Tuesday Morning - February 25, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA Announces Summer Food Service Program Integrity Study
FNS Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool
Department of Labor Consumer Price Index Comment Request

State Snapshots

Georgia Introduces Bill on Hygiene and Social Graces Instruction for School Meals
Illinois Presents Legislation to Amend School Meal Programs
Maryland Legislation to Address Unpaid Meal Debt and Achievement Fund
New Jersey Announces Unpaid Meal Debt Bill
New Mexico Introduces Bill to Fund the Expansion School Food Programs
Rhode Island Creates Bill Regarding Recycling and Composting Procedures
Wisconsin Bill to Expand Milk Selection in Schools

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA Announces Summer Food Service Program Integrity Study

On February 19, 2020 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on the proposed records collection required for the Summer Food Service Program Integrity Study (SFSP).

The study aims to obtain information about the administration and oversight of the SFSP and to identify potential barriers to ensuring the integrity and effective management of the program. The study with collect data from State Agency directors and staff, local SFSP sponsor directors and staff, and SFSP site supervisors using web-based surveys and telephone interviews. All comments should be submitted by March 20, 2020.

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FNS Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool

On February 20, the USDA FNS published a comment request on a previously approved record collection for state agencies to record, track and manage the required training hours in four major areas (Nutrition, Operations, Administration, Communications and Marketing) This USDA tracking tool is available to local educational agencies and school food authorities through the FNS public website. Comments must be submitted by April 20, 2020.

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Department of Labor Consumer Price Index Comment Request

The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the “Consumer Price Index (CPI) Commodities and Services Survey.” Changes in the CPI impact National School Lunch and Breakfast Program reimbursements which are adjusted annually by the USDA based on the change in the CPI series, “Food away from Home.” Comments must be submitted by April 21, 2020.

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State Snapshots

Georgia Introduces Bill on Hygiene and Social Graces Instruction for School Meals

SB 387 amends the state-wide school lunch program to include instruction on nutrition, hygiene, etiquette and social graces for students and school nutrition personnel.

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Illinois Presents Legislation to Amend School Meal Programs

SB 3817 amends the Illinois school code to require the School Board of Education to develop and implement a School Unused Food Program that allows public schools to provide food that is unused by the school to needy children who are also students.

SB 3819 amends the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act to require every public school to have a free breakfast program and repeals provisions concerning a breakfast incentive program and applications.

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Maryland Legislation to Address Unpaid Meal Debt and Achievement Fund

HB 1145 establishes the Maryland Meals for Achievement Fund as a unique non-lapsing fund. A program that requires the Comptroller to distribute certain sales and use tax revenues from snack foods.

HB 1173 requires each county board of education to establish a meal charge policy to address payment for meals, unpaid meal debt, the prohibition of stigmatizing action and other issues.

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New Jersey Announces Unpaid Meal Debt Bill

S 1615 or A 1631 requires school districts take certain actions to increase participation in free or reduced priced meal programs and prohibits shaming students with unpaid meal debt.

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New Mexico Introduces Bill to Fund the Expansion School Food Programs

SB 252 appropriates $100,000 to expand school food programs to provide meals with local ingredients to low-income families during non-school hours from the general fund to the public education department for expenditure in the fiscal year 2021.

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Rhode Island Creates Bill Regarding Recycling and Composting Procedures

H 7507 requires schools to comply with recycling and composting laws. This bill also requires the use of share tables at all schools and promotes the donation of unspoiled nonperishable food.

Wisconsin Bill to Expand Milk Selection in Schools

AR 20 increases the number of milk options served in schools through the National School Lunch Program.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Register now for this week’s Webinar Wednesday and learn how to harness hot trends like plant-based eating, while managing common food allergens like peanuts. 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.

Adopting Top Food Trends & Managing Allergies at School Breakfast
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
School breakfast is an important part of the success of your program – and students. Learning to harness hot trends like plant-based eating, while managing common food allergens like peanuts can be daunting for menu planners. We believe that with appropriate planning, school nutrition programs can serve peanut foods even if there are individuals with peanut allergies in your schools! Learn how, and receive 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 Provision (CEP) 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
The USDA’s Data Validation Service (DVS) is a program that edits data sets and is designed to improve the quality of the school meal verification process. The webinar will provide an introduction to the DVS project and broadly describe the steps that are required to make the data call to the application programming interface, or API.

Best of #SNIC2020: Making it Happen: Sustainability and School Nutrition
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
From composting initiatives to reducing or changing packaging, what steps can you take to make your school nutrition program more sustainable? As presented at #SNIC2020, join this panel discussion to hear about sustainable practices from across the country and discuss what’s ahead for school nutrition.

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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

Under this US President, the first Legal Tender Act of 1862 is passed (February 25th) by US Congress, authorizing the United States Note (greenback) into circulation, the first flat paper money that was legal tender in America.
A: Abraham Lincoln

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