Tuesday Morning - July 23, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Comments on Opportunities for Regulatory Reform
USDA Deputy Secretary Censky Speaks at SNA’s ANC
USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants
U.S. Rep Joseph Morelle (D-NY) Introduces Summer Meals and Learning Act of 2019
New Requirement for Student Transfers from Provision to Non-Provision Schools Now In Effect

State Snapshots

North Carolina Budget Could Include Elimination of Reduced Price Co-Pay

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
Summer Meals Matter Conference Call: Maintaining Participation

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Comments on Opportunities for Regulatory Reform

On Friday, July 12, SNA submitted comments on the Federal Register Notice, Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives. Throughout the process of identifying recommended regulatory reform initiatives for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), SNA has reached out to all 58,000 members through surveys and working groups. In addition to previous recommendations, SNA provided additional areas it believes should be considered with this initiative, including Administrative Reviews, area eligibility using Census data, and Summer Food Service Program management. SNA also suggested that USDA look to the Child Nutrition Reporting Burden Analysis Study published June 2, 2019, for areas in need of program simplification. Read the full comments.

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.

USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants

Last week, USDA announced over $9 million in Farm to School Grants, marking the largest year for the grants by funding and number of projects. The Department selected 126 projects across 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that are expected to serve more than 3.2 million students in over 5,400 schools. You can learn more about the 2019 Farm to School Grantees here.

U.S. Rep Joseph Morelle (D-NY) Introduces Summer Meals and Learning Act of 2019

H.R. 3667 would create a new federal grant program to allow schools operating a summer lunch program to keep their libraries open during the summer months. The bill appropriates $5 million per year to fund the program through 2024.

New Requirement for Student Transfers from Provision to Non-Provision Schools Now In Effect

In a policy memo, FNS reminded state and local program operators that new requirements for student transfers from Provision to Non-Provision schools are effective July 1, 2019. Federal regulations require Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide free, reimbursable meals to students who receive free meals at a provision school and, during the school year, transfer to a school using standard counting and claiming procedures. Schools must provide these students with free, reimbursable meals for up to 10 operating school days or until a new eligibility determination for the current school year is made, whichever comes first. This is an existing requirement for transfers within the same LEA and is required for transfers between LEAs effective July 1, 2019.

State Snapshots

North Carolina Budget Could Include Elimination of Reduced Price Co-Pay

A provision in the North Carolina state budget would allocate $3 million to pay for the student co-pay for Reduced Price school meals. Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget over other concerns he had with it, and he and lawmakers are still working on an agreement. State Senator Brent Jackson, who pushed for the provision to be included, says it’s his intention to include the funding in a final budget that is able to be enacted.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Beginning in August SNA will be bringing you the "Best of #ANC19" webinar series. This series will highlight a few of the highest-rated education sessions from the conference. If you could not make it to the conference be sure to register for this exciting webinar series where we bring ANC to you! More information coming soon! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

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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