Tuesday Morning - June 19, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Your Mid-Year Advocacy Update
Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill
USDA Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2018
FNS Requests for Comment on Revisions to the Child Nutrition Program Operations Study
FRAC Report Finds Drop in Summer Meals Participation, Putting Children at Risk for Hunger

State Snapshots

California SN Equipment Grants and Charter School Bills
Pennsylvania Standards of Identity for Milk

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Foods in Schools Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Your Mid-Year Advocacy Update

SNA has been fighting hard for the legislative and policy priorities that ensure adequate funding and reasonable regulations so you can do what you do best – keep kids nourished and ready to learn! Half-way through the year, 2018 school nutrition advocacy shows no signs of slowing. Read a recap of the exciting progress we’ve made, including new funding, education efforts, and program simplification, on the SNA website.

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry met on June 13th to consider the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill. The bill was released by the Committee’s Chair, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), last week and was drafted in collaboration with Ranking Member Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). At the meeting, the committee considered amendments and approved the bill with bipartisan support. It will now head to the full Senate for consideration.

USDA Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published in the Federal Register its semiannual regulatory agenda, providing summary descriptions of the regulatory and deregulatory actions being developed in agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conformance with a number of Executive orders. The full agency rule list is available at Reginfo.gov, and includes the Interim Rule for child nutrition program flexibilities for milk, whole grains, and sodium requirements released in 2017.

FNS Requests for Comment on Revisions to the Child Nutrition Program Operations Study

In a Federal Register notice published on June 13, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requested public comment on a revision to a currently approved information collection for the Child Nutrition Program Operations Study-II (CN-OPS II). The purpose of the revision is to update the survey instruments for school year (SY) 2018-19 to include topics of current interest and collect timely data to inform Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) operations. Comments must be received on or before August 13, 2018.

FRAC Report Finds Drop in Summer Meals Participation, Putting Children at Risk for Hunger

A report released by the Food Research and Action Center found a steep decline in participation in summer meals programs, a trend the organization fears puts low-income children at an increased risk of food insecurity. After four years of growth from 2011 through 2015, the programs providing summer meals saw a steep drop in participation in 2016 and a more modest decrease last year. FRAC’s goal is for 40 children to receive a summer meal for every 100 enrolled in free and reduced lunch. On an average weekday in July 2017, only 15 children received a summer meal for every 100 low-income children receiving free and reduced-price school lunch.

State Snapshots

California SN Equipment Grants and Charter School Bills

AB 2271 passed the California Senate Committee on Education. It appropriates up to $100,000 to a school food authority that is awarded a federal Equipment Assistance Grant. AB 1871 passed the Senate Education Committee. It requires a charter school to provide a nationally adequate meal for free and reduced-price eligible students.

Pennsylvania Standards of Identity for Milk

SR 382 is a Senate resolution urging the FDA to enforce existing guidelines establishing a clear standard of identity for milk.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Register Now:

Best of #LAC18: Mastering Forecasting through Cycle Menus
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join this webinar to learn more about effectively planning your cycle menus to ensure cost effective use of your entitlement and commercially purchased food products. 
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

USDA Foods in Schools Webinars

USDA is providing guidance on the recent USDA Foods Processing Final Rule.

Regional Offices and State Agencies
Thursday, June 21, 2018, 1:00 pm EST
Registration links will be sent directly from USDA Food and Nutrition Services to Regional Offices and State Agencies.

The USDA Foods Processing Rule: A General Overview
Thursday, June 28, 2018, 1:00 pm EST
A review of the changes to the new USDA Foods processing regulations. This webinar is targeted for USDA Foods processors, brokers, distributors and school districts. FNS Regional Offices and USDA Foods in Schools State Distributing Agencies are welcome to attend.




Cafeteria Chat Corner

First Father’s Day Celebration Held in Spokane, WA, June 19, 1910.

In 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd successfully petitioned the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to hold a city-wide service in recognition of fathers on the third Sunday in June. She was inspired by the dedication of her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran and single parent to six children.

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