Tuesday Morning - December 7, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

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COVID-19 Policy Updates

Your Input Is Needed on Supply Chain Disruptions

Federal Policy

SNA Drafts 2022 Position Paper
Register Today for SNA’s 2022 Legislative Action Conference!
U.S. Congress Passes Stopgap Funding Measure to Avert Shutdown
Federal Register: 2023 Farm to School Census
Food Donation Improvement Act of 2021 Introduced

State Snapshots
Missouri Prefiles School Drinking Water Act
Florida House Files Amendment to School Nutrition Program Requirements

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Mystery Chat Corner  

COVID-19 Policy Updates

Your Input Is Needed on Supply Chain Disruptions

Has your school nutrition program been impacted by supply chain disruptions? As SNA members nationwide struggle with ongoing supply chain challenges, the Association continues to advocate on your behalf, urging the USDA and the White House to provide support and regulatory relief. We are also working to connect members with new ideas and strategies for managing the impact of these disruptions on school meal programs.  We need your input! SNA is asking members to share strategies for coping with and minimizing supply chain challenges. We invite you to share your best practices using this SNA form

Disposable food trays, which were ordered in June and arrived in November, wait to be delivered to schools from Bates Central Kitchen, the Granite School District’s central kitchen and warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah.. Read more

Federal Policy

SNA Drafts 2022 Position Paper

On December 3 and 6, SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee met to draft the Association’s 2022 Position Paper. The position paper reflects the Association’s top legislative priorities and will serve as the roadmap for SNA’s 2022 pandemic relief and Child Nutrition Reauthorization efforts. SNA and members will advocate for these positions to Congress, USDA and the Biden Administration during the 2022 Legislative Action Conference’s (LAC) and throughout the next year. Stay tuned for more updates!

Register Today for SNA’s 2022 Legislative Action Conference!

“A New Era in School Nutrition” equals opportunities for change! Attend SNA’s 2022 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 6-8, 2022, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. to build and grow relationships that will shape federal school nutrition policies. Register now!

U.S. Congress Passes Stopgap Funding Measure to Avert Shutdown

On December 3, Congress passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government at current levels through February 18. This temporary funding measure will allow Congress to continue to debate FY2022 funding levels. The latest version of the Senate FY2022 appropriations bill passed by the full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in August includes several school nutrition provisions.

Federal Register: 2023 Farm to School Census

On December 2, the USDA FNS posted notice of a comment request for a proposed information collection for the 2023 Farm to School Census. The 2023 Farm to School Census will collect and synthesize data from a national census of SFAs to better understand the characteristics of SFAs participating in farm to school and the scope and details of the activities they engage in. Written comments must be received on or before January 31, 2022.

Food Donation Improvement Act of 2021 Introduced

Senate Bill S.3281, also known as the  Food Donation Improvement Act of 2021, was introduced November 30. This bill aims to expand food donation efforts by amending the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to extend liability protections for food donors. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are sponsors of this bill. 

State Snapshots

Missouri Prefiles School Drinking Water Act

Representative Paula Brown in the Missouri House legislature prefiled HB 1466, the Enacts the Getthe Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act.

Florida House Files Amendment to School Nutrition Program Requirements

Florida House Representative Dan Daley has filed a bill to amend the school nutrition program requirements. If this bill passes, it will require district school boards to provide information on the Florida KidCare program to parents and guardians of students who are eligible for free or reduced meal programs. Florida KidCare is a government sponsored health insurance program that provides coverage to eligible children from birth through 18 years of age. 

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School Nutrition Association Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.  

Mystery Chat Corner

On December 7, 1941, 353 Japanese bombers attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor precipitating the entry of the United States into this war.

A: World War II

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