Tuesday Morning - July 17, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps Meets with SNA Members at ANC
SNA Provides Comments on USDA Breakfast Study
SNA Regulatory Reform Recommendations
USDA Announces Upcoming Reports at SNA’s ANC

State Snapshots

DC Council Introduces Bill to Pilot Self-Operated School Food Service

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Upcoming Webinars
FRAC Meals Matter Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps Meets with SNA Members at ANC

Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture and Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service Brandon Lipps met with SNA members at a Listening Session held at ANC. The meeting focused on ways that USDA can help school nutrition programs provide nutritious meals that meet children’s diverse tastes, how USDA can simplify programs while maintaining accountability, and how USDA can provide better customer service to state agencies and school food authorities.

SNA Provides Comments on USDA Breakfast Study

The School Nutrition Association submitted an official comment to USDA in response to a notice of a proposed School Breakfast Program study published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2018. SNA made recommendations on the data collection process and survey design that would improve accuracy and reduce burden. SNA also expressed concern about the recent decrease in SFAs participating in the program and encouraged USDA to consider a future study to determine why SFAs have left the program.

SNA Regulatory Reform Recommendations

SNA submitted a third set of recommendations to USDA in response to a July 17, 2017 request for information on Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives. Over the last year, SNA has reached out to members in search of ideas for regulatory reform that would improve the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations and administration while maintaining program integrity. SNA members provided a wealth of ideas which were used to inform the Association’s comments to USDA submitted in September, November, and most recently, July.

USDA Announces Upcoming Reports at SNA’s ANC

Last week, during SNA’s Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, USDA announced several school nutrition program reports to be released by the end of this year. Results from the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study will be released in stages beginning this fall. A highly anticipated Child Nutrition Burden Study final report will be released this October. Study results on the use of sodium in school nutrition programs are expected in December.

USDA also announced additional unpaid meal policy resources to be shared soon through their website.

State Snapshots

DC Council Introduces Bill to Pilot Self-Operated School Food Service

Last week, the DC Council introduced a bill establishing a pilot program for self-operated school food service. When DC Public Schools outsourced their food service program in 2008, officials projected savings of 73% by 2011. These savings were never realized; the program reduced costs by a mere 5% over that period. The program has also been criticized for serving poor quality meals to students. The bill calls for the pilot to be conducted in 10 schools during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

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

Register Now:

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

FRAC Meals Matter Webinar

USDA is providing guidance on the recent USDA Foods Processing Final Rule.

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 July 17, 1902, the first air conditioner was made by Willis Carrier, founder of the Carrier Corporation, in Buffalo, NY.


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