funds that assist with program operations. It is up to each state to decide if participation in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program is optional or mandated, and there is variability among states.

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New Hampshire Introduces Unpaid Meals and Packaging Bills

  • HB1127 requires that schools that provide free or reduced-cost meals to refrain from specific actions that could stigmatize a child who requests such a meal. This bill prohibits explicit identification or stigmatization of a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes a meal debt.
  • HB1472 restricts the distribution of plastic straws.
  • HB1564 prohibits the use of polystyrene foam.
  • HB1425 requires the removal of all containers containing
  • poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from all public schools and hospitals.

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South Carolina Introduces Debt Collection Bill

  • SH4765 states that no public schools may use debt collection agencies to collect or attempt to collect outstanding debts on student school lunch or breakfast accounts.

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Oklahoma Introduces Sale of Food Bill

  • SB1116 amends provisions under sales tax to exclude the sale of food in cafeterias or lunchrooms of elementary schools, high schools, colleges or universities which are operated primarily for teachers and pupils and are not operated mostly for the public or for-profit.

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Missouri Introduces Unpaid Meals Bill

  • HB1660 creates provisions around student lunch-shaming and unpaid meal debt, including prohibiting the disposal of a meal after it has been served due to a student’s inability to pay for a meal or because of money owed for previous meals.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars Return in the New Year - Catch Up Now on Everything You Missed!

SNA will be returning with a webinar on Procurement Do’s and Don’ts on January 22, 2020. Barry Sackin, SNS will continue the conversation about important tools and tips recommended for a fair, open and competitive procurement. By February we’ll be back in full swing with a new webinar each week. Missed a recent webinar? Check out SNA’s on-demand library and catch up on the hottest topics in school nutrition; available to SNA members 24/7.

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FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Meals Matter Webinar series provides best practices and tips for the administration of child nutrition programs.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (December 17th) in 1903, these brothers made history by preforming the first sustained motorized aircraft flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
A: The Wright Brothers

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