Tuesday Morning - June 2, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

Speak Up for School Nutrition Program Funding
FDA and USDA Recommend PPE Priority Guidelines
Proposed Rule: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Federal Policy

USDA Expands Access to Online Food Purchase Program
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Reschedules Meeting and Extends Comment Period Meals on Wheels for Kids Act
Information Collection: Micro-Grants for Food Security Program

State Snapshots

Illinois Includes Amendment to Reimburse Schools for Free Meal Programs
Louisiana Introduces Bill to Match State Funding for School Lunch Programs

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School Nutrition Association Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

Speak Up for School Nutrition Program Funding

Please make your voice heard and urge the U.S. Senate to pass $3 billion in emergency funding for school nutrition programs! On May 12, 2020, U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) proposed the Funding Emergency Eating Distribution for the Children (FEED the Children) Act. The language of the bill was included in The Heroes Act and passed by the House on May 15, 2020. The Heroes Act provides $3 billion in emergency funding to help child nutrition programs cover costs associated with COVID-19 school closures. It also designates school nutrition workers as "essential."

As SNA continues to advocate for financial relief, PPE and other program assistance, we are asking that you reinforce the message by writing to the Senate and asking for their support of these provisions!

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FDA and USDA Recommend PPE Priority Guidelines

The USDA and FDA released recommendations to help address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfectants and sanitation supplies in the food and agriculture industry. The recommendations call for the prioritization of supplies, first to Healthcare and Public Health and then to the Food and Agriculture sector including food service.

Proposed Rule: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The USDA posted the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Final Rule in the Federal Register on May 21st, 2020. CFAP provides assistance to agricultural producers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This rule establishes provisions for direct payments to producers of eligible commodities to help offset sales losses and increased marketing costs.

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Federal Policy

USDA Expands Access to Online Food Purchase Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced approval of requests from Washington, Florida, Minnesota and Hawaii to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow these states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time. For a complete list of state where SNAP online purchasing is operational, click here

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Reschedules Meeting and Extends Comment Period

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee' s (DGAC) webcast only meeting, initially scheduled for Monday, June 8, will now take place on Wednesday, June 17, at 11:00 AM EDT. The meeting will include updates on the Committee’s draft conclusion statements, deliberations and decisions regarding their draft advisory report. In addition, the public comment period has also been extended until June 10, 2020.

Meals on Wheels for Kids Act

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill) introduced H.R. 6968, the Meals on Wheels for Kids Act.  H.R. 6968 establishes a pilot grant program to deliver healthy meals to children in rural and difficult-to-reach areas who rely on school meals during the school year but are unable to get to summer meal sites while school is closed.

Information Collection: Micro-Grants for Food Security Program

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service posted notice of intent to collect information for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP) in the Federal Register on May 26, 2020. As authorized in the Farm Bill, the MGFSP is intended to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food in food insecure communities. The information collected is needed to certify that grant participants are complying with applicable program regulations. Comments on this information collection are due by July 27th, 2020.

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State Snapshots

Illinois Includes Amendment to Reimburse Schools for Free Meal Programs

Amendment 2 of SB 1805 would allow the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Comptroller, to transfer funds to the Education Assistance fund to reimburse schools for costs associated with providing free school lunch and breakfast programs.   

Louisiana Introduces Bill to Match State Funding for School Lunch Programs

HB 105 guarantees $5,105,090 in state funding to assist public school lunch programs. Local education agencies shall distribute funds monthly to school lunch programs.

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School Nutrition Association Webinars

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

Rewind & Repeat: Science-Based Basics to Food Safety: Q&A Session
June 6, 2020 3:00 PM ET
Experts with the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs at Kansas State University are back with a special edition Q & A webinar. They will be answering your questions about food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can always go back and view their first two webinars with SNA in the On-Demand page. We hope you come ready with your questions! 

USDA Team Nutrition Webinars

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the child nutrition programs through training and technical assistance.

How to Maximize the Exhibit A Grains Tool
June 11, 2020 2:00 PM ET
Team Nutrition will provide in-depth practice for using the grains tool on the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) Interactive Web-Based Tool. Participants will also experience the Exhibit A Grains Tool on the Mobile App, which allows program operators to determine the grains contribution and the amount to serve on-the-go.

Mystery Chat Corner

On June 2nd in 1998, the United States Supreme Court rules that this historic gateway for millions of immigrants is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
A: Ellis Island

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