Tuesday Morning - July 2, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA and Allied Organizations Provide Input on Child Nutrition Reauthorization
U.S. Senator Collins and Rep. DeSaulnier Introduce School Food Modernization Act
USDA Seeks Comment on Information Collection for School Meal Cost Study
FNS Continues Summer Meals Non-Congregate Feeding Demonstration Project
New FNS Memo Addresses “Market Basket” Procurement and Modifying Contracted Product Lists
CACFP “Grain Ounce Equivalents” Requirement Delayed Until 2021

State Snapshots

Maine Passes School Meals Modernization Bill

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars On-Demand
SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference
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

SNA and Allied Organizations Provide Input on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

As Congress considers a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, SNA along with our partners in the Association of School Business Officials and the School Superintendents Association sent a letter to the leadership of key committees outlining our priorities for any CNR effort:

  • Return to a five-year Administrative Review cycle
  • Modify the Smart Snacks in Schools Rule to allow any item that can be served as part of a meal to be sold a la carte
  • Increase USDA Foods support for the School Breakfast Program
  • Oppose School Meal Block Grants

You can read the full letter here.

U.S. Senator Collins and Rep. DeSaulnier Introduce School Food Modernization Act

On June 24, 2019, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced S. 1949 and H.R. 3444, the School Food Modernization Act; this act would require the Secretary of Agriculture to make loan guarantees and grants to finance specific improvements to school lunch facilities and to train school food service personnel. In a recent press release, Senator Collins stated, “Our legislation would help schools purchase equipment and provide training to allow food service personnel to offer a wide variety of nutritious meals and snacks for students.” Read Senator Collins’ full press release here and check out Rep. DeSaulnier’s press release.

USDA Seeks Comment on Information Collection for School Meal Cost Study

In a Federal Register notice published last week, USDA announced it is seeking comment on an information collection for the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II (SNMCS-II). The study will update previous data collected during SY 2014-2015 for the first School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS-I), and collect data from state agencies, school food authorities, local education authorities, schools, food service management companies, students, and parents/guardians. Comments must be received by July 29, 2019.

FNS Continues Summer Meals Non-Congregate Feeding Demonstration Project

Last week, FNS announced that it is continuing its 2017 Demonstration Project for non-congregate feeding at outdoor Summer Meals sites experiencing excessive heat. Under the demonstration project, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors operating approved outdoor meal sites without temperature-controlled alternative sites may operate as non-congregate sites on days when the area is experiencing excessive heat. Non-congregate meal service shall be permitted only on days when the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory, an Excessive Heat Warning, or an Excessive Heat Watch for the area in which an approved outdoor meal site is located.

New FNS Memo Addresses “Market Basket” Procurement and Modifying Contracted Product Lists

In a memo posted last week, FNS provided new guidance on using “Market Basket Analysis” to evaluate and score contract awards and modifying a contracted product list to acquire additional items or increase the quantity of listed goods. The policy is effective immediately and the market basket procurement methods used by Program operators will be subject to monitoring during State agencies’ upcoming procurement reviews.

CACFP “Grain Ounce Equivalents” Requirement Delayed Until 2021

In a Federal Register notice published last week, FNS announced that the “ounce equivalents” requirement for crediting grains served in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that was scheduled to go into effect this year is being delayed until October 1, 2021. The delay will allow the agency more time to develop additional technical assistance and training materials to ease compliance for meal planners.

State Snapshots

Maine Passes School Meals Modernization Bill

Governor Janet Mills signed LD 701 into law, which allocates state funding to develop an internet-based application for free and reduced price school breakfasts and lunches. The bill also allocates $500,000 for grants to School Food Authorities that start or expand Breakfast After the Bell programs.

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.

SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference

Get ready for great! Start planning now for whom you want to make sure you meet in St. Louis, Mo., at the "School Nutrition Networking Event of the Year"— SNA’s 73rd Annual National Conference (ANC), July 14-16, 2019!

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

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” – John Adams
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress approved a resolution to declare independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Unfortunately for Adams, the Declaration of Independence, which he signed, was ratified on July 4, 1776, leading to its recognition as Independence Day.

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