Tuesday Morning - February 5, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

FNS Publishes Proposed Rule for SNAP Work Requirements
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) Introduces Whole Milk Bill
Federal Government Funded Through February 15

State Snapshots

Bills in CO and NM Provide State Funding to Increase Local Foods in School Meals
Maine Bill Would Eliminate Reduced-Price Student Co-Pay
School Breakfast Incentive Grants Proposed in New York State Assembly

Mark Your Calendars

2019 Legislative Action Conference
2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

FNS Publishes Proposed Rule for SNAP Work Requirements

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would limit states’ ability to seek a waiver from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) work requirements for areas with high unemployment or scarce job opportunities. Though this rule does not directly affect Child Nutrition Programs, many students are directly certified for free or reduced-price meals as a result of their families’ participation in SNAP, and SNA is concerned by any changes that could potentially disrupt a student’s ability to access school meals.

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) Introduces Whole Milk Bill

H.R. 832, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019, amends the National School Lunch Act to allow schools to serve both unflavored and flavored whole milk. “Milk is the No. 1 source of nine essential nutrients in the diets of our students, but if they don’t drink it these health benefits are lost,” Rep. Thompson said. Read more in his press release.

Federal Government Funded Through February 15

H.J. Res 28 reopens the government through February 15, 2019. The U.S. House and Senate members have convened a conference committee on Homeland Security appropriations. If a final FY 2019 appropriations bill or another continuing resolution is not passed and signed by the President by February 15, the Federal government will be under another partial shutdown. SNA is monitoring several legislative priorities, including $20 million for School Breakfast Program (SBP) commodities, which is currently included in the yet-to-be-passed FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

State Snapshots

Bills in CO and NM Provide State Funding to Increase Local Foods in School Meals

Two bills introduced in the Colorado and New Mexico legislatures would use state funds to increase the amount of local foods in school meals.

HB 1132 in Colorado would establish three incentive programs. The primary incentive would reimburse schools based on the amount they spent on Colorado grown, raised and processed products. A secondary incentive would reward schools for increasing the amount of Colorado products used. A third bonus incentive would be available to schools where at least fifty percent of the total products purchased were Colorado-grown. The bill also establishes funding for a statewide non-profit organization to develop and manage a grant program to assist with the promotion of Colorado products.

HB 328 in New Mexico would appropriate $350,000 for the purchase and distribution of New Mexico-grown fresh fruits and vegetables for school meal programs.

Maine Bill Would Eliminate Reduced-Price Student Co-Pay

A bill introduced in the Maine Senate, LD 549, would provide state funding to cover the student share of a reduced-price lunch. A similar proposal, LD 816, died during the last legislative session when the Senate adjourned without approving changes made by the House.

School Breakfast Incentive Grants Proposed in New York State Assembly

Bill A 3433 in the New York State Assembly would authorize the Commissioner of Education to establish the School Breakfast Incentive Program (SBIP), which would provide grants to schools that increase participation in their school breakfast program. Eligible schools must have an existing breakfast program operating for at least one year prior to applying for SBIP, with preference given to schools with a high percentage of free and reduced-price eligible students.

Mark Your Calendars

2019 Legislative Action Conference

Keeping our promise to American’s children—it starts here at #LAC19! Join forces with hundreds of SNA members and other school nutrition advocates in Washington, D.C., to advocate for national policy efforts supporting school nutrition programs and meet directly with legislators. SNA’s 47th Legislative Action Conference (LAC) takes place February 24-26, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis.

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, LAC and the first in a series of “Best of #SNIC19”! Missed a particular webinar? Catch up with SNAs’s on-demand webinars.

Making Community Eligibility Work: Participating with Low ISPs and Making Partial District Implementation
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Workforce strategist Kim Lear will decode the key trends shaping the future of work for every generation with a mix of data, storytelling and humor. Learn more about recruiting in a competitive landscape, creating collaborative workplaces, retaining employees and more!
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: Prepare Your Organization for the Workforce of the Future
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and FRAC have partnered to bring you a webinar focused on the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Join this webinar to learn about the strategies and resources available for making CEP work at schools with low ISPs and tips for doing partial-district implementation!
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

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.


Mystery Chat Corner

On February 5, 1782, the Siege of Fort St. Philip ended, and Spain regained control of Menorca.
Spain joined the American Revolution in 1779 to support France and the United States. When the war ended, Spain was granted East and West Florida and Menorca in the Treaty of Paris.

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