Tuesday Morning - January 7, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

FNS Requests Comments Concerning CACFP
Healthy Meal Time Act of 2019
OESE Extension of Information Collection: Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Minibus
No Kid Hungry Introduces Afterschool Meals Champions

State Snapshots

Florida Pre-files Bill on School Lunch in Charter Schools
New Hampshire Pre-files Legislation on School Meal Funding and Reimbursements
New Mexico Pre-files School Meal Applications and Seat Time Requirement Legislation
Massachusetts Introduces Legislation to Restrict Plastic Waste

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
No Kid Hungry Webinar: Engaging Community Partners in Summer Meals Planning for the New Year

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

FNS Requests Comments Concerning CACFP

On December 26, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a Federal Register notice requesting comment on information collection for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Comments are specifically requested on whether this collection is necessary for the agency to perform its functions and practical ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the information that is collected. Written and electronic comments must be submitted by February 24, 2020.

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Healthy Meal Time Act of 2019

U.S. Representatives Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) have introduced H.R. 5463, the Healthy Meal Time Act. This bill would provide schools with best practices for scheduling lunch and recess to ensure that all students have enough time to eat and to reduce food waste. In addition, this act directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with input from the Department of Education (DOE), to perform a study to discover successful strategies and innovative techniques to improve eating time and food waste management. Read Rep. Schrier’s full press release.

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OESE Extension of Information Collection: Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations

On December 31, 2019, the Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) published a Federal Register notice announcing the extension of existing information collection regarding 2019 immediate aid to restart school operations. The DOE is interested in public comments addressing the proper functions of the department, the burden of accuracy, and how to improve the quality, utility and clarity of the information collected. All written and electronic comments must be submitted by January 30, 2020.

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Minibus

On December 17, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1865, a domestic spending package that provides funding for several departments for the remainder of the fiscal year. This minibus included funding for the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation. This legislation has now been sent to the Senate for a vote and is expected to pass.

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No Kid Hungry Introduces Afterschool Meals Champions

No Kid Hungry’s Center for Best Practices has introduced the first-ever cohort of Afterschool Meals Champions. These individuals were selected from across the country, each champion performing inspiring work to ensure that children are receiving the nutrition they need to learn, grow and play during afterschool hours. Those selected represent a wide range of organizations that provide meals through the CACFP Afterschool Meals Program; all applicants have been induced into No Kid Hungry’s Afterschool Meals Hall of Fame.

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State Snapshots

Florida Pre-files Bill on School Lunch in Charter Schools

  • HB953 requires charter schools to provide school lunch services under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These services must be consistent with the needs of the charter school and must be provided through the sponsor, not the school district. Any funds due to the charter school under the NSLP must be paid to the charter school.

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New Hampshire Pre-files Legislation on School Meal Funding and Reimbursements

  • HB709 creates a relative formula for determining adequate education funding, including the establishment of additional aid for free and reduced lunches.
  • HB1681 requires schools to make free or reduced-cost lunch available to children who meet federal eligibility guidelines and increases reimbursements to schools that offer lunch at no cost to eligible students.

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New Mexico Pre-files School Meal Applications and Seat Time Requirement Legislation

  • SB11 establishes that the last thirty minutes of the lunch recess period established by each school district and charter school shall be used for the sole purpose of meal consumption.
  • SB10 requires all schools to provide a free, printed meal application in every school enrollment packet, or an electronic meal application.

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Massachusetts Introduces Legislation to Restrict Plastic Waste

  • SB2450 restricts the use of disposable plastic straws.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

With a growing emphasis on procurement in school nutrition, it’s important to make sure you do things right. Register for our next upcoming webinar and find your way to a clean, effective procurement process. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Procurement Do's and Don'ts for Operators
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
With a growing emphasis on procurement in school nutrition, it’s important to make sure you do things right and, perhaps more importantly, that you don’t do things that can undermine your professionalism and your program. SNA has developed guidance to help you find your way to a clean, effective procurement process.

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.

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No Kid Hungry Webinar: Engaging Community Partners in Summer Meals Planning for the New Year

On January 21, 2020, at 2:00 pm ET, tune in for the first installment of No Kid Hungry’s 2020 ‘School’s Out, Food’s In’ summer meals webinar series! This webinar will highlight effective strategies for community partner engagement as well as practical recommendations for developing and implementing a plan to improve and/or expand your program. Hear from experts who draw from their own experience to highlight keys to success and be sure to bring your own questions and ideas to share during interactive Q&A sessions. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (January 7th) in 1980, which American President authorized legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5-billion-dollar loan?
A: Jimmy Carter

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