Tuesday Morning - June 11, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY20 Agriculture Appropriations
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FNS Policies and Priorities
FNS Responds to SNA’s Comments on SFSP Integrity Study
School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019 Introduced
Farm and Ranch to School Act  

State Snapshots

Vermont Legislature Approves Bill Banning Plastic Bags, Styrofoam and Plastic Straws  

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference
Upcoming Webinar: Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
SNA’s Upcoming Webinar  

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY20 Agriculture Appropriations

On Tuesday, the full House Appropriations Committee met to markup the FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill, as previously approved by an Appropriations Subcommittee, included several school meals provisions, all of which were included in the version approved by the full committee:

  • Provide $50 million in funding for the Summer EBT Program, an increase of $22 million
  • Allocate $10 million for School Breakfast Program (SBP) Expansion Grants, the first time this program has been funded since 2012
  • Increase funding for NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants from $30 million to $35 million
  • Provide that only a School Food Authority with a negative balance in their food service account as of December 31, 2019, would be required to establish a price for paid lunches under NSLP’s Paid Lunch Equity requirements
  • Maintain commodity support for school meals at $485 million, which in FY2019 allocated $20 million for school breakfast

During the meeting, the Committee approved four amendments to the bill, and approved the bill by a vote of 29 to 21. You can watch the full hearing here and read the text of the bill here.

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FNS Policies and Priorities

Last week, the House Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services held a hearing to examine the policies and priorities of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the agency responsible for implementation of federal Child Nutrition Programs. At the hearing, FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps testified and took questions from members of the Subcommittee about the President’s FY 2020 Budget, Child Nutrition Reauthorization and policy changes made by the agency. You can watch the full hearing and read testimony and statements from Subcommittee members here.

FNS Responds to SNA’s Comments on SFSP Integrity Study

In May, SNA submitted comments on a proposed Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Integrity Study. Last week, FNS provided a response to SNA’s comments. In its letter, SNA urged the agency to use State agency directors to test study materials, eliminate redundancies and reduce the burden of the proposed study, provide advance materials to study respondents, rely on State agency directors as the primary contacts for the study, allow study respondents to submit requested information in its original format and to look for ways to streamline administration of SFSP.

FNS responded to each of these points in its response. You can read SNA’s original comments here and FNS’ response here.

School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019 Introduced

U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) introduced H.R. 3125, the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019. The legislation reaffirms recent regulation from USDA by providing schools with the option to serve low-fat, flavored milk with the intent of increasing milk consumption in schools. “Milk provides the cornerstone of a healthy meal for our nation’s children,” Rep. Courtney said, “Unfortunately, we’ve seen a ten percent decline in school milk consumption in recent years.” Read more in Rep. Courtney’s press release.

Farm and Ranch to School Act

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced H.R. 3090, the Farm and Ranch to School Act, which would amend the Farm to School Program to include funding as an incentive for local livestock and meat procurement for school lunch programs. The legislation also enhances educational opportunities in the classroom related to livestock production and meat processing. “The Farm and Ranch to School Act will give South Dakota producers a fair shake at serving their product in the lunchroom. South Dakota’s students deserve the best and freshest quality meat in their lunches, this legislation will make that a reality,” said Rep. Johnson.

State Snapshots

Vermont Legislature Approves Bill Banning Plastic Bags, Styrofoam and Plastic Straws

In late May, the Vermont House and Senate both approved a bill, S.113, which would prohibit food service establishments from providing plastic carryout bags, expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) and single-use plastic straws. The measure has been referred to Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who has indicated he will sign the bill into law.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference

Get ready for great! Start planning now for whom you want to make sure you meet in St. Louis, Mo., at the "School Nutrition Networking Event of the Year"—SNA’s 73rd Annual National Conference (ANC), July 14-16, 2019!

Upcoming Webinar: Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 2:00 pm ET, USDA FNS will present a new webinar from the “CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursday Training Webinars” series. This webinar will cover “Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program” (CACFP). This webinar is part of Team Nutrition’s monthly training webinars that focus on topics related to the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements. Each webinar will be presented on the third Thursday of every other month and will focus on techniques and skills that trainers can use to provide high-quality meals and snacks through the CACFP. USDA welcomes all attendees including school nutrition professionals, state agencies, CACFP sponsoring organizations and industry members.

SNA’s Upcoming Webinar

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. Missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Non-Universal & Universal Breakfast in the Classroom: Data Driven Decisions and the Numbers Behind Breakfast in the Classroom
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Come hear from a Georgia school district that has had success both with a universal free model of breakfast in the classroom as well as counting and claiming model in some schools. This webinar will include a special focus on how the district utilizes data to inform decisions and tell the breakfast story.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.  


Mystery Chat Corner

On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed the Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence.
The five members appointed to the committee were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Over seventeen days the five worked to draft "A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled,” which was presented to the Continental Congress on June 28th.

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