Tuesday Morning - January 26, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Publishes Second FFCRA Opt-in Waiver

USDA Announces Expansion of P-EBT

Federal Policy

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

Check out LAC 2021 Resources

State Snapshots

Arizona Introduces Legislation Requiring Water During School Meals  

Connecticut Presents Anti-lunch Shaming Bill

Illinois to Establish Anaphylactic Policies for Public Schools 

Minnesota Proposes Anti-Lunch Shaming School Meal Policy  

Mississippi Introduces the Healthy Foods Access Program Act 

New Hampshire Bill to Prohibit Polystyrene in Food Service 

New York Creates Farm to School Task Force 

Nebraska Proposes Farm to School Program Act

North Dakota Proposes Grants to Offer Free Meals to All Students

Oregon Bill Appropriates Funding to Expand School Meal Programs

Virginia Presents Bill Requiring Schools to Provide Open Enrollment 

Wyoming Creates School Protein Enhancement Project 

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars 

Congressional Management Foundation Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Publishes Second FFCRA Opt-in Waiver  

On January 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) published the waiver " Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2021-2022 National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations." This waiver grants States the option to extend the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2020-2021. Therefore, States will use preliminary SY 2021-2022 entitlement values that continue to be based on SY 2018-2019 lunch counts. States that wish to participate must notify the Food Distribution Division Program Integrity and Monitoring Branch by January 31, 2021. 

USDA Announces Expansion of P-EBT 

On January 22, President Biden's administration announced that USDA is increasing the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) by approximately 15%. P-EBT was first established under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by Congress in March 2020 and connects low-income families with kids with food dollars equivalent to the value of the meals missed due to COVID-related school closures. Read more

Back-Arrow-Blue Back to the top 

Covid-1.12 

School nutrition staff at Euclid City Schools in Ohio have managed to serve 523,993 meals to students in their community since the start of the pandemic. 

Federal Policy

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!

Check out LAC 2021 Resources

SNA has published new resources for this year's Legislative Action Conference (LAC). These resources include LAC FAQs, Lobbying Tips, and " ZOOM the Hill" Guide. Keep an eye out for updates to these resources as #LAC21 gets closer.

Back-Arrow-Blue Back to the top 

State Snapshots

Arizona Introduces Legislation Requiring Water During School Meals 

SB 1212 requires each school district and charter school to provide free, fresh drinking water during mealtimes, specifically breakfast and lunch.

Connecticut Presents Anti-lunch Shaming Bill

SB 36 prohibits any punitive action against students in public schools for unpaid meal charges and would allow public and private entities to donate funds to pay any remaining debt.

Illinois to Establish Anaphylactic Policies for Public Schools 

HB 102 requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop in consultation with administrators and food service directors the establishment and distribution of anaphylactic policies to all public schools.

Minnesota Proposes Anti-Lunch Shaming School Meal Policy  

HF 149 requires all public schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to adopt and post online a formal school meal policy prohibiting lunch shaming and communicating whether a collections agency will be utilized for unpaid meal debt.

Mississippi Introduces the Healthy Foods Access Program Act 

HB 792 directs the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) to establish the "Healthy Foods Access Program Act." This Act requires the MDAC to work with local public schools to identify food desert communities and establish weekly markets.

New Hampshire Bill to Prohibit Polystyrene in Food Service 

HB 618 prohibits disposable polystyrene food service containers in public schools, state and local government facilities.

New York Creates Farm to School Task Force 

S 1907 establishes a farm to school task force and directs the New York Commissioner of Education to develop a program that requires all public schools to provide fresh foods to all students by supporting local agriculture.

Nebraska Proposes Farm to School Program Act

LB 396 establishes the Nebraska Farm to School Program to purchase locally and regionally produced or processed food to improve child nutrition programs and strengthen local and regional farm economies.

North Dakota Proposes Grants to Offer Free Meals to All Students

HB 1413 appropriates the necessary funds and requires the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to provide grants to public schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students.

Oregon Bill Appropriates Funding to Expand School Meal Programs

SB 444 requires the Oregon Department of Education to use funding provided in the Statewide Education Initiatives Account to expand the school breakfast and lunch programs.

Virginia Presents Bill Requiring Schools to Provide Open Enrollment 

SB 1317 requires all local school boards to establish and implement policies to provide open enrollment to any eligible student to receive a free or reduced price meal.

Wyoming Creates School Protein Enhancement Project 

HB 52 establishes the "Wyoming School Protein Enhancement Project" to provide grants to school districts to increase the availability of Wyoming meat products in school nutrition programs.

Back-Arrow-Blue Back to the top

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.

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 26, 1837, which state was admitted to the United States as the 26th state?                                             
A: Michigan

Back-Arrow-Blue Back to the top

Contact Us

2900 S. Quincy Street, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22206
servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org  

Tel (703) 824-3000
Fax (703) 824-3015

> For The Media
> Work With US

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Read the latest news and developments facing the school nutrition industry, as well as stay on top of important trends and resources.

 

> Read the Latest Newsletters

SNA State Associations

The School Nutrition Association has a presence in every state across the country. View links to many of the state associations to find out more about what SNA is doing nationwide. 

> Learn More