Tuesday Morning - July 16, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA Deputy Secretary Censky Speaks at SNA’s ANC
SNA Comments at Second Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting
FRAC Releases New Summer Nutrition Status Report

State Snapshots

New Hampshire Legislature Passes Bill to Eliminate Reduced Price Co-Pay for Breakfast

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars On-Demand
Turning ME into WE at ANC 2019!
Back to School, Back to Afterschool Meals: Getting Started and Maximizing Participation
Upcoming Webinar: Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Summer Meals Matter Conference Call: Maintaining Participation

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA Deputy Secretary Censky Speaks at SNA’s ANC

SNA was proud to host the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary, Stephen Censky at 2019 ANC’s Opening General Session on Sunday, July 14. Censky provided updates from USDA and reinforced the importance of partnership between SNA members and USDA officials to ensure that students can receive the nutritious and delicious meals they need to succeed in school.

"School nutrition professionals are the living embodiment of USDA’s mission to do right and feed everyone,” said Censky. The Deputy Secretary also announced 9 million dollars in Farm to School Grants with more details to be provided in the coming weeks. SNA is looking forward to a continued productive partnership with USDA.

SNA Comments at Second Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

Last week, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee held their second meeting in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, they heard public comments from stakeholders, and former SNA President Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays delivered the Association’s comments to the committee. Dr. Domokos-Bays encouraged committee members to visit school cafeterias and explained that while current nutrition standards based on the Dietary Guidelines are mostly successful, the complexity of the different program regulations that schools have to meet can make it difficult to craft appealing, nutritious school menus that meet the strict standards. You can read SNA’s full comments here.

FRAC Releases New Summer Nutrition Status Report

On July 10, 2019, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released a new Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report. The report is based on a variety of metrics and examines the impact of trends and policies on program participation. This report measures participation from July 2018 and found:

  • 2.9 million children that participated in school lunch during the 2017-18 school year received a summer on lunch on the average weekday.
  • Three states increased participation in summer meals from 2017 to 2018 by 10% or more: Arizona (18.2%), Kentucky (15.1%), and Oklahoma (14.9%).

The full report is located on FRAC’s website and includes an interactive map and tables on state participation.

State Snapshots

New Hampshire Legislature Passes Bill to Eliminate Reduced Price Co-Pay for Breakfast

The New Hampshire General Court passed SB 82 last week, which if signed by the Governor would eliminate the Reduced Price co-pay for school breakfast.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Webinars On-Demand

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Turning ME into WE at ANC 2019!

Are you one of the thousands of school nutrition professionals or partners currently gathered in St. Louis for the “School Nutrition Networking Event of the Year”? With this year’s theme of “Meet ME in St Louis,” be sure to make the most of your conference experience by networking with peers and advocates from across the country! For all the late-breaking conference updates, check out our mobile app and conference website.

Back to School, Back to Afterschool Meals: Getting Started and Maximizing Participation

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT
Did you know that the Afterschool Meal Program can help fill the nutrition gap that may exist for millions of low-income children when the school day ends? The Afterschool Meal Program provides federal funding to afterschool programs operating in low-income areas to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and under after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. Join FRAC’s webinar to learn how to get started and increase participation at existing programs. You can register for the webinar here.

Upcoming Webinar: Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 2:00 PM ET
USDA’s Food Nutrition Services (FNS) will present a new webinar from the “CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursday Training Webinars” series. This webinar will cover “Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program” (CACFP). This webinar is part of Team Nutrition’s monthly training webinars that focus on topics related to the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements. Each webinar will be presented on the third Thursday of every other month and will focus on techniques and skills that trainers can use to provide high-quality meals and snacks through the CACFP. USDA welcomes all attendees including school nutrition professionals, state agencies, CACFP sponsoring organizations and industry members. To register, visit this link.

Summer Meals Matter Conference Call: Maintaining Participation

Thursday, August 1, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT
The school year may be over, but Summer Nutrition Programs are just getting started! Join Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in a conference call on maintaining active participation throughout the summer months. This call will focus on useful strategies and tips on targeted outreach, local partnerships, and events that work to fill the nutrition gap and keep the participation up throughout the end of August. Register here.


Mystery Chat Corner

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