Tuesday Morning - July 3, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Senate Passes 2018 Farm Bill
Federal School Meals Parity Act Introduced in the House
FNS Seeks Comment on School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study

State Snapshots

Denver’s Unpaid Meals Debt Reaches $365K
SNA Every Student Succeeds Act Resource

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Upcoming Webinars
FRAC Meals Matter Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Senate Passes 2018 Farm Bill

Last Thursday the Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a bipartisan 86-11 vote. The bill is the product of months of collaboration between Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The House passed its version of the bill on June 21, but unlike the Senate version it received no Democratic support and contained controversial work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The two chambers will now form a conference committee to reconcile the two bills.

Federal School Meals Parity Act Introduced in the House

Congresswomen Madeline Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) and Stacey E. Plaskett (D-USVI) introduced the Federal School Meals Parity Act, a bill which would increase federal support for school meals in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands by setting reimbursement rates that are on par with those of peer jurisdictions.

Currently, the USDA reimburses participants in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the same rate as the 48 mainland states, while Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are reimbursed at higher rates to account for increased program costs. The Federal School Meals Parity Act would require that USDA reimburse schools in Guam at the same rates as those in Alaska and Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the same rates as Puerto Rico.

FNS Seeks Comment on School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is seeking public comment on information collection activities related to the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II (SNMCS-II). The goal of the study is to provide a comprehensive picture of school food service operations and the nutritional quality, cost, and acceptability of meals served in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Comments must be received on or before August 27, 2018.

State Snapshots

Denver’s Unpaid Meals Debt Reaches $365K

As the issue of unpaid meal charges has gained national media attention, some state legislatures and school districts have required or urged SFAs to implement policies that result in significant increases in unpaid meal debt. Recent media reports revealed that after Denver Public Schools (CO) instituted a new unpaid meal charge policy, the district’s meal debt increased from $13,000 to $365,000 – a 2,638% increase – in just one school year.

SNA Every Student Succeeds Act Resource

When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law, it created exciting new opportunities to bolster programs that contribute to student success, including school nutrition programs. Each state is required to submit a state plan to the U.S. Department of Education outlining accountability frameworks and indicators of success. SNA offers this resource with tips on how to advocate for school nutrition programs in your state’s ESSA plan.

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
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

The Food Research and Action Center hosts a webinar on summer meals strategies.

Wrapping Up Summer Meals
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

Which U.S. state became the 43rd state on July 3, 1890?

On this day in 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the law admitting Idaho into the union as the 43rd state.

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