Tuesday Morning - December 4, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Has Moved!
LAST CHANCE to Share Your Thoughts on Administrative Reviews!
SNA Comments on Dairy Labeling of Plant-Based Foods
FNS Announces Two Child Nutrition Grants
Federal Register: Farm to School Census

State Snapshots

Oakland Schools Work to Reduce Food Waste

Mark Your Calendars

2019 Legislative Action Conference
2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Has Moved!

The Headquarters for SNA and SNF has moved from Maryland to a new neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia! SNA’s new address is 2900 S. Quincy Street, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22206. Its new phone number is (703) 824-3000. Its toll-free number remains (800) 877-8822. The SNA email address, servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org, as well as all staff email addresses, will not change. We appreciate your patience over the next week as we unpack and get settled.

LAST CHANCE to Share Your Thoughts on Administrative Reviews!

As required in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA has switched from a five-year evaluation cycle for school nutrition programs to a three-year cycle. SNA is trying to learn more about the Administrative Review process in State Agencies and School Food Authorities (SFAs) and is collecting information to better understand how this change is impacting processes across the country.

Below are links to surveys for State Agency staff and SFAs. Please respond to the appropriate survey below by COB today!

SNA Comments on Dairy Labeling of Plant-Based Foods

SNA has submitted comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice, "Use of the Names of Dairy Foods in the Labeling of Plant-Based Products." SNA states that consumers need significant education on the differences between plant-based and dairy products to distinguish between them. SNA has also advised that being explicit in a standard of identity and having clear labeling would assist students in a multitude of food environments in order to make informed healthful eating choices.

FNS Announces Two Child Nutrition Grants

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced two opportunities for child nutrition grant funding. The Child Nutrition Technology Innovation Grant (CN TIG) is a competitive funding opportunity available to state agencies that implement Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) seeking to implement innovative technology solutions that will improve program accountability, data accuracy, program performance measurement and the capacity to identify and target error-prone areas (locations or program functions) within and across the CNPs at the State and Local Educational Agency (LEA) or Sponsor Organization (SO) levels.

The Administrative Review and Training (ART) Grant is available on a competitive basis only to the 57 state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), and are for the purpose of identifying, reviewing, monitoring and training LEAs that have demonstrated a high level of, or a high risk for, administrative errors.

Federal Register: Farm to School Census

FNS is requesting comments on proposed information collection, "Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review." To measure progress toward increasing the availably of local foods in schools, the USDA FNS conducted a Farm to School Census in 2013 and 2015. This third iteration of the census will allow FNS to make comparisons of farm to school activities and trends nationally across time and will also help contribute to a comprehensive review of farm to school activities. Comments on this information collection may be submitted to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov and are due by December 31, 2018.

State Snapshots

Oakland Schools Work to Reduce Food Waste

Food waste can be a major challenge for school meals programs. An article on Grist last week highlights the efforts of Nancy Deming, sustainability manager for the Oakland Unified School District, who took on red tape and other roadblocks to reduce food waste in the district.

Mark Your Calendars

2019 Legislative Action Conference

Keeping our promise to American’s children—it starts here at #LAC19! Join forces with hundreds of SNA members and other school nutrition advocates in Washington, D.C., to advocate for national policy efforts supporting school nutrition programs and meet directly with legislators. SNA’s 47th Legislative Action Conference (LAC) takes place February 24-26, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis.

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

The National Child Nutrition Conference, scheduled for April 22-26, 2019 in Chicago, Ill., will feature the best educational training and networking opportunities for CACFP, Afterschool Meals and Summer Food Service teams. Join the child nutrition community for three days of education featuring over 175 presenters and 150 hours of workshops.

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

SNA will be bringing you all new webinars beginning in January 2019, including two new CEP webinars, and one on financial management. You won’t want to miss the Best of #SNIC19 series beginning in February. Missed a particular webinar? Did you know that over 20,000 attendees took advantage of SNA‘s popular live and on-demand webinars? Be sure to take advantage of this member-only benefit.


Mystery Chat Corner

On December 4, 1956... Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash recorded an unplanned jam session at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
Coined the “Million Dollar Quartet” by the Memphis Press-Scimitar, a recording of the session wouldn’t be released until 1981.

Contact Us

2900 S. Quincy Street, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22206
servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org  

Tel (703) 824-3000
Fax (703) 824-3015

> For The Media

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Read the latest news and developments facing the school nutrition industry, as well as stay on top of important trends and resources.

 

> Read the Latest Newsletters

SNA State Associations

The School Nutrition Association has a presence in every state across the country. View links to many of the state associations to find out more about what SNA is doing nationwide. 

> Learn More