Tuesday Morning - June 25, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on SNAP Broad Based Categorical Eligibility
New School Meals Bills Introduced in Congress
Second Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

State Snapshots

Maine Approves Bill to Increase Access to Afterschool Food Programs

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars On-Demand
Webinar on Building Relationships with Lawmakers
CACFP Trainers’ Circle: Interactive In-Person Training Webinar
SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference
Back to School, Back to Afterschool Meals: Getting Started and Maximizing Participation
Upcoming Webinar: Serving Vegetables in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

House Agriculture Subcommittee Holds Hearing on SNAP Broad Based Categorical Eligibility

On Thursday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations held a hearing on a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate Broad Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) for SNAP. BBCE allows states to align income eligibility and asset limits for SNAP with the eligibility rules they use in programs financed under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, allowing households that have gross incomes over the federal poverty line to qualify for SNAP benefits if high expenses for housing, childcare and healthcare leave them with a net income below the poverty line. You can watch the full hearing and read witness testimony here.

New School Meals Bills Introduced in Congress

Six new school meals bills have been introduced in Congress:

  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-MN) introduced H.R. 3220, the Kids Eat Local Act. The bill will allow schools to use geographic preference when procuring unprocessed agricultural products.
  • Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) introduced S. 1918, the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019. The bill proposes two alternative options states can utilize through the program. The first would allow for meals to be consumed off-site through innovative means like mobile feeding programs and backpack meal programs. The other option would authorize the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program, which would provide eligible families $30 per summer month per child, with a maximum of $100 per child per year, to purchase eligible food items from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) approved retailers.
  • Rep. Jon Wright (R-TX) introduced H.R. 3291, the SNACKS Act. The bill would allow schools to sell a la carte any food that can be served as part of a reimbursable meal under the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs.
  • Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced S. 1907 and H.R. 3366, the No Shame at School Act. The bill would prohibit public schools from shaming students who are unable to pay for school meals or who have outstanding debt. Additionally, the measure requires schools to certify a child’s unpaid meal fees and authorizes the federal government to reimburse the meals for up to 90 days.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S. 1908, the Summer Meals Act of 2019. The bill would expand access to summer meal programs by reducing regulatory burdens for local organization serving summer meals and expanding the availability of meals and snacks to students outside of normal school hours.

Second Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

USDA and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have announced that the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will hold its second public meeting on July 10-11, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Participation is available in person or via webinar. Registration for in person attendance is open until July 1.

Reminder, the public comment period is open and will remain open throughout the DGAC’s work and deliberations. The DGAC will review the scientific evidence on topics and questions from the respective Departments and will then provide a report to the Secretaries that will help to inform USDA and HHS in the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

State Snapshots

Maine Approves Bill to Increase Access to Afterschool Food Programs

On Thursday, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed LD 577 into law. The bill requires schools to operate an afterschool food program for at-risk students by participating in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program if their school administrative unit has at least one school where 50% or more students qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA’s Webinars On-Demand

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.

Webinar on Building Relationships with Lawmakers

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT
The Congressional Management Foundation will host “How to Hug a Porcupine: How to Build Relationships with Lawmakers and Why It’s Important.” The Congressional Management Foundation provides research and resources to organizations to help improve advocacy efforts, and this webinar will focus on proven-effective strategies for building influential relationships with lawmakers. Registration closes COB Friday, June 21, 2019. Register here.

CACFP Trainers’ Circle: Interactive In-Person Training Webinar

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 2:30 PM ET
Join the webinar, “CACFP Trainers’ Circle: Interactive In-Person Training.” This collaborative webinar will highlight strategies that will help to make in-person training more useful and participatory. Tune in to hear active members of the Maryland State Department and the Texas Department of Agriculture share their approaches to engage CACFP operators and difficulties in providing training. This training webinar is part of USDA’s Team Nutrition free, quarterly “CACFP Trainers’ Circle” webinar series. Register here.

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!

Back to School, Back to Afterschool Meals: Getting Started and Maximizing Participation

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT
Did you know that the Afterschool Meal Program can help fill the nutrition gap that may exist for millions of low-income children when the school day ends? The Afterschool Meal Program provides federal funding to afterschool programs operating in low-income areas to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and under after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. Join FRAC’s webinar to learn how to get started and increase participation at existing programs. You can register for the webinar here.

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 2:00 PM ET
USDA’s Food Nutrition Services (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. To register, visit this link.


Mystery Chat Corner

On June 25, 1951, CBS conducted the first commercial color TV broadcast.
Though the broadcast was in color, it’s estimated that there were only thirty compatible receivers in the broadcast area at the time. The first national color TV broadcast wouldn’t happen until 1954, and color TVs wouldn’t begin selling in significant numbers until the 1960s.

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