Tuesday Morning - July 31, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Take the Pledge to Meet Your Legislator
USDA Includes Commodity Purchases for Nutrition Programs in Farm Aid Package
Senator Murray Introduces Summer Hunger Bill
FNS Announces Annual Adjustment to Value of Donated Foods
FDA Public Hearing on Nutrition

State Snapshots

Massachusetts Senate Passes “Breakfast After the Bell” Bill

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Take the Pledge to Meet Your Legislator

Members of Congress are headed home for August recess, when Senators and Representatives meet with constituents in their local offices. In-person meetings are the most influential way to communicate with your legislators. Take the pledge to meet with them this summer. And then make the call to schedule it.

SNA has a number of advocacy tools that can help you prepare for your meeting including, lobbying tips, School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program fact sheets, and infographics, fact sheets, and other resources to assist in the fight against school nutrition block grants.

Let us know how your meeting went! SNA Government Affairs & Media Relations staff are available to answer your questions at advocacy@schoolnutrition.org.

USDA Includes Commodity Purchases for Nutrition Programs in Farm Aid Package

The administration announced it would spend $12 billion on programs to support farmers impacted by ongoing trade disputes. The three-part relief strategy includes purchasing surplus commodities to be distributed to food banks and nutrition programs. SNA has urged the Secretary of Agriculture to use these commodity purchases to support school nutrition programs.

Senator Murray Introduces Summer Hunger Bill

Last week, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act. The bill seeks to address summer food insecurity among children eligible for free or reduced price school meals. If passed, it would expand the “Summer EBT for Children” pilot program by providing families with children who receive free or reduced price meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card containing $150 per child.

FNS Announces Annual Adjustment to Value of Donated Foods

In a Federal Register notice published on July 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced annual adjustments to the national average value of donated foods to be provided in school year 2019 for meals served by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

FDA Public Hearing on Nutrition

On July 26, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting concerning its multi-year Nutrition Innovation Strategy. This public meeting consisted of several speakers, including FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, and covered topics such as the evolving societal definition of health, increasing transparency in food labeling and creating incentive for innovation among producers. At the meeting, the agency laid out a broad initiative that includes updating standards of identity and improving labeling and consumer education.

State Snapshots

Massachusetts Senate Passes “Breakfast After the Bell” Bill

The Massachusetts State Senate passed S.2626 in a unanimous vote last Thursday. The bill would require breakfast to be offered after the beginning of the instructional day in schools where 60% or more students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Schools would be able to determine a “breakfast after the bell” service model that works best for their students and staff, such as breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast or second chance breakfast. If passed by the House, the bill would go into effect for the 2019-20 school year.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Beginning in August, SNA will be bringing you the Best of #ANC18 webinar series, featuring eight of the highest-rated education sessions from this summer's conference:

Register Now:
Best of #ANC18: Managing Unpaid Meal Charges
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In response to congressional action in 2010, USDA took a closer look at unpaid meals and reported on the current policies of the states and SFA regarding meal charges and alternate meals. Join us to review the USDA guidance, and learn how two school districts have put it into action.

Best of #ANC18: Creative Recipes Using USDA Foods
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
As presented at #ANC18, this webinar offers speed scratch techniques and great recipes using USDA Foods to leverage today’s trendy menu concepts.

Coming Soon:
• A Director’s Guide to SLAY the Administrative Review
• Making it Count with Offer Versus Serve
• Marketing to Generation Z
• No More Guessing Games – Using Data to Get Exactly What You Need
• Please Stop Working on Your Weaknesses
• Rolling the Dice with Mobile Buses

Missed a webinar? Check out our webinars on-demand and catch up on the hottest topics in school nutrition.



Mystery Chat Corner

On July 31, 1792, the first brick of the first U.S. federal government building was laid in Philadelphia. What was the name and purpose of the building?

The U.S. Philadelphia Mint began construction on July 31, 1792 and was created from the need to establish a national identity and the needs of commerce in the United States shortly after the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

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