Tuesday Morning - February 27, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky to Speak at SNA’s LAC
National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, 2018
CACFP Week is March 11-17
Get Ready for the Farm School Census
Request for Applications Open for Agriculture in the Classroom Program

State Snapshots

New Jersey Unpaid Meal Policy Bill
West Virginia Shared Table Bill Passes House

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars
Food Research & Action Center Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner

Federal Policy

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Steve Censky, to Speak at SNA’s LAC

Steve Censky, current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will attend and speak at the SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), starting March 4-6, 2018. Censky who was nominated by President Donald Trump and recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2017. Recently, he served as the CEO of the American Soybean Association for 21 years and held several appointments in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At LAC, Censky will provide remarks at the Closing General Session hosted on Monday, March 5. A week from today, hundreds of school nutrition professionals will charge Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of school meal programs and to promote SNA’s 2018 Position Paper!

National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, 2018

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is right around the corner! Each school celebrates in its own way, from decorations to inviting special guests for breakfast. The goal of NSBW week is to raise awareness of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and to increase participation! This year’s NSBW will run from March 5-9, 2018 with the theme topic “I Heart School Breakfast.” For ideas to get started, SNA’s  NSBW resources provide a  #NSBW18 Toolkit, a  Certificate of Recognition, and many other tools to make your week a success. Promote #NSBW18 celebrations on all your social media pages!

CACFP Week is March 11-17

USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) serves over 4 million children with healthy meals and snacks. This year, National CACFP Week is March 11-17 and is intended to be an education and information campaign about the program and how it combats hunger. CACFP is available for children across the country in child care centers, homes and afterschool programs, as well as adults in daycare. Check out the National CACFP Sponsors Association’s website for tools to start planning your CACFP Week now, such as a tool kit, sample letters and sample press releases.

Get Ready for the Farm to School Census

The 2019 Farm to School Census, which assesses school districts’ farm to school activities in the 2017-18 school year, will be distributed in Winter 2019. In the meantime, school districts and partners can get ready and start tracking activities that are happening right now. The Census questions will measure things such as school districts’ definition of local, the programs that serve local foods and the benefits and challenges to Farm to School. Use these evaluation resources to track local food purchases and Farm to School activities, and connect with your Regional Farm to School Lead. Visit the Census site for more information.

Request for Applications Now Open for Agriculture in the Classroom Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) hosts the Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) which serves nearly 5 million students and 60,000 teachers annually to promote linking agriculture and education. The AITC Program takes place in the form of workshops, conferences, field trips, farm tours, and other educational activities, and emphasizes science literacy, agricultural careers, nutrition and pre-service and professional development opportunities for teachers. The Request for Applications (RFA) is now available and applications are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

State Snapshots

New Jersey Unpaid Meal Policy Bill

S 1896, which requires school districts to report quarterly to the USDA the number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch, was introduced on February 15.

West Virginia Shared Table Bill Passes House

HB 4478 passed the House on February 21, 2018. The bill authorizes public schools to create a Shared Table Program to allow for distribution of excess school food to students and others who are food insecure.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

With our newly created webinar series you can learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Register Now:
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.

Registration Coming Soon:
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.

Food Research & Action Center 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. Whether you’re new to summer meals or a veteran, there are tips and tricks for fine-tuning operations for a more sustainable and 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 currently vast opportunities to streamline and simplify the process of 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 become familiar 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 and high-quality meals help to attract children to educational and enrichment programs 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

5 Days until SNA’s Legislative Action Conference!

LAC is almost here! SNA is excited to host the annual conference in D.C., bringing together members from all over the country to discuss school nutrition policy and to advocate directly to Congress on behalf of child nutrition programs! With nearly 900 attendees, this year is sure to be as exciting, educational, and enriching as ever. Check out the Legislative Action Conference page for more information about sessions, registration and special events! We look forward to seeing you there!

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