Tuesday Morning - June 23, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Issues Waiver on Food Entitlement Calculations for SY 2020-2021

Federal Policy

USDA Authorized Labels and Manufacturers
USDA Expands Access to Online Food Purchase Program

State Snapshots

North Carolina Bill to Provide Emergency Funding for School Nutrition Services
Minnesota Proposes Revisions to School Meal Policy
Vermont Introduces Bill to Ask USDA Meal Waivers

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School Nutrition Association Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Issues Waiver on Food Entitlement Calculations for SY 2020-2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an opt-in waiver under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that would allow state agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to use data from the 2018-2019 SY when calculating their 2020-2021 SY Food Entitlement. Entitlement levels are based on the previous year’s lunch counts, which state agencies were assigned in January 2020. The waiver would give states the option to minimize the impact of COVID-19 related lunch participation declines on USDA Foods entitlements  See full waiver for details. Check out SNA’s Action Network page on USDA FNS Waivers and Guidance for full details on waivers and extensions.

Federal Policy

USDA Authorized Labels and Manufacturers

On June 17th, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a list of manufacturers that have met the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) quality control program requirements for the CN Labeling Program. These lists are updated and re-posted monthly; however, the product name on the food carton with the CN label may not necessarily match the product description from the list. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure that the product label meets all federal labeling requirements. FNS’s website provides a complete list of labels and resources for CN credentials.

USDA Expands Access to Online Food Purchase Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced approval of requests from Nebraska, South Carolina and Utah 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 states where SNAP online purchasing is operational, click here

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State Snapshots

North Carolina Bill to Provide Emergency Funding for School Nutrition Services

H 1035 provides $75,000,000 for the Department of Public Instruction to provide emergency school nutrition services in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These funds shall be distributed to schools and districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) or Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).   

Minnesota Proposes Revisions to School Meal Policy

SF 132 or HF 18 requires all schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to adopt a formal school meal policy on serving, accounting, and meal debt and distribute this policy to all students, including posting on an online forum. 

Vermont Introduces Bill to Ask USDA Meal Waivers

H 965 requires that the Vermont Department of Education continue to seek waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to enable the use of federal funds for the delivery of school meals. 

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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.

FRAC: Strategies for Keeping Summer Meals Strong During COVID-19
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 3:00 PM
Staying motivated can be difficult during the best of times and requires even more focus when unexpected events happen. As school nutrition professionals plan for schools to reopen, employees motivated to deliver exceptional service are key to adapting to a new norm. In this webinar, we'll explore how to focus on motivating ourselves first and how this impacts our team. It will help each attendee learn what they can do to inspire lasting success.

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

Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (June 23rd) in 1949, the first twelve women graduated from which institution?
A: Harvard Medical School

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