Tuesday Morning - July 26, 2022

1 big thing—CNR is here! Contact your legislators!

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What’s new: Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to support the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act (HR 8450).   

Why it matters: U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott has introduced the 2022 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. SNA advocated for key provisions in the bill, including strengthening the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and Direct Certification to increase student access to free school meals. Additionally, the bill raises the federal reimbursement rate for school lunch and provides commodities for school breakfast to help school nutrition programs manage increased costs and persistent financial challenges. Read more in SNA’s press release.

What’s next: This bill is scheduled to be marked up in the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday, July 27 at 10:15 a.m. In a few days, Congress will adjourn for its August recess. The time to act is now! Reach out to your legislators and urge them to support the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act. 

2. SY2022-23 reimbursement rates announced

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What’s new: On July 22, USDA announced annual adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year (SY) reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch Program, Special Milk, School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Effective July 1, 2022, the reimbursement schools receive for each meal served will increase by approximately $0.68 per free/reduced-price lunch and $0.32 per free/reduced price breakfast. 

Go deeper: The annual adjustment increase is higher this year, due to temporary funding authorized under the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022, which provided an additional 40 cents for each NSLP lunch served, and an additional 15 cents for each breakfast. These additional reimbursement amounts shall only be available for the school year beginning July 1, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2023. 

What’s next: View the Reimbursement Payment Chart on page 11 of the Federal Register notice. View a state-by-state breakdown of support for child nutrition programs. Read USDA’s press release for more information. 

3. Information collection: Summer food site locations

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What’s new: USDA has posted notice of a State Agency Information Collection Activity for Summer Food Site Locations. 

Go deeper: This notice solicits comments on proposed changes to the collection of summer meal sites data through form FNS-905. Data collected in form FNS-905 is used to populate the National Hunger Clearinghouse and inform families and groups that assist low-income individuals or communities about approved meal sites. 

What’s next: Written comments are due by September 19, 2022. View the Federal Register notice for submission details.   

4. USDA responds to SNA comment letter

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What’s new: USDA provided a response to SNA’s comment letter providing recommendations for the Food Program Reporting System (FPRS). 

Go deeper: SNA’s comments included suggestions for reducing burden hours, consolidation and efficiency.

  • USDA responded that comments were taken into consideration and that FNS has streamlined the FNS-583 and FNS-366B forms to reduce the burden to State agencies, as well as program administrators and operators, as much as possible without compromising the data integrity. 

  

5. State legislative update

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What’s new: SNA’s 2022 Second Quarter State Legislative Report is available. 

Why it matters: This quarter, state legislatures introduced 17 bills on school nutrition. Legislative trends across states include universal school meals, addressing lunch shaming and unpaid school meal debt and alleviating administrative burdens. State legislation and policies usually trickle down to other states and eventually make their way to Congress. 

Go deeper: To learn more about SNA’s state advocacy resources and to stay informed on state legislative affairs, please visit SNA’s website

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