Tuesday Morning - July 30, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA Provides Specifics on Second Trade Aid Package
Federal Register: Proposed Information Collection for the NSLP
Team Nutrition Creates OVS Tip Sheets and Posters for Lunch and Breakfast
Federal Register: USDA Agency Information Collection

State Snapshots

Oregon Expands Farm to School Program
Ohio Introduces Unpaid Meals Bill

Mark Your Calendars

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

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA Provides Specifics on Second Trade Aid Package

On July 25th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced additional details of the $16 billion trade aid package. $1.4 billion will be used to implement the USDA’s Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP). Through the Agricultural Marketing Service, the FPDP will purchase surplus commodities such as fruits, vegetables, meats and milk for distribution to food banks, schools and other outlets serving low-income individuals. Read more in USDA’s press release.

Federal Register: Proposed Information Collection for the NSLP

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an agency information collection regarding participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This notice invites the general public, professionals and other agencies to comment on this proposed collection, which aims to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information being collected. This notice is an amendment of a presently approved collection which FNS uses to determine participation in the National School Lunch Program. FNS must receive all written comments on or before September 23, 2019.

Team Nutrition Creates OVS Tip Sheets and Posters for Lunch and Breakfast

Team Nutrition announces new Offer versus Serve (OVS) resources that are designed to help reduce food waste in schools and summer meal programs. OVS procedures reduce food waste by allowing students to choose foods to eat rather than being served through traditional methods. These resources include colorful posters and tip sheets that provide school nutrition professionals with an overview of OVS requirements for lunch and breakfast services. These training tools illustrate how to effectively implement OVS in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and are now available for download through Team Nutrition’s website.

Federal Register: USDA Agency Information Collection

On July 26th, USDA FNS posted notice of extension of a previously approved record collection for fast track clearance of the collection of routine, qualitative, customer and stakeholder feedback. The feedback is intended to provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations and provide early warning of issues with service. Comments regarding this information collection are due by August 26, 2019 and may be submitted to submission@omb.eop.gov.

State Snapshots

Oregon Expands Farm to School Program

HB 2579 was signed by the Oregon Governor July 23rd. The bill expands types of entities that may receive grants from the Farm to School Grant Program to include center-based programs for children in the CACFP and entities that participate in the Summer Food Service Program. The bill also expands allowable use of funds to include providing education about foods produced or processed. Funding for this initiative is increased from $4.5 million to nearly $15 million.

Ohio Introduces Unpaid Meals Bill

Ohio SB 168, the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act, was introduced on July 19th. The bill sets forth requirements for meal application accessibility and assistance and requires the service of a meal to any student that requests one. The bill also sets requirements to avoid identification of a student with an unpaid meal balance and requires schools to direct unpaid meal debt communication to a parent or guardian.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Check out upcoming SNA webinars, including the "Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit" webinar, as well as our "Best of #ANC19" series highlighting a few of the highest-rated education sessions from the conference. Registration coming soon! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Looking to make a splash this school year? Be a school meal advocate and invite your legislator for a behind-the-scenes look at your school nutrition program! With the 2020 elections around the corner, your legislators are looking for an opportunity to engage with your school and the community. Join SNA and a panel of experienced school nutrition professionals to get an exclusive look at how to host a legislator during a cafeteria site visit. This webinar will feature an update on Cafeteria Site Visit resources, information on what to expect when conducting a visit and tips on how to earn support for your essential programs.

Summer Meals Matter Conference Call: Maintaining Participation

Thursday, August 1, 2019, 1:00 pm ET
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

On this day in 1945, the USS Indianapolis is torpedoed and sunk after delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific. Eight hundred eighty of the crew died, many after shark attacks. This event inspired what 1975 blockbuster movie?
JAWS (Don’t forget that Shark Week 2019 begins on July 28 and continues through August 4 on the Discovery Channel)

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