Tuesday Morning - January 22, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Senate and House Appropriations Committees Announce Subcommittee Members
LAST CHANCE to Register for “What to Expect at #LAC19”
SNA Releases 2019 Position Paper
Child Nutrition Programs to be Funded into March

State Snapshots

Nebraska Bill Would Eliminate Reduced-Price Co-Pays for Breakfast and Lunch
D.C. Mayor Signs Healthy Students Amendment Act into Law

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Senate and House Appropriations Committees Announce Subcommittee Members

The U.S. Senate and House Appropriations committees have announced subcommittee members, including Senate and House Agriculture subcommittees, which oversee appropriations of school nutrition programs. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is no longer on the Senate Agriculture subcommittee and Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-LA) has been added. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) have been added to the House Agriculture subcommittee.

LAST CHANCE to Register for “What to Expect at #LAC19”

Want to learn more about SNA’s 2019 Legislative Action Conference (LAC)? Looking for tips about how to leave an impression with your Member of Congress? Join us today, at 2:00p.m. ET, for this informative webinar!

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.

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.

State Snapshots

Nebraska Bill Would Eliminate Reduced-Price Co-Pays for Breakfast and Lunch

Last week, LB 251 was introduced in the Nebraska legislature. If passed, the Child Hunger and Workforce Readiness Act would require school breakfasts and lunches to be provided to reduced-price-eligible students at no cost and would direct the State Department of Education to reimburse school districts for the student’s share.

D.C. Mayor Signs Healthy Students Amendment Act into Law

On Wednesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an overhaul of the District’s school meals program into law. The Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018 will provide significant investments in school nutrition while reducing some of the regulatory burdens school meals programs face. The bill repeals the District’s sodium requirements, which were passed before stricter federal requirements were implemented. It also adopts federal nutrition standards for competitive foods and eliminates overly burdensome reporting requirements in favor of a biennial comprehensive report.

The bill also takes numerous steps to expand access to and participation in school breakfast programs. It expands funding for school breakfast, providing $2 per student annually to certain schools that provide breakfast in the classroom, in addition to increasing the reimbursement rate for breakfast by $0.10 per meal. It also authorizes the Superintendent of Education to grant one-year waivers to schools required to serve breakfast in the classroom that want to pilot alternative service models and requires all schools to offer breakfast after the bell.

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: It’s Your Business! #KidsToday - What Do They Want?
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.

Making Community Eligibility Work: Participating with Low ISPs and Making Partial District Implementation
Wednesday, February 6, 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 RDs/DTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

The first “Jumbo Jet,” a Boeing 747, made its first commercial flight on January 22, 1970.
Operated by Pan Am on its route from JFK Airport in New York to Heathrow Airport in London, the plane made the trip in six and a half hours carrying 324 passengers. Unfortunately, the plane was still seven hours late after mechanical issues caused a delayed takeoff, leading passenger David Susskind to sarcastically tell a reporter "It was the most sensational flight experience I have ever had."

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