Tuesday Morning - January 18, 2022

Tuesday Morning

1 big thing: Strengthen your advocacy with SNA’s new infographic

2022 Position Paper Illustrated

What’s new: SNA’s 2022 Position Paper infographic is now available. 

Why it matters: A powerful illustration of the asks in SNA’s 2022 Position Paper , an infographic has been designed to strengthen your advocacy messaging with legislators and stakeholders. 

Big picture: As widespread  issues with discontinued school menu items, shortages and higher prices wreak havoc on the bid process, the  2022 Position Paper  stresses the urgent need to provide school meal programs and their suppliers with the assurance of  waiver extensions.  

Go deeper: The Paper also calls for long-term changes to child nutrition programs, including an increase to  reimbursements for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, permanently  offering all students healthy, free school meals to support academic achievement,  easing rules on sodium, whole grains and milk, and  reducing regulatory burdens.  

What’s next: Download the infographic to use while championing your efforts to promote the advancement and sustainability of school meal programs.

2. Upcoming webinar spotlights school meal advocacy efforts in 2022

Join us on February 9 at 2 p.m. EST for  School Meal Advocacy in 2022 .

On this webinar, SNA’s Government Affairs team will review the association’s  2022 Position Paper  and share best practices for advocating on behalf of school meal programs, including tips on how to establish and foster relationships with key stakeholders.

The details: Together with other School Nutrition advocates,

  • Meet SNA’s legislative team.

  • Gain insight into how SNA’s policy positions are formed.

  • Review committees, including leadership members, in both the Senate and House, which are key decision makers to school nutrition programs.

  • Deep dive into SNA’s 2022 Position Paper and accompanying resources.

  • Master advocacy strategies for congressional visits.

What’s next:  Register today. All members are encouraged to participate —especially those attending #LAC22.

3. SNA endorses bill to expand student access to afterschool meals

Kids eating snacks outside

What’s new: Representatives Shontel M. Brown (OH-11) and Jahana Hayes (CT-5) introduced the Afterschool Meals Act to enable schools to provide meals to children in afterschool care seamlessly through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). 

  • Eligible schools can currently serve snacks to students during afterschool programming but through the NSLP After-School Snack Program. The program, however, only allows for a two-component snack, and participation in the program is much lower than that of NSLP and the School Breakfast Program.

Why it matters:  The Afterschool Act will

  • Expand the afterschool feeding component of NSLP to include meals that meet federal nutrition standards;  

  • Provide reimbursements to School Food Authorities for each free or reduced meal they serve; and  

  • Grant prioritization to existing Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) afterschool meal programs.

Learn more .

4. State legislative updates

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Missouri state representative Robert Sauls introduced  legislation to require schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program to serve reimbursable meals to students who request them.  

  • Why it matters: The bill prohibits requiring students to throw away a meal after it has been served due to inability to pay or a previous meal debt. It also establishes guidance to address meal debt. 

Virginia Delegate Danica Roem has introduced a bill that would require public elementary and secondary schools to process applications for the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program within five working days.  

  • Why it matters:Each local school board that collects information to determine eligibility for participation in the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program administered by USDA will establish and post prominently on its website a web-based application for student participation in such program and shall continue to provide a paper-based application.” 

5. Strategies in storytelling: An #LAC22 pre-conference workshop

»What is your story?«

Are you attending SNA’s 2022 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) March 6-8, 2022, in Washington, D.C.?

Join us at LAC’s pre-conference workshopStrategies in Storytelling: Learn to "Author" a Successful Campaign to Win Over Your Legislators and the Public Too!  

Why it matters: During this interactive pre-conference session on March 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you will research your legislators and their positions and craft a persuasive "elevator pitch" to use during your Hill visits.

The big picture: Storytelling is a critical component to all successful advocacy efforts. By weaving facts, data and real-life examples into a compelling, memorable storyline, school nutrition professionals can garner the attention of key legislators and spark action in the halls of Congress.  

  • You'll also glean strategies for lobbying after COVID, including key steps for making a lasting impression when you return home.

The bottom line: These storytelling strategies will serve you well—whether you need to win over legislators, reporters, school board officials or parents!

What’s next: Register for #LAC22, along with this pre-conference workshop, by January 21, 2022, to take advantage of early-bird registration. 

  • Please note that to attend #LAC22 and this pre-conference workshop, you must be vaccinated in accordance with the District of Columbia’s mandate  requiring a COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor facilities, including meeting establishments.  Learn more .

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