Tuesday Morning - February 26, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Speaks at LAC 2019
SNA Policy Priorities Included in 2019 Appropriations Bill
FNS Issues Memo Supporting Administrative Review Cycle Flexibility
USDA and HHS Announce Members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

State Snapshots

2018 Year End State Legislative Report Now Available!
Maine SNA President-Elect Testifies at Hearing on “Lunch Shaming” Bill
Colorado SNA Pushes to Further Expand State Support for Reduced Price Students
Minnesota House Considers Unpaid Meals Bill

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Speaks at LAC 2019

On Monday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed school nutrition professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. for SNA’s 47th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). Sec. Perdue spoke during LAC’s Closing General Session, as approximately 900 school nutrition professionals from across the country prepared to urge Congress to minimize regulatory burdens and bolster school meal programs for the nearly 30 million students served each day.

SNA Policy Priorities Included in 2019 Appropriations Bill

The 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill signed into law this month included two SNA policy priorities. The law provides $20,000,000 in commodity support for the School Breakfast Program and $30,000,000 for school nutrition equipment grants. Increasing commodity support for school breakfast remains a key SNA priority this year and was included in the 2019 Position Paper .

FNS Issues Memo Supporting Administrative Review Cycle Flexibility

On Friday, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a memo to provide guidance to State agencies who have determined that the 3-year review cycle hinders effective allocation of State agency resources and negatively impacts program management. FNS will allow State agencies to request waivers of the 3-year review requirement and extend the review cycle.

The memo also noted that FNS “strongly encourages” State agencies to coordinate internally when they administer multiple programs to identify opportunities to streamline the review and participation requirements for Child Nutrition Programs. Specifically, FNS encourages states to allow SFAs to align CNP administrative activities and perform different monitoring activities concurrently, such as administering procurement reviews and administrative reviews on the same cycle.

USDA and HHS Announce Members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Healthy and Human Services (HHS) announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee will review scientific evidence to provide a report to USDA and HHS to inform their development of the 2020 – 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). The DGAs are updated every five years and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs and policies, providing food-based recommendations to help prevent diet-related chronic diseases and promote overall health.

State Snapshots

2018 Year End State Legislative Report Now Available!

State legislatures in 32 states considered 138 school meals bills last year! Check out the Year End State Legislative Summary to learn about the bills signed into law and trends in state school meals policy.

Maine SNA President-Elect Testifies at Hearing on “Lunch Shaming” Bill

David Roberts, President-Elect of the Maine School Nutrition Association, offered testimony on LD 167 last week before the Maine legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The bill would require schools to provide a meal to any student who requests one, regardless of ability to pay or debt accrued. At the hearing, Mr. Roberts expressed Maine SNA’s opposition to the bill, though noted that they support the idea behind it. “I would love to support this bill wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, I am answerable to our school boards,” said Mr. Roberts. He cited examples from other states where similar policies led to increased debt, including Denver Public Schools, which according to news reports saw yearly lunch debt increase from $13,000 to $356,000.

Colorado SNA Pushes to Further Expand State Support for Reduced Price Students

Last year, Colorado SNA successfully pushed for expanded state support for reduced price student co-pays to grades K-8. Now, they’re working with state legislators on a new bill to provide free lunches to all reduced price eligible students.

Minnesota House Considers Unpaid Meals Bill

At a hearing last Wednesday, the Minnesota House Education Policy Committee considered HF 55, a bill that would require school districts to adopt and post to its website a school meals policy that clearly communicates the protocol for when a student cannot afford a meal and prohibits actions that would shame or ostracize the student. The committee voted to hold HF 55 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Mark Your Calendars

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

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming were established on February 26, 1919 and 1929, respectively.
President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill establishing Grand Canyon National Park in 1919, after two previous bills failed in 1910 and 1911. President Calvin Coolidge signed an executive order establishing Grand Teton National Park in 1929. Today the two parks see over 9 million visitors per year.

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