Tuesday Morning - February 4, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Team Nutrition Announces Training Grants for School Recipe Development
FNS Posts 2020 Reimbursement Rates for SFSP

State Snapshots

California Introduces Act Requiring Schools to Provide Free Meals to Reduced Price Eligible Pupils
Hawaii Introduces Food Waste Initiative
Iowa Introduces Legislation to Establish Assistance Fund
New Mexico Introduces Bill to Eliminate Reduced Price Co-Pay for Breakfast
New Jersey Introduces Bill to Expand School Breakfast Program Eligibility
Oregon Introduces Legislation to Provide Breakfast to All Eligible Students
Rhode Island Introduces Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill
Washington Introduces Breakfast Eligibility Bill
West Virginia Introduces Bill Modifying Definitions and Certain Paygrades for Cafeteria Workers
Wyoming Bill to Establish the Surplus Food Program

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Team Nutrition Announces Training Grants for School Recipe Development

For Fiscal Year 2020, Team Nutrition will award approximately $5.2 million to state agencies in training grants for the development of school meal recipes. State agencies will develop new school meal recipes that feature local agriculture and fresh ingredients through this grant program. Visit the Team Nutrition Training Grants Webpage for more information and to register for an informational webinar. Letters of intent are due February 21, 2020.

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FNS Posts 2020 Reimbursement Rates for SFSP

On January 30, 2020, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced its annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children in a Federal Register notice. This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children. These adjustments address changes in the Consumer Price Index.

USDA previously announced the SY 2019/20 Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk. SNA posts current school meal participation statistics, reimbursement rates, income eligibility rates, and other critical information in the About School Meals section of SNA’s website.

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State Snapshots

California Introduces Act Requiring Schools to Provide Free Meals to Reduced Price Eligible Pupils

AB 1995 would require schools to provide pupils who are eligible to receive a reduced priced meal, that meal free of charge. The bill would authorize a school district or county office of education to use funds made available through any federal, to the extent allowed, or state program relating to the provision of meals to pupils, as provided.

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Hawaii Introduces Food Waste Initiative

HB 2740 would establish long-term targets to address food waste and to improve sustainable meals in Hawaii’s public schools. This act would also encourage increasing the availability of plant-based alternatives in school meals to improve student health.

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Iowa Introduces Legislation to Establish Assistance Fund

HF 2116 would establish a reduced-fee lunch assistance fund to provide money to educational facilities to further reduce the cost of reduced priced co-pay lunches for eligible children.

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New Mexico Introduces Bill to Eliminate Reduced Price Co-Pay for Breakfast

HB 10 would provide funding to each school district and charter school that administers a school breakfast or school lunch program to cover the cost of eliminating reduced price copayments. Funding will be based on a per-meal basis at the difference between the federal free meal rate and the reduced price copayment rate.

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New Jersey Introduces Bill to Expand School Breakfast Program Eligibility

A 2322 expands the school breakfast program to all schools that have 5% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.

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Oregon Introduces Legislation to Provide Breakfast to All Eligible Students

SB 1520 would require school districts to make breakfast available at no charge to all eligible students. For each breakfast that a school district provides free of charge to a student who is eligible for a reduced price lunch, the department shall provide reimbursement to the school district for the actual amount that a student would have been required to pay for a reduced price meal.

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Rhode Island Introduces Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

H 7313 requires schools to ensure that a pupil whose parent or guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not denied a meal of the pupil's choice because the pupil's parent or guardian has unpaid meal fees and ensure that the pupil is not shamed or treated differently from other students.

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Washington Introduces Bill to Expand CEP

HB 2660 would increase the availability of school meals provided to public school students at no student cost. In 2020- 2021, each school with a school lunch program and school breakfast program must make school meals available to all students at no charge if the school or district has an identified students percentage of at least 40% or 70% of the students of the school or school district qualify for free or reduced price meals.

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West Virginia Introduces Bill Modifying Definitions and Certain Paygrades for Cafeteria Workers

HB 4538 establishes terms and class titles for service and cafeteria personnel and pay grades of certain school cafeteria personnel; specifically, this bill establishes definitions for Cafeteria Manager, Clerk, Cook and Crew Leader.

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Wyoming Bill to Establish the Surplus Food Program

SF 54 would establish surplus food programs that provide surplus food at no cost to students for a snack or breakfast, lunch or dinner meal for students who are unable to purchase a meal. Surplus food provided under a school program may include unserved food and may be donated by a nonprofit entity.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

SNA and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have partnered together to bring you this week's webinar focused on community eligibility. Register now and learn how Title I funding and community eligibility interact. Plus, register for four additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Community Eligibility Provision: Title I
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and FRAC have partnered together to bring you a webinar focused on community eligibility.

Powering School Meals with U.S.-Grown Pulses
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will showcase creative, kid-approved ways to serve pulses – chickpeas, dry peas, beans and lentils – in school meals.

School Meals in Japan, Sweden and the US: Real-World Commonalities, Challenges and Successes
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Join a panel of international school nutrition experts as they highlight ways that food and nutrition professionals share global concerns and strategies for overcoming obstacles.

Adopting Top Food Trends & Managing Allergies at School Breakfast
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Come get inspired to incorporate hot food trends in your program and pick up 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 and how to make it work at lower ISPs.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (February 4th) in 1902, who became the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic?
A: Charles Lindbergh

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