Tuesday Morning - February 20, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Legislation Introduced to Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods
USDA Extends Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs Comment Period
FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Scorecard
March is National Nutrition Month!

State Snapshots

Arizona State University Conducting Survey on Vegetable Marketing Materials in Schools
California Plant-Based Meal Options and Equipment Assistance
Hawaii Onsite Composting and Farm to School Bills Pass Committee
New Jersey Urges Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Maryland Hearing on Nutrition Standards

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
FRAC Upcoming Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Legislation Introduced to Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

Companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate, H.R. 4967 and S. 2409 respectively, known as the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018. The bills, introduced by Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), alongside U.S Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M), aim to address the issues of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases that plague the Native American community. The bill would change federal policy and allow Tribes to administer federal programs that provide free, healthy meals to children in schools, while simultaneously helping to alleviate some of the hurdles Tribes face in trying to access hunger and nutrition services.

The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act provides funding and adds federally recognized Indian Tribes to the list of governments authorized to administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), so that they may directly administer school food programs without going through state agencies. The bills were introduced on February 8, 2018, and were referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. More information can be found in Senator Udall’s press release.

USDA Extends Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs Comment Period

In a Federal Register Notice published on February 17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced that they were extending the comment period for the Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs: Request for Information (RFI). The information collection, as previously reported in Tuesday Morning, intended to help FNS gather feedback from stakeholders on how the crediting system can be improved, as well as to offer customer service to those operating and benefitting from the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). The new due date for comments is April 23, 2018, and can be submitted through the Federal Register.

FRAC Releases Annual School Breakfast Scorecard

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released its School Breakfast Scorecard, which uses a variety of metrics to measure the reach of the School Breakfast Program nationally and in each state during the 2016-17 school year. The report also examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation and compares the number of schools offering the School Breakfast Program to the number of schools operating the National School Lunch Program.

The report found that nearly 12.2 million children participated in the School Breakfast Program on an average day, nearly 70,000 additional students than compared to the year before. Some other key findings include: the ratio of low-income children participating in school breakfast to low-income children participating in school lunch increased slight from 56 per 100 to 56.7, the number of schools offering school meal programs decreased slightly with 89,878 schools offering breakfast and 97,202 offering school lunch and the share of schools offering school breakfast, compared to those that offer school lunch, improved slightly to 92.5 percent, an increase from 92.2 percent in the previous school year. More information, including which states ranked the highest and lowest in school breakfast participation, read the full 2016-2017 School Breakfast Scorecard.

March is National Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is intended to highlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food,” which can be applied to starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event. The Academy’s website has some great tools to help celebrate and promote National Nutrition Month, including a National Nutrition Month Celebration Toolkit and several Handouts and Tipsheets for families and communities.

State Snapshots

Arizona State University Conducting Survey on Vegetable Marketing Materials in Schools

Arizona State has invited school foodservice members to participate in an online survey about fruit and vegetable marketing materials for children in schools. Participants will receive a $5 online gift card to Starbucks, Amazon or Target in 2-3 business days after completing the survey. Participants will also be entered for a chance to win one of the two $50 or one $100 Starbucks, Amazon or Target gift cards. They are looking for all levels of foodservice personnel to take the survey, and did not create any of the materials so are looking for honest feedback. Take the online survey now for your chance to win!

California Plant-Based Meal Options and Equipment Assistance

SB 1138 states the intent of the California Legislature to enact legislation to ensure that certain foodservice operations including those in schools, provide plant-based meal options.

AB 2271 requires the State Department of Education to provide a state grant of up to $100,000 to a school food authority that participates in the National School Lunch Program and receives a federal equipment assistant grant. The bill was introduced February 13th.

Hawaii Onsite Composting and Farm to School Bills Pass Committee

HB 2025, which establishes a composting grant pilot project in Hawaii Department of Education schools passed Committee on February 14th.

HB 2156, which appropriates funds for a farm to school program and requires collaboration between the State Department of Agriculture and Department of Education, also passed committee on February 14th.

New Jersey Urges Passage of Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The New Jersey Assembly introduced AR 118 on February 12th. The bill urges Congress to reauthorize the "Child Nutrition Act of 1966" while also noting lapse in reauthorization since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) expired on September 30, 2015.

Maryland Hearing on Nutrition Standards

HB 1545 would require more stringent milk, whole grains and sodium school meal standards than currently required under federal law.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Register Now:
Best of #SNIC18: Simple Tech Tools from Your Nerdy Best Friend
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In today's high-tech world, apps can solve all kinds of challenges in your School Nutrition Puzzle! We've brainstormed some of the toughest tasks in your typical day for this practical webinar with tech tools you just can't miss.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 2: Making It Work With ISPs Below 60%
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have partnered to bring you this webinar. Learn how other districts have operated community eligibility with ISPs below 60% to see if you can make it work in your district.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

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Best of #SNIC18: When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 3: Strategies for Partial Implementation
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have partnered to bring you this webinar. Learn more about the flexibility of school districts in implementing CEP.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

FRAC Upcoming Webinars

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) provides their Meals Matter Webinar Series to assist school nutrition operators in their meal programs.

Showcasing Summer Meal Programs and Service Models
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
Summer Meal Program operations are shaped by the needs of the community and the capacity of the program. But whether you’re new to summer meals or a veteran, there are tips and tricks for fine-tuning operations for a more sustainable, cost-effective program. This call will highlight Summer Meal Programs that use different service models, as well as best practices for staff training and volunteers; meal service and vendor relations; menu planning and site staff; and programming activities.

Streamlining and Simplifying the Afterschool Meal Program
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
There are many opportunities to streamline and simplify the process and administrative requirements for schools and sponsors operating multiple child nutrition programs. Learn how states are implementing the streamlining options that are available to them.

Getting the Word Out About Summer Meals
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
State agencies, summer programs, and advocates can boost participation by utilizing different strategies for spreading the word about the availability of summer meals to families leading up to summer and once programs begin. On this call you will hear about effective methods and resources to promote programs, raise awareness, and ensure more families are connected to summer meals this year.

Improving Afterschool Meal Quality and Reducing Waste
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
Healthy, high-quality meals help to attract children to come to educational and enrichment programming and keep them coming throughout the school year, while also reducing waste. Communicating with vendors, incorporating feedback from children, and farm to school initiatives are just some successful strategies. Join us to learn how afterschool programs, advocates, and community partners can improve meal quality and appeal while being conscious of ways to reduce food waste.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to SNA’s LAC: 12 Days!
SNA’s 46th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) will be here before you know it! This year’s conference will be three days packed with education sessions, insightful speakers and an empowering opportunity to let your voice be heard on Capitol Hill. As a recap, keynote speakers include political experts Peter Hart and Frank Luntz and nutrition expert Dr. Keith Ayoob. This year’s four breakout sessions are titled LAC 101: Strategies for Successful Hill Visits, Mastering Forecasting: How to Effectively Utilize All Your Entitlement, Natural Disasters: Preparation and Impact, and Procurement Ethics: What Should You Do? General sessions include a USDA 2018 update, a session on block grants, and a “Charge the Hill” presentation to get you ready for your Hill visits! Online registration is closed but you can still register onsite!

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