Tuesday Morning - January 29, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Government Funded Through February 15
SNA Urged the President and Congress to End the Government Shutdown
U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Postponed
Get Ready for #LAC19!
Request for Proposals: 2019 School Breakfast Leadership Institute

State Snapshots

Hawaii Bill Would Establish State Subsidy for School Lunches
NY Governor Calls for School Meals Support for Children Impacted by Shutdown

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Government Funded Through February 15

The longest government shutdown in history ended last Friday night after the President signed a three-week continuing resolution. H.J. Res 28 reopens the government through February 15th. The U.S. House and Senate members will convene a conference committee on Homeland Security appropriations. If a final FY 2019 appropriations bill or another continuing resolution is not passed and signed by the President by February 15th, the Federal government will shut down again. SNA is monitoring several legislative priorities, including $20 million for Breakfast Program commodities, currently included in the yet-to-be-passed FY 2019 Agriculture appropriations bill.

SNA Urged the President and Congress to End the Government Shutdown

In a statement issued last week, SNA urged Congress and President Trump to resolve the federal government shutdown before any lapse in school meal funding occurs.

“School meal programs operate on extremely tight budgets, and many lack reserve funds to continue serving students should federal funding lapse,” said SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS. “School districts—especially those serving America’s neediest students—are simply not equipped to cover meal expenses without federal support. Congress and President Trump must ensure students continue to receive the nutrition they need to succeed in school. SNA urges swift action to resolve the ongoing government shutdown.”

U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Hearing Postponed

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, announced that the Committee’s first hearing will focus on the government shutdown and its effect on child nutrition. The hearing, titled “Consequences of the Shutdown: Endangering Students, Workers, Families and Communities,” originally scheduled for January 31 has been postponed.

Get Ready for #LAC19!

Looking for ways to prepare for the “Charge to the Hill” at #LAC19? SNA has a number of resources to help you make the most of the conference and make your case to your Member of Congress.

Request for Proposals: 2019 School Breakfast Leadership Institute

No Kid Hungry is now accepting proposals for its second School Breakfast Leadership Institute to be held from June 11 to 12 in New Orleans. Proposals are due March 6. Selected state teams will receive a $50,000 grant to implement a comprehensive action plan to expand access to school breakfast within their state. Learn more about the Institute and view the RFP here.

State Snapshots

Hawaii Bill Would Establish State Subsidy for School Lunches

SB 594 in the Hawaii Senate would direct the state Department of Education to develop a school meal subsidy program for students who aren’t eligible for federal free and reduced-price meals. The bill directs the department to establish income eligibility and participation requirements and appropriates funds necessary to develop and implement the program.

NY Governor Calls for School Meals Support for Children Impacted by Shutdown

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the State Education Department to work to ensure that families impacted by the federal government shutdown have access to free or reduced-price school meals. He directed the department to work with schools to contact families that may be impacted by the shutdown, both federal employees and families that rely on federal benefits, to inform them that they may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

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.

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.

Best of #SNIC19: Prepare Your Organization for the Workforce of the Future
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Workforce strategist Kim Lear will decode the key trends shaping the future of work for every generation with a mix of data, storytelling and humor. Learn more about recruiting in a competitive landscape, creating collaborative workplaces, retaining employees and more!
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

On January 29, 1936, the five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame inaugural class were elected.
Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America cast a total of 226 ballots in an election that required 170 votes to be elected to the Hall of Fame. The five members elected in 1936 were Ty Cobb (222 votes), Babe Ruth (215 votes), Honus Wagner (215 votes), Christy Matthewson (205 votes) and Walter Johnson (189 votes).

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