Tuesday Morning - February 18, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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Federal Policy

FNS Announces Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the CACFP
Team Nutrition Presents Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development
Fifth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

State Snapshots

California Introduces Breakfast After the Bell Legislation
Illinois Proposes Technical Changes to School Meal Applications
Iowa Defines Unpaid Meal Debt and Collection Procedures
Minnesota Introduces Unpaid Meals Legislation
Tennessee Unpaid Meal Bill
Wisconsin Farm to School Grants

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
Help Shape Federal Policy at SNA’s 2020 LAC

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

FNS Announces Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the CACFP

On February 12, 2020, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the Federal Register notice “Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.” In this notice, FNS announced corrections to the presentation of the meal pattern tables from the final rule that was published on September 25, 2019. All changes became effective on February 12, 2020.

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Team Nutrition Presents Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development

Team Nutrition has announced training grants for the development of recipes for school meals. This grant program will help schools to offer more meals with recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award approximately $5.2 million in grants to state agencies and up to $300,000 per state. Only those State agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 3, 2020.

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Fifth Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will hold its fifth public meeting on March 12-13, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Listeners may participate in person or via a live webinar. The Committee will also meet via webcast (only) to discuss its draft scientific report before submitting its final scientific report to USDA and HHS on May 11th. Registration for this public meeting is expected to open in April.

Reminder: the public comment period is open and will remain open throughout the DGAC’s work and deliberations. The DGAC will review the scientific evidence on topics and questions from the respective Departments and will then provide a report to the Secretaries that will help to inform USDA and HHS in the development of the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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State Snapshots

California Introduces Breakfast After the Bell Legislation

AB 2211 requires school districts to consider the first 15 minutes of class that is used for a school breakfast program to be regarded as instructional time and part of daily attendance.

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Illinois Proposes Technical Changes to School Meal Applications

HB 4700 amends the applications for participation in the school breakfast program, lunch program, and summer food service program.

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Iowa Defines Unpaid Meal Debt and Collection Procedures

HSB 656 provides procedures to school districts to offset unpaid meal debt and also defines delinquency debt and those practices that are considered to be reasonable efforts for collection.

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Minnesota Introduces Unpaid Meals Legislation

HF 3186 would prohibit any school personnel from denying a school lunch to any child participating in the school lunch program whether or not that student has an outstanding balance in the student’s meal account.

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Tennessee Unpaid Meal Bill

SB 2906 creates provisions to ensure students are not stigmatized due to unpaid meal debt, including prohibiting the disposal of a meal after it has been served due to a student’s inability to pay for a meal or because of money owed for previous meals.

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Wisconsin Farm to School Grants

AB 5 or SB 5 requires that preference must be given to those schools with a high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price meals when awarding grants for the Farm to School Program.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Slowly but surely, healthy lifestyle countries are developing poorer eating habits caused by the globalization of western diets. Register for this week’s Webinar Wednesday and learn how other countries are combating this more recent issue, along with preceding issues of funding and waste in their school nutrition programs. 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.

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.

USDA’s Data Validation Service: A Cloud-Based Solution to Improved Verification Reporting
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Join USDA for a live demo of their cloud-based service to simplify the process of school meal verification data reporting and validation.

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Help Shape Federal Policy at SNA’s 2020 LAC

SNA’s 48th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is just around the corner! Starting March 8, come prepared to strengthen your advocacy skills, network with hundreds of school nutrition professionals and close out #LAC2020 by making your voice heard on Capitol Hill. There’s still time to register online or onsite at the conference!

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (February 18th) in 1986, the first anti-smoking ad appears on tv featuring which “King and I” star?
A: Yul Brynner

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