Tuesday Morning - July 24, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

House Subcommittee Examines the Summer Food Service Program
SY 2018-19 Reimbursement Rates for the NSLP, SBP, Special Milk and CACFP
USDA’s Study of SFA Procurement Practices
USDA Evaluation of the IRA

State Snapshots

SNA Second Quarter State Legislative Report Available

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

House Subcommittee Examines the Summer Food Service Program

Last week, a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to examine the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). At the hearing, members heard testimony from program operators from New Jersey and Kansas about the challenges they face, including the need for flexibility for rural programs, the administrative and financial burdens of smaller operators and the need for simplified reporting. The witnesses also discussed the difficulty of reaching children in communities that aren’t area eligible, prompting Rep. Bonamici (D-OR) to ask if it would be beneficial to reduce the threshold for area eligibility from 50% free and reduced price eligible students to 40%.

The hearing also addressed on the results of a report by the Government Accountability Office that recommended increased awareness of existing program flexibilities and reliability issues with program data.

SY 2018-19 Reimbursement Rates for the NSLP, SBP, Special Milk and CACFP

In a Federal Register notice published on July 19, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced SY 2018-19 reimbursement rates provided to School Food Authorities for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program and Child And Adult Care Food Program. The annual payments and rate adjustments changes for the NSLP, SBP and CACFP reflect changes in the Food Away from Home series of the Consumer Price Index. The annual rate adjustments for the Special Milk programs reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Milk Products. The rates are effective from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

USDA’s Study of SFA Procurement Practices

In a Federal Register notice published on July 17, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requested comment on a proposed information collection for a study of School Food Authority (SFA) Procurement Practices. The study will describe and assess the practices of SFAs related to procuring goods and services for several nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). FNS is seeking input on: whether the information requested will have practical utility; the accuracy of their burden assessment; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents. Comments may be submitted to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov, and must be received by August 16, 2018.

USDA Evaluation of the IRA

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is conducting a voluntary study of the Independent Review of Applications (IRA) to provide information about the processes and overall effectiveness of the requirement. The study will collect data from 51 state agency child nutrition directors and from a sample of Local Education Agency directors who have completed the IRA process. FNS will evaluate the results, determine any necessary changes and share best practices. Comments regarding this information collection are due by August 17. Submission instructions are available in the notice.

State Snapshots

SNA Second Quarter State Legislative Report Available

The 2018 State Legislative Summary: Second Quarter Report is now available! This report provides a summary and status update for key school nutrition legislation at the state level. In the second quarter seven school nutrition bills were signed into law, and in total sixteen states saw movement on bills that impact school meals. You can download the report here, and find past State Legislative Summaries and other state policy tools here.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

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

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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. 



Mystery Chat Corner

Which international pact took effect on this day in 1929 and renounced the use of war in disputes amongst nations?

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed on August 27, 1928 and went into effect on July 24, 1929. Though failing in its purpose to prevent of war and militarism, the pact remains in effect today and serves as legal basis for the concept of a crime against peace.

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