Tuesday Morning - December 22, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

SNA Publishes Compilation of Directors’ Best Practices During COVID-19

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on Proposed Rule to Restore Flexibilities
SNA Joins Allied Letter in Support of Universal School Meals
Save the Date for the 49th Legislative Action Conference: March 8-10, 2021
Federal Register: School Food Purchase Study IV
Federal Register: Special Nutrition Programs Survey

State Snapshots

South Carolina Introduces Bill Requiring Participation in NSLP and SBP

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinar
Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

SNA Publishes Compilation of Directors’ Best Practices During COVID-19

SNA’s Directors’ Best Practices Conference at the end of October provided three days of opportunities for school nutrition directors, industry members and state agency staff to reflect on and share ideas working in school nutrition programs in the COVID-19 era. The participants shared, generated and discussed a host of great ideas, practical applications and resources through presentations with simultaneous live chat and daily zoom room conversations. Read the full report.

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School nutrition staff at Vernon Middle School in Marion, Iowa, preparing grab-and-go meals for students.

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on Proposed Rule to Restore Flexibilities

SNA has submitted comments in support of USDA’s proposed rule, Restoration of Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Flexibilities, published in the Federal Register on November 25, 2020. SNA encourages all members to submit their individual comments in support of the rule, prior to the December 28th submission deadline. Tell USDA why milk, whole grain and sodium flexibilities are important to your program and the students you serve. TAKE ACTION in support of school meal flexibility!

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SNA Joins Allied Letter in Support of Universal School Meals

SNA, along with 64 other organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Hunger Free America, signed on to an allied letter by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) addressed to President-Elect Biden. This letter urges his administration and the 117th Congress to take every administrative step possible to establish Universal School Meals. Universal Meals would ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to nutritious breakfast and lunch at school to help support their academic success. Read the full letter.

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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! Register now for #LAC21!

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Federal Register: School Food Purchase Study IV

On December 17, 2020, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the notice, "Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request." This collection invites the public and related agencies to provide comments regarding the data surrounding national estimates of food acquisitions for food purchases and USDA Foods made by School Food Authorities (SFAs) that participate in school nutrition programs. All written comments must be received by January 19, 2021.

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Federal Register: Special Nutrition Programs Survey

On December 18, 2020, FNS published the notice, "Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Generic Clearance for the Special Nutrition Programs Quick Response Surveys." This comment collection is to conduct short, quick-turnaround surveys of State and local agencies that provide food, education and other services in the Child Nutrition and Supplemental Nutrition and Safety Programs administered by FNS. All written comments must be received by February 16, 2021.

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State Snapshots

South Carolina Introduces Bill Requiring Participation in NSLP and SBP

HB 3319 requires all public schools to participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. This bill also requires each school to serve meals to any student who requests one regardless of whether they can pay or have incurred unpaid meal debt.

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Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinar

Next month, join us for our Webinar Wednesday and learn about USDA Foods. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Making the Most of USDA Foods
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 3:00 pm ET
When it comes to USDA Foods, diverting what you will use and using what you divert has never been more important. Join ACDA and SNA representatives to learn how to make the most of USDA Foods as you plan for next school year.

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Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

The VIRTUAL Citizen-Advocate's Toolkit
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 3:00 pm ET
Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping in touch with constituents is among the most important job aspects for Members of Congress. With most Members of Congress taking steps to observe social distancing protocols, congressional offices quickly adopted the use of virtual platforms to communicate with the people they represent. This presentation will highlight and provide tips for effectively using virtual advocacy strategies for engaging lawmakers including virtual meetings, emailing staff, social media, online and telephone town hall meetings, and more.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On December 22, 1882, the first string of Christmas tree lights was created by which famous scientist?
A: Thomas Edison

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