Tuesday Morning - February 19, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

LAC Mobile App Available for Download
U.S. Rep. Garamendi Reintroduces American Food for American Schools Act
USDA Unveils Team Nutrition Resources for March
FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Scorecard
USDA Foods from Farm to Plate: Available Foods List for SY 2019-20

State Snapshots

Maine Bill Would Provide Online School Meals Application
Bill to Eliminate Reduced Price Student Co-Pay Introduced in Washington

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

LAC Mobile App Available for Download

The LAC Mobile App can help you make the most of your time in D.C. Create a personalized agenda, connect with colleagues, find your legislator’s information and access conference resources all from your phone. Search “SNA Events” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

U.S. Rep. Garamendi Reintroduces American Food for American Schools Act

H.R. 1066, the American Food for American Schools Act, requires schools to inform parents when students are served food that has been produced outside of the U.S.

“Even in Northern Californian and Central Valley farming communities, some school districts use taxpayer dollars to buy imported foods. Some of those imported foods have been recalled due to safety concerns, when they could have been sourced locally in California,” said Congressman Garamendi (D-CA). “That’s why my American Food for American Schools Act would ensure that our schoolchildren are served nutritious, American-grown foods, produced under the strictest safety standards in the world.”

Read more in Rep. Garamendi’s (D-CA) press release.

USDA Unveils Team Nutrition Resources for March

On February 12, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its Free Nutrition Resources for March. These included useful graphics to promote healthy choices during March’s National Nutrition Month, recipes and educational material for National School Breakfast Week (including the MyPlate Guide to School Breakfast) and a newly updated Food Buying Guide Interactive Web Tool. Don’t miss their free March webinars and a new Serving School Meals to Preschoolers training tool!

FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Scorecard

The Food Research and Action Center released the annual School Breakfast Scorecard which ranks states and the District of Columbia on the basis of the rate of participation of low-income children in the School Breakfast Program compared to the National School Lunch Program. West Virginia topped the list with New Mexico and Vermont coming in second and third respectively. On an average school day during 2017-18, nearly 12.5 million low-income students participated in the School Breakfast Program, an increase of 1.2 percent from the previous year.

USDA Foods from Farm to Plate: Available Foods List for SY 2019-20

On February 15, 2018, USDA released a News & Notes update for USDA Foods from Farm to Plate with a Spotlight on Schools. This update includes the School Year 2019-20 Foods available list, information on trade mitigation purchases for schools and a segment on best practices for inventory management. This update also contains a new product preview expo that includes menu planning tools. Be sure to check out Spotlight on Schools for great school meal stories and to submit new product ideas or provide feedback on existing products, email USDAFoods@fns.usda.gov.

State Snapshots

Maine Bill Would Provide Online School Meals Application

LD 701 would require the state Department of Education to develop an online application for free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunch. The bill was referred to the House and Senate committees on Education and Cultural Affairs.

Bill to Eliminate Reduced Price Student Co-Pay Introduced in Washington

A bill introduced in the Washington House of Representatives would provide state funding to eliminate the student share of reduced-price school lunches. HB 1892 was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

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, "Best of #SNIC19," and the first of our "Best of #LAC19" series! Missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

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.

Best of #LAC19: Winning Over the Public on School Meals
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Legislators, parents, school administrators and media alike all have preconceptions about school meal programs – and too often they are based on foggy memories of what they ate for school lunch decades ago. As presented at #LAC19, this webinar will help you figure out how to move the needle, take advantage of all the communications tools at your disposal and change perceptions of school meals.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

On February 19, 1803, Congress approved Ohio’s admission to the union, but forgot to ratify its state constitution.
With its constitution unapproved by Congress, Ohio technically remained part of the Northwest Territory. Rep. George H. Bender introduced a bill in 1953 to retroactively ratify the Ohio constitution, and to backdate Ohio’s admission to the union to March 1, 1803. The bill passed, but not before Rep. John E. Lyle of Texas joked that “If Ohio is not a member of the Union and we have some illegal members of the Senate and the House here, I should like to know it.”

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