Tuesday Morning - January 28, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Summaries: Proposed Rules on School and Summer Meal Flexibilities
SNA’s Unpaid Meals Working Group Meets in Arlington
The School Food Recovery Act
USDA Foods For Schools Infographics

State Snapshots

Arizona Introduces Food Waste Legislation
Hawaii Introduces Three School Nutrition Related Bills
Washington Introduces Plan to Increase CEP
Nebraska Introduces the Hunger-Free Schools Act

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Summaries: Proposed Rules on School and Summer Meal Flexibilities

On Friday, January 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two proposed rules, "Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" and "Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program." SNA has released summaries for both proposed rules and is collecting SNA member feedback as the Public Policy and Legislation Committee prepares to discuss and draft the Association’s official comments in response to the rule. SNA also released a statement addressing key issues and clarifying misconceptions about the proposed changes to school meal patterns.

Once SNA has submitted comments to USDA on the proposed rules, we will notify members, so you will have an opportunity to share the Association’s perspective as part of your own individual comments to USDA. SNA members are encouraged to review the summaries, share your input with SNA and stay tuned to SchoolNutrition.org for SNA’s official comments and the opportunity to have your voice heard as part of the rulemaking process.

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SNA’s Unpaid Meals Working Group Meets in Arlington

SNA’s Unpaid Meals Working Group Meets in ArlingtonOn January 23rd and 24th, SNA hosted a two-day Unpaid Meals Working Group session attended by stakeholders from across the country. Participants worked together to define the source of and seek solutions for the growing national issue of unpaid school meal debt. Attendees included SNA members, USDA professionals, state agency directors and representatives of the Association of School Business Officials and The Superintendents Association. SNA recognizes that unpaid meal debt is a complex issue that must be addressed through cross-collaboration between all impacted parties. Hear updates on the unpaid meal debt effort at #LAC2020 and stay tuned for more resources including a white paper and advocacy strategies.

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The School Food Recovery Act

On January 15, 2020, Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01) introduced H.R. 5607, the School Food Recovery Act. This bill establishes a grant program for schools to cut cafeteria food waste and to simultaneously reduce environmental impacts and improve student nutrition. The School Food Recovery Act is also co-sponsored by Representatives Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01); Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) will introduce a companion bill in the Senate. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. Read Rep. Pingree’s full press release.

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USDA Foods For Schools Infographics

USDA released four infographics on USDA Foods purchases for School Year 2017-18. The infographics show nationwide data on USDA Foods purchases and can be used by States to learn more about USDA Foods in school meals.

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State Snapshots

Arizona Introduces Food Waste Legislation

HB 2453 would prescribe measures regarding sewage disposal, garbage and trash collection, storage and disposal, water supply and food preparation of all public schools and other facilities. The rules would establish standards for sanitary conditions and provide for the inspection of schools and facilities for abatement as public nuisances of any premises that do not comply with the minimum requirements.

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Hawaii Introduces Three School Nutrition Related Bills

  • SB 2477 would require all public schools to provide students with a vegetarian option with each school meal.
  • SB 2782 requires the Hawaii Department of Education to establish a plant-based food and beverage program. This program would include funding for those public schools that participate and serve meals that include plant-based food options or plant-based milk.
  • SB 2264 would increase the number of days in which students have to apply for free or reduced lunch and to replenish the student’s meal fund. This bill would also require the Department of Education to report the number of students that are denied meals based on his or her inability to pay.

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Washington Introduces Plan to Increase CEP

HB 2660 would create a plan to increase participation in the Community Eligibility Provision by identifying and recruiting those schools that are eligible. In addition, this bill would increase the availability of school meals provided to students at no cost to the student.

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Nebraska Introduces the Hunger-Free Schools Act

LB 1039 would establish the Hunger-Free Schools Act. This act would require public schools to offer all eligible students’ breakfast and lunches at no cost through the breakfast program or school lunch program. This act would also require each school to submit information regarding the number of breakfasts and lunches served to eligible students.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Disruptive technology expert Charlene Li joins us for this week's webinar to embolden us to think about the cultural shift invoked by a new generation of students. Register now and find out how your program can be prepared to feed this new generation. Plus, register for four additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #SNIC20: Creating a NextGen Customer Experience Strategy
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
As presented at #SNIC20, in this webinar learn what it takes to build a culture that keeps your student customers at the center every day and how to create next-generation customer experiences..

Community Eligibility Provision: Title I
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have partnered together to bring you a webinar focused on community eligibility.

Powering School Meals with U.S.-Grown Pulses
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will showcase creative, kid-approved ways to serve pulses – chickpeas, dry peas, beans and lentils – in school meals.

Beyond School Lunch Memes: Real-World Commonalities, Challenges & Successes
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Join a panel of international school nutrition experts as they highlight ways that food and nutrition professionals share global concerns and strategies for overcoming obstacles.

Adopting Top Food Trends & Managing Allergies at School Breakfast
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Come get inspired to incorporate hot food trends in your program and pick up valuable tools to help with marketing, crediting, and managing allergens.

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Mystery Chat Corner

In 1985 (January 28th) dozens of top-name music stars joined together to record what chart-topping single?
A: We Are the World

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