Tuesday Morning - January 14, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Visits McClintock Middle School (NC)
Child Nutrition Program Operations Study II, School Year 2015-2016
USDA Foods in Schools
Brandon Lipps Nominated for Under Secretary of USDA FNCS

State Snapshots

States Pass Legislation to Curb Food Waste
Kentucky Management Audit Criteria Legislation
Missouri CEP and Breakfast Legislation
Tennessee Anti-Lunch Shaming Act
Utah Amendments to Revenue and Reporting Requirements
Vermont Universal Meals Bill
Washington Pre-files F/R Communications Bill

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
No Kid Hungry Webinar: Engaging Community Partners in Summer Meals Planning for the New Year

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Visits McClintock Middle School (NC)

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Visits McClintock Middle School (NC)

On January 9, 2020, USDA Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps visited McClintock Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina to eat lunch with SNA members and students. In attendance was Cathy Beam, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Frank Gilbert, School Nutrition Area Supervisor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and SNA-NC President, and Lynn Harvey, Former SNA President and School Nutrition Services Chief at NC Department of Public Instruction. To learn how to host your lawmakers and regulators at your school, view SNA’s Cafeteria Site Visit resources!  

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Child Nutrition Program Operations Study II, School Year 2015-2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the Child Nutrition Program Operations Study II (CN-OPS II). This report is part of a multi-year study that provides the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) with data and information on current State Agency (SA) and School Food Authority (SFA) policies and practices. This study also includes issues related to school nutrition service operations, financial management, meal counting, training and professional standards, food service equipment and technology. This operations study is used to inform the development of Child Nutrition program management and policy. 

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USDA Foods in Schools

USDA conducted an analysis of food purchases and spending at the national and state levels for four school years. Data and information were collected on USDA Foods through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Order Receipt System (FFAVORS).  USDA then created infographics to display national data for school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. These infographics display information on USDA Foods direct delivery, USDA Foods bulk for processing and the USDA Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Check out USDA infographics here.

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Brandon Lipps Nominated for Under Secretary of USDA FNCS

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the nomination of Brandon Lipps as Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Brandon Lipps served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services and also as Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service since July 2017. View a video of Lipps addressing school nutrition professionals at SNA’s 2018 ANC.

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State Snapshots

States Pass Legislation to Curb Food Waste

Multiple states (FL, NH, NM, VA) have introduced legislation to curb food waste in schools, requesting working groups and establishing food donation programs.

Florida Breakfast Expansion and Food Waste Bill
SB1526 creates a food donation program and sets requirements for efforts in reducing food waste. The bill removes the option for low income schools to opt out of universal breakfast and provides additional funding for schools utilizing an alternative breakfast model. This bill also provides additional reimbursement for the use of local foods. 

New Hampshire Food Waste Committee Legislation
HB1703 creates a research committee on recycling and solid waste. This food waste working group must include a representative for the department of education school lunch program.

New Mexico Pre-files Memorial to Create Working Group
SM10 asks the New Mexico Public Education Department to create a working group to study food insecurity, food waste, academic benefits of proper nutrition and the repackaging of school meals for donations to students.

Virginia Introduces Legislation for the Donation of Excess food
HB698 allows schools to distribute excess food to low-income students. The Virginia School Board shall establish the method of distribution.

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Kentucky Management Audit Criteria Legislation

HB50 sets requirements for criteria to include when conducting a management audit and specifies follow up required if deficiencies are found, as well as other provisions.

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Missouri CEP and Breakfast Legislation

HB1931 requires any public or charter school to offer breakfast after the bell program if 70% or more students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

HB1818 sets guidelines for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and the calculation for free and reduced price meal eligibility.

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Tennessee Anti-Lunch Shaming Act

HB1589 prohibits schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal or has accumulated unpaid meal charges. This bill also directs all communication about a student’s meal debt to the parents or guardians. In addition, a school shall not require payment for fees or costs related to collection agencies.

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Utah Amendments to Revenue and Reporting Requirements

HB16 amends specific provisions regarding the use of school meal revenue and sets reporting requirements for the school breakfast program. Specifically, this bill requires an annual review of participation in the school breakfast program.

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Vermont Universal Meals Bill

S223 requires all public schools to make available school breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. The cost of school meals that are not reimbursed through federal funds or other resources would be borne by school districts, and therefore the education fund.

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Washington Pre-files F/R Communications Bill

HB2298 requires schools to provide all families of public-schoolstudents with information about free and reduced price meals available to students whenschool is out of session.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

With a growing emphasis on procurement in school nutrition, it’s important to make sure you do things right. Register for our next upcoming webinar and find your way to a clean, effective procurement process. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Procurement Do's and Don'ts for Operators
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
With a growing emphasis on procurement in school nutrition, it’s important to make sure you do things right and, perhaps more importantly, that you don’t do things that can undermine your professionalism and your program. SNA has developed guidance to help you find your way to a clean, effective procurement process.

Best of #SNIC20: Creating a NextGen Customer Experience Strategy
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
As presented at #SNIC20, in this webinar learn what it takes to build a culture that keeps your student customers at the center every day and how to create next-generation customer experiences..

Community Eligibility Provision: Title I
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have partnered together to bring you a webinar focused on community eligibility.

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No Kid Hungry Webinar: Engaging Community Partners in Summer Meals Planning for the New Year

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Tune in for the first installment of No Kid Hungry’s 2020 ‘School’s Out, Food’s In’ summer meals webinar series! This webinar will highlight effective strategies for community partner engagement as well as practical recommendations for developing and implementing a plan to improve and/or expand your program. Hear from experts who draw from their own experience to highlight keys to success and be sure to bring your own questions and ideas to share during interactive Q&A sessions. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (January 14th) in 1984, what pop star sang “Holiday” for the first time on American Bandstand.
A: Madonna

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