Tuesday Morning - June 4, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

New USDA Trade Assistance Includes Food Purchases to Support School Meals
USDA 2019 Spring Unified Agenda
USDA Announces Farm to School Census

State Snapshots

Vermont Expands Eligibility for Farm to School Grants

Mark Your Calendars

Crediting Popcorn, Hominy, Corn Masa and other Corn Products in CNPs
SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

New USDA Trade Assistance Includes Food Purchases to Support School Meals

In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $16 billion in additional support for farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. As part of this support, the Agricultural Marketing Service will be implementing a $1.4 billion Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase surplus impacted commodities for distribution to food banks, schools and other programs.

USDA 2019 Spring Unified Agenda

The US government has released the Spring 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda reports on regulatory and deregulatory actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. In the USDA Agenda, the Food and Nutrition Services lists current and upcoming Proposed and Final Rule policy priorities for nutrition programs, including school nutrition programs.

USDA Announces Farm to School Census

On May 30, 2019, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems announced that the third Farm to School Census will become available in September 2019. The Farm to School Census is a survey that focuses on effectiveness and outreach of farm to school programs nationwide. The survey will examine each school districts’ farm to school practices, such as the quantity and utilization of school gardens, the regularity of agriculture education and distinct food purchasing behaviors. The Farm to School Census will survey all School Food Authorities (SFAs) in every state and U.S. territories that are currently taking part in the National School Lunch Program. Check out the Farm to School Census homepage for more information and to see which activities count as a Farm to School Activity.

State Snapshots

Vermont Expands Eligibility for Farm to School Grants

Governor Phil Scott signed into law H.79, which expands eligibility for state Farm-to-School Grants. Previously, only schools and other child care providers were eligible for the grants. Now, organizations that administer or assist with the development of Farm-to-School programs can also apply for the funding.

Mark Your Calendars

Crediting Popcorn, Hominy, Corn Masa and other Corn Products in CNPs

On June 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET, USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) will present the fourth webinar of the “Crediting Updates for Child Nutrition Programs: Be in the Know!” webinar series. The webinar will provide an overview of the crediting updates resulting from the Request for Information for these foods and provide crediting technical assistance with hands-on practice specifically for popcorn, hominy, corn masa and other corn products. All are welcome to attend, including program operators, State agencies, and the food industry. To register, visit this link.

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!

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 4, 1876, the Transcontinental Express arrived in San Francisco 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.
Intended as a publicity stunt – and widely reported in newspapers – the trip nonetheless highlighted how profoundly rail travel had changed the United States. Only ten years earlier, the same trip would have taken months, but with the opening of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 an average traveler could make the trip west in a little over ten days.

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