Tuesday Morning - January 15, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Releases 2019 Position Paper
U.S. House Passes Agriculture Spending Bill
Child Nutrition Programs to be Funded into March
Request for Proposals: 2019 School Breakfast Leadership Institute

State Snapshots

Newly Convened State Legislatures Introduce School Meals Bills

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Releases 2019 Position Paper

SNA has released its 2019 Position Paper, calling on Congress and the Administration to bolster school meals programs and minimize regulatory burdens. The Paper outlines the Association’s legislative priorities in advance of the 47th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) next month in Washington, D.C.

In a press release, SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS, commented, “School meals contribute to the health and academic achievement of nearly 30 million students each school day. To ensure all students can benefit from healthy school lunches and breakfasts, Congress and USDA must support efforts to increase student participation in school meals and streamline overly complex regulations that hinder program efficiencies."

Visit www.SchoolNutrition.org/PositionPaper to read the Position Paper, which includes links to fact sheets providing additional details about each request. SNA’s LAC Resources page contains sample talking points, tweets and other resources to assist members with discussing the 2019 Position Paper with their congressional representatives and to help LAC attendees to prepare for the “Charge to the Hill” on February 26.

U.S. House Passes Agriculture Spending Bill

On Thursday, January 10, the U.S. House passed a bill to fund the Agriculture Department (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for FY 2019. H.R. 265, among other provisions, contains $20 million dollars for School Breakfast Program (SBP) commodities, an ongoing legislative priority for SNA. Passage of this bill in the House is a positive step, but the bill is not expected to be considered by the Senate until border security disputes are resolved and the government shutdown is ended.

Child Nutrition Programs to be Funded into March

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has provided an update on the availability of funding for Child Nutrition Programs during the partial government shutdown. FNS has provided state agencies with additional available appropriated funding that will support program operations at normal levels well into the month of March.

The programs supported by this funding include the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), SBP, the Special Milk Program (SMP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and State Administrative Expenses.

FNS staff will continue to be furloughed during the lapse in appropriated funds and will not be available by phone or email. We encourage members to continue using their state agency and SNA as resources for the duration of the shutdown.

SNA will provide further updates as information becomes available.

Request for Proposals: 2019 School Breakfast Leadership Institute

No Kid Hungry is now accepting proposals for its second School Breakfast Leadership Institute to be held June 11-12 in New Orleans. Proposals are due March 6. Selected state teams will receive a $50,000 grant to implement a comprehensive action plan in order to expand access to school breakfast within their state. Learn more about the Institute and view the RFP here.

State Snapshots

Newly Convened State Legislatures Introduce School Meals Bills

Just two weeks into the new year, legislatures in five states have already introduced six bills impacting school meals programs. Lawmakers in thirty-four states and the District of Columbia have headed back to work, so make sure to keep up-to-date on the news in your state capitol. Below are the school meals bills introduced so far this year:

  • Missouri
    HB 132 and HB 309 would require schools to offer Breakfast After the Bell if 70% or more of their students were eligible for free or reduced-price meals the previous year, or if they use the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
  • New York
    SB 252 would allow school districts to favor locally sourced goods and services in procurement bids.
  • Rhode Island
    H 5100 would require free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.
  • South Carolina
    H 3328 would require schools to provide students eligible for free and reduced-price meals the same meal and milk choices available to students who pay full price.
  • West Virginia
    SB 14 would establish the West Virginia Farm-to-School Grant Program.

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.

What to Expect at #LAC2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Want to learn more about SNA’s 2019 LAC? Looking for tips about how to leave an impression with your Member of Congress? This webinar is for you!
No CEUs will be awarded for this webinar.

Best of #SNIC19: Food Service Trends
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
As presented at #SNIC19, Menu Matters President Maeve Webster will bring you the leading foodservice trends and how these trends will impact student preferences and your school nutrition program.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

On January 15, 1967, the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles.
Super Bowl I pitted the National Football League’s (NFL) Green Bay Packers against the American Football League’s (AFL) Kansas City Chiefs and ended with a 35-10 victory for Green Bay. The game was a result of the pending merger between the National Football League and the American Football League, who, after years as separate entities, agreed to become a single league starting in 1969. .

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