Tuesday Morning - February 12, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Kentucky Representatives Guthrie and Miles Visit School of LAC Sweepstakes Winner
LAC 2019 Is Only 12 Days Away!
Get Ready to Cast Your Ballot!
National School Breakfast Week Resources

State Snapshots

NY SNA President-Elect Asks State Legislature to Eliminate Reduced Price Co-Pay
Connecticut Bill Would Adopt Obama-Era School Meal Nutrition Standards

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Kentucky Representatives Guthrie and Miles Visit School of LAC Sweepstakes Winner

On Monday, February 4, 2019, Representatives Brett Guthrie and Suzanne Miles of Kentucky’s 2nd and 7th districts, respectively, visited Sorgho Elementary School in Owensboro, Kentucky. During the visit, Guthrie and Miles spoke to students about the purpose and responsibilities of elected officials, which included a segment on the U.S. Constitution.

Representatives Guthrie and Miles also joined student members of the Sorgho Lighthouse club for lunch in the Sorgho cafeteria. This visit was prompted when Sorgho Elementary School Cafeteria Manager Heather Haynes won SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2019 Sweepstakes video contest. If you are interested in having a Representative visit your cafeteria, be sure to check out Cafeteria Visits 101 for details and information on how to plan!

LAC 2019 Is Only 12 Days Away!

Are you ready for this year’s LAC? With only sixteen days before the conference kicks off in Washington, D.C., make sure you’re prepared to “Charge the Hill”! The LAC Resources page has all of the tools and information you need to advocate for school meal programs. Complete your 2019 District Profile Sheet, review the 2019 Position Paper and familiarize yourself with helpful lobbying tips.

Get Ready to Cast Your Ballot!

This year, SNA members will be asked to vote for both the positions of President-Elect and Vice President, following the decision by the Delegate Assembly in July 2018 to reinstate the latter position in SNA’s governance structure. Voting begins February 15! This is a great time to get to know the candidates and learn more about the new voting steps that will prepare you to participate in the election this year.

National School Breakfast Week Resources

Mark your calendar for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)! The #NSBW19 theme is “Start Your Engines With School Breakfast,” which is designed to show parents, students and school officials the benefits of fueling up for the day with a healthy school breakfast. Start planning your celebration today – get started with the help of SNA’s official NSBW resources.

State Snapshots

NY SNA President-Elect Asks State Legislature to Eliminate Reduced Price Co-Pay

Mark Bordeau, President-Elect of New York SNA, testified at the joint legislative budget hearing last week, where he called on legislators to eliminate the student share of reduced price school meals. Subsidizing this cost, he argued, would ensure that every student has access to healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay. It would also help to stabilize school meal programs by preventing debt accrued by reduced-price students who are unable to pay.

Bordeau will appear on the panel at the LAC 2019 breakout session, “Mobilizing for State Legislative Success,” where he’ll provide tips on how to steer state level policy and work with key legislators and allied groups to achieve legislative success.

Connecticut Bill Would Adopt Obama-Era School Meal Nutrition Standards

A bill introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly would require the State Board of Education to adopt and codify federal guidelines and regulations concerning school nutrition that were issued under the Obama administration. SB 736 was introduced in the House and Senate and referred to the Joint Committee on Education.

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

Check out upcoming SNA webinars on CEP, LAC and the first in a series of “Best of #SNIC19”! Missed a particular webinar? Catch up with SNAs’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #SNIC19: Prepare Your Organization for the Workforce of the Future
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and FRAC have partnered to bring you a webinar focused on the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Join this webinar to learn about the strategies and resources available for making CEP work at schools with low ISPs and tips for doing partial-district implementation!
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Community Eligibility Provision: Title I, Budgeting, and Getting Buy-In
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
In partnership with FRAC, join this webinar to hear from DOE and USDA policy experts, as well as from a school districts that has gotten buy-in for implementation and is successfully operating community eligibility. FRAC will also share available CEP resources.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: Turning Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Join innovation expert Daniel Burrus as he explains what it takes to accurately anticipate technology-driven disruptions before they occur, prep to meet customer needs before they express them, and identify game-changing opportunities for school nutrition programs.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

Construction of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri began on February 12, 1963.
Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, “The Gateway to the West” is the world’s tallest arch and reaches a height of 630 feet. Construction was completed in 1965 and the monument opened to the public in 1967. Come see the Gateway Arch at SNA’s 73rd Annual National Conference in St. Louis, Mo., July 14-16, 2019!

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