Tuesday Morning - July 10, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Policy Sessions at ANC!
GAO Report Calls for Better Estimates of Summer Meals Participation
Food Insecurity Among Children Still Above Pre-Recession Level

State Snapshots

Illinois Unpaid Meals Bill Sent to Governor
SNA Every Student Succeeds Act Resource

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
FRAC Meals Matter Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Policy Sessions at ANC!

It’s Day 2 of SNA’s Annual National Conference, and there are plenty of opportunities here to learn more about policy issues. Sessions that might interest Tuesday Morning subscribers include:

SNA Legislative Update, Tuesday, July 10th, 2:15 pm
Buy American, Tuesday, July 10th, 2:15 pm
Procurement and Administrative Reviews, Tuesday, July 10th, 3:30 pm
A Director’s Guide to SLAY the Administrative Review, Wednesday, July 11th, 8:45 am
Creating Success with CEP and Provision 2, Thursday, July 12th, 2:45 pm

GAO Report Calls for Better Estimates of Summer Meals Participation

A report released by the United States Government Accountability Office recommends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) improve its estimates of children’s participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). While states report to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) the number of meals served, they only provide an estimate of the number of children participating. FNS has continued to provide guidance to states on calculating these figures, but variation between states make them unreliable, and the reports notes that this could potentially hinder outreach efforts in areas with low participation.

Food Insecurity Among Children Still Above Pre-Recession Level

An analysis by researchers at The Hamilton Project found that the percentage of food insecure households with children is still higher than it was before the recession. Today, 16.5% of households with children lack consistent access to adequate food, down from 21.3% in 2009 but still higher than 2007’s 15.8%. They also found that in in nearly half of states the share of food insecure children has increased.

State Snapshots

Illinois Unpaid Meals Bill Sent to Governor

SB 2428, known as the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act, was sent to the Governor on June 28, after being passed by the General Assembly in May. The bill requires schools to provide all students with a reimbursable meal, regardless of money owed or their ability to pay. It also prohibits providing an alternative meal to or publicly identifying a student who cannot pay for a meal. SB 2428 also authorizes districts to seek an offset from state income tax returns for debts exceeding $500.

SNA Every Student Succeeds Act Resource

When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law, it created exciting new opportunities to bolster programs that contribute to student success, including school nutrition programs. Each state is required to submit a state plan to the U.S. Department of Education outlining accountability frameworks and indicators of success. SNA offers this resource with tips on how to advocate for school nutrition programs in your state’s ESSA plan.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Beginning in August SNA will be bringing you the Best of #ANC18 webinar series.

Best of #ANC18 Webinar Series
This series will highlight a few of the highest rated education sessions from ANC 2018. Missed a webinar? Check out our webinars on-demand and catch up on the hottest topics in school nutrition. 

FRAC Meals Matter Webinar

The Food Research and Action Center hosts a webinar on summer meals strategies.

Wrapping Up Summer Meals
Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:00 pm EST
It’s not too late to implement last-minute strategies to build awareness, identify challenges and successes, and ensure programs end strong. Join this webinar to learn about ways to maximize participation during the next couple of weeks and tips for debriefing and evaluating meal programs once summer ends.



Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 1913, which U.S. state experienced the highest recorded temperature on Earth?

On July 10, 1913, the temperature in Death Valley, California reached 134 °F, the highest ever recorded on Earth.

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