Tuesday Morning - February 11, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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Federal Policy

President Trump Releases Fiscal 2021 Budget Proposal
FNS Publishes Notice on Summer Meals Award Program
U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing

State Snapshots

California Proposes Legislation to Increase Expendable Funds for Nutrition Education
Illinois Creates Bill to Amend Program Applications
Maryland Introduces Legislation to Address Coffee in Schools and Summer Meals Waiver Act
New York Proposes Bill Requiring School Meal Nutrition Labeling
Oregon Introduces Bill to Expand School Meal Eligibility Definition
Rhode Island Introduces Restriction on Single-use Plastics

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

President Trump Releases Fiscal 2021 Budget Proposal

On Monday, February 10, 2020, the White House released the 2021 President’s Budget. The budget proposes cuts to several agencies, including an 8 percent reduction for the Agriculture Department, with the goal to lower federal spending by $4.4 trillion over the next decade. The President’s annual budget request kicks off the FY 2021 budget process. Next, Congress will hold hearings to question Administration officials about their requests and develop their own budget plan, called a “budget resolution.” SNA will continue to provide updates as developments occur. View SNA’s one-pager on the complete budget process for more information.

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FNS Publishes Notice on Summer Meals Award Program

On February 7, 2020, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a Federal Register notice, “Agency Information Collection Activities: Turnip the Beat! High-Quality Summer Meals Award Program.” This collection was created to recognize the program sponsors’ nutrition efforts in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Written and electronic comments must be submitted by April 7, 2020.

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U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing

On January 6th, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee held a hearing titled, A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNA submitted comments on the Proposed Rule on November 1, sharing concerns that close to one million children will lose direct certification for free school meals. You can share your input with SNA and read stories on the Proposed Rule’s impact on SNA’s Action Network.

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State Snapshots

California Proposes Legislation to Increase Expendable Funds for Nutrition Education

AB 2095 increases the percentage of expendable funds allowed towards nutrition education programs and decreases the percentage towards state administrative expenses.

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Illinois Creates Bill to Amend Program Applications

SB 3065 amends the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act to make a technical change concerning school meal applications.

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Maryland Introduces Legislation to Address Coffee in Schools and Summer Meals Waiver Act

  • HB 112 prevents the banning or regulating the sale of coffee in conjunction with a career exploration and development activity in any public high school in Baltimore County public high schools. This act shall repeal the exception that prohibited the sale of coffee and shall take effect on July 1, 2020.
  • HB 1135 requires the State Department of Education to submit to USDA certain waivers for the federal Summer Food Service Program.

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New York Proposes Bill Requiring School Meal Nutrition Labeling

S 7686 requires school meal nutrition facts and ingredient lists to be provided for all school meals.

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Oregon Introduces Bill to Expand School Meal Eligibility Definition

SB 1520 expands the definition of “eligible student” and makes state funding available at an earlier date for summer programs at specific schools considered to be high poverty.

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Rhode Island Introduces Restriction on Single-use Plastics

S 2210 prohibits the use of state funds to purchase single-serving bottled water or single-use plastic bags or expanded polystyrene.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Register now for this week’s Webinar Wednesday and learn about creative, kid-approved ways to serve pulses—chickpeas, dry peas, beans and lentils—in school meals. Plus, register for three additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Powering School Meals with U.S.-Grown Pulses
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will showcase creative, kid-approved ways to serve pulses – chickpeas, dry peas, beans and lentils – in school meals.

School Meals in Japan, Sweden and the US: Real-World Commonalities, Challenges and Successes
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Join a panel of international school nutrition experts as they highlight ways that food and nutrition professionals share global concerns and strategies for overcoming obstacles.

Adopting Top Food Trends & Managing Allergies at School Breakfast
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Come get inspired to incorporate hot food trends in your program and pick up valuable tools to help with marketing, crediting, and managing allergens.

Making Community Eligibility Work with Lower ISPs
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and FRAC have partnered to bring you a webinar focused on the community eligibility and how to make it work at lower ISPs.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (February 11th) in 1990, this South African political leader was released from prison after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.
A: Nelson Mandela

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