Tuesday Morning - December 3, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA 2019 Fall Unified Regulatory Agenda
Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington, D.C.!
SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals
The Real School Lunch Story

State Snapshots

Massachusetts Breakfast After the Bell Bill Passes House

Mark Your Calendars

Register for This Week’s SNA Webinar on Procurement
FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA 2019 Fall Unified Regulatory Agenda

The 2019 Fall Regulatory Agenda for each US Government Agency has been published by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Agenda includes Proposed Rules updating National School Lunch Program meal service monitoring requirements and Summer Food Service Program and integrity requirements.

Also listed in the Agenda are three Final Rules including the Child Nutrition Program Integrity Final Rule (originally Proposed in 2016). Read SNA’s comments in response to the Child Nutrition Program Integrity Proposed Rule for more background information.

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Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington, D.C.!

It’s time for SNA’s annual sweepstakes to win a free trip for two to the 2020 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), happening March 8-10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. An SNA member may enter by sending proof of inviting or hosting a cafeteria site visit with a local legislator, Congressman or Senator. Evidence includes but is not limited to invitation letters, photos, news articles, press releases or videos; one entry per member. All invitations and/or visits must occur on or after September 26, 2019. One submission will be selected at random after the submission deadline. This randomly selected member will win free travel, hotel and registration for themselves and a guest to LAC 2020. Please see Complete Sweepstakes Rules for full details, eligibility and entry conditions. Also, be sure to check out Cafeteria Site Visit resources for more information on how to conduct a site visit. Please submit all entries to advocacy@schoolnutrition.org. All submissions are due by December 13, 2019.

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SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals

Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. SNA believes all students should have equal access to nutritious school meals, and that is why we are excited to announce a new research initiative that will evaluate the potential social benefits and costs of expanding the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, to serve all students at no charge.

School meals not only ensure students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn, but they also play an important role in supporting obesity prevention and improving children’s diets and health outcomes. Previous studies on universal meal proposals have focused on the price tag, without quantifying and comparing the many long-term benefits of increased student lunch and breakfast participation. To support SNA’s advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration, SNA’s Board of Directors approved funding for an independent research firm specializing in regulatory advocacy and economic analysis to conduct a benefit-cost study of a universal school lunch and breakfast program. The firm chosen has significant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) experience and will provide a thorough, OMB-compliant economic analysis of the social benefits and costs of creating a universal meals program.

This research effort will focus on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. SNA will keep you posted on the outcomes of the analysis.

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The Real School Lunch Story

To combat misconceptions and outdated stereotypes, SNA created a new video to share the real school lunch story and highlight all the positive changes that have occurred in today’s school cafeterias. The video features delicious school lunches from across the country and shows how school nutrition professionals are appealing to student tastes while meeting strict nutrition standards. View the video.

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State Snapshots

Massachusetts Breakfast After the Bell

H.4218 requires all public schools with 60% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals to offer breakfast after the bell. The bill passed the Massachusetts House and was sent to the Senate for consideration.

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Mark Your Calendars

Register for This Week’s SNA Webinar on Procurement

Procurement is complex but there are fundamental steps districts should take to manage the process effectively. Register for this week’s webinar and hear a top 10 list compiled by the experts. This is also a great time to catch up on any webinar you may have missed this fall with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Top 10 Steps to Managing the Procurement Process (and Preventing a Bid Protest!)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Procurement is complex but there are fundamental steps districts should take to manage the process effectively. In this webinar, hear a top 10 list compiled by the experts!

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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 December 3, 1926, this detective novelist mysteriously disappears for 11 days?
A: Agatha Christie

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