Tuesday Morning - January 19, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

FNS Publishes Oversight Plan Waiver to Assist State Agencies

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on School Food Purchase Study  

Team Nutrition Announces Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development

Save the Date for the 49th Legislative Action Conference: March 8-10, 2021

State Snapshots

Florida Introduces Legislation to Allow Students to Leave During Lunch Period

New York Farm to School Program and Garden Fund

New York Proposes Bill Requiring Halal and Kosher Meal Options

New York Creates Legislation to Provide Plant-based Meals

Oregon Presents Bill to Provide School Meals at No Charge 

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars 
Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

FNS Publishes Oversight Plan Waiver to Assist State Agencies 

On January 13th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the " Oversight Plan Waiver." This plan illustrates FNS's commitment to approving state waivers that help support State Agencies and program operators as they strive to meet child nutrition program requirements. 

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The school nutrition staff and transportation team at Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine, Illinois, deliver thousands of school meals to students in their community every day. 

Federal Policy

SNA Submits Comments on School Food Purchase Study  

On January 11, SNA submitted its comments on the Federal Register notice, "Comment Request related to the Food and Nutrition Service School Food Purchase Study IV." In these comments, SNA outlines the struggles that School Food Authorities (SFA's) face with the current food supply chain and food availability during the pandemic. In addition, SNA requests useful suggestions on successful purchasing techniques to assist SFAs. Read SNA's full comments.   

Team Nutrition Announces Training Grants for School Meal Recipe Development

On January 12th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Team Nutrition published training grants to develop new recipes for school meals. This grant program will help schools offer more meals with recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences. USDA will award approximately $4.8 million in grants to State Agencies and up to $300,000 to those agencies that administer Federal school meal programs. Applications are due April 19, 2021.

Save the Date for the 49th Legislative Action Conference: March 8-10, 2021

Mark your calendars for the 49th Legislative Action Conference, March 8-10, 2021—a virtual event—to experience The Power of One: The Impact of Many. As part of this year’s ZOOM the Hill, LAC attendees will join their colleagues in advocating for SNA’s new 2021 Position Paper. LAC resources, including Position Paper fact sheets and talking points can be found here. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event! Register now for #LAC21!

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State Snapshots

Florida Introduces Legislation to Allow Students to Leave During Lunch Period

HB 211 authorizes school boards to adopt programs and policies for students to leave school grounds during school lunch periods; however, all programs require parental consent for a student to participate.

New York Farm to School Program and Garden Fund

S 1511 establishes the New York Farm to School Program and School Garden Fund to develop school gardens and purchase equipment and educational materials to promote students' consumption of local products.

New York Proposes Bill Requiring Halal and Kosher Meal Options

S 828 requires specified public schools to offer Halal and Kosher meal options during lunch.

New York Creates Legislation to Provide Plant-based Meals

A 301 requires all public schools to provide plant-based food options during breakfast and lunch.

Oregon Presents Bill to Provide School Meals at No Charge 

HB 2536 requires each school or school district to offer lunches and breakfasts at no charge to students if that school or district meets the federal meal program requirements or if a student is from a household with an income that does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty guidelines.

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Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars

Next month, join us for our Webinar Wednesday and learn about USDA Foods. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Advocating for SNA’s 2021 Position Paper
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 3:00 PM ET
Join SNA and the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) to hone messaging strategies and prepare you for a successful 2021 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) and advocacy filled year! This presentation will explain how the best citizen advocates research their Members of Congress; use their Members' profiles to adjust their communications; and connect the dots between SNA’s 2021 Position Paper and your Congressional representative's influence. In these fast-changing times, effective advocacy is more critical than ever as we work to ensure sustainability and success for school nutrition programs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 3:00 PM ET
When it comes to USDA Foods, diverting what you will use and using what you divert has never been more important. Join ACDA and SNA representatives to learn how to make the most of USDA Foods as you plan for next school year.
  

Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

The VIRTUAL Citizen-Advocate's Toolkit
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 3:00 pm ET
Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping in touch with constituents is among the most important job aspects for Members of Congress. With most Members of Congress taking steps to observe social distancing protocols, congressional offices quickly adopted the use of virtual platforms to communicate with the people they represent. This presentation will highlight and provide tips for effectively using virtual advocacy strategies for engaging lawmakers including virtual meetings, emailing staff, social media, online and telephone town hall meetings, and more.

Mystery Chat Corner

On January 19, 1955, who was the first president to film a presidential news conference for TV?                                            
A: Dwight D. Eisenhower

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