Tuesday Morning - March 12, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

LAC 2019 Feedback Forms
Watch Sec. Perdue’s Address at #LAC19
White House Releases FY 2020 Budget Proposal
USDA Launches Start Simple with MyPlate
March is National Nutrition Month
FNS Accepting Applications for Two Team Nutrition Training Grants
FNS Seeks Comment on SFSP Integrity Study

State Snapshots

Texas House Introduces Local Procurement and Unpaid Meal Bill
Bill to Create Breakfast Incentive Program Introduced in Montana

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

LAC 2019 Feedback Forms

Calling all attendees from LAC 2019! Although LAC may be over, SNA’s work is just beginning. Please be sure to send in your Feedback Forms! There are multiple feedback form return options to choose from. This feedback and input is essential to SNA’s mission and helps fuel our advocacy efforts on your behalf throughout the year. Please email any feedback forms to advocacy@schoolnutrition.org.

Watch Sec. Perdue’s Address at #LAC19

On February 25, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed approximately 900 school nutrition professionals attending SNA’s 47th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). Sec. Perdue spoke about his experiences with school meals programs and USDA’s efforts to provide flexibility to help school nutrition operators better serve students. He also announced USDA’s final rule on hiring flexibilities for school nutrition programs and State Agency staff. You can watch a video of his speech here.

White House Releases FY 2020 Budget Proposal

Yesterday, the White House released its $4.7 trillion FY 2020 Budget Proposal. The document outlines the administration’s fiscal priorities and begins the process of drafting and negotiating a budget that can be approved by Congress and signed by the President. The proposal is transmitted to the House and Senate budget committees who begin to work on budget resolutions.

USDA Launches Start Simple with MyPlate

USDA’s Start Simple with MyPlate initiative provides inspiration, tips, ideas and personalized plans to meet your food group targets. The initiative is all about bringing it back to basics and focusing on simple ways to improve food choices from each of the five MyPlate food groups. For more information, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Read more on the Academy’s website.

FNS Accepting Applications for Two Team Nutrition Training Grants

Last Wednesday, FNS posted two grant opportunities for NSLP administering State agencies. The Team Nutrition Innovative State Training Programs Grant would support the expansion of training programs designed to improve school nutrition professionals’ knowledge and skills. FNS expects to award grants of up to $700,000 to five State agencies, and applications must be submitted by June 2, 2019.

The Team Nutrition E-STAR Training Grant would support the implementation and evaluation of an enhanced version of the Institute of Child Nutrition’s (ICN) Strategies, Training, Action Plans, and Resources (STAR) training program. FNS expects to award up to $2,500,000 to two State agencies, and applications must be submitted by June 2, 2019.

Each State may submit only one application on behalf of all interested Child Nutrition State agencies within that State and may apply to only one of the two Team Nutrition Training Grants. States that submit applications for both grant opportunities will not be considered.

FNS Seeks Comment on SFSP Integrity Study

FNS is seeking public comment on a proposed Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Integrity Study. The study seeks to provide FNS with information about how SFSP is administered and monitored by State agencies, sponsors and sites. Comments are invited on the necessity of the information collection, as well as the agency’s estimate of burden hours and ways to improve the collection.

State Snapshots

Texas House Introduces Local Procurement and Unpaid Meal Bills

Two school nutrition bills were introduced in the Texas House of Representative last week. HB 2954 regulates how Texas school districts address unpaid meals and requires district policy to allow a student to charge meals to their accounts for a grace period of at least two weeks after they no longer have sufficient funds to purchase a meal. The bill also establishes required communications during the grace period, prohibits actions that would publicly identify a student with a negative balance and authorizes the school to serve an alternate meal after the grace period ends.

HB 3210 encourages the use of Texas produced food in school lunches by establishing the Thirty Percent Texas Initiative, which would provide a $0.25 reimbursement for each meal served by School Food Authorities (SFAs) that spent at least 30% of their food costs on items grown or harvested in Texas.

Bill to Create Breakfast Incentive Program Introduced in Montana

HB 648, introduced last week in the Montana House of Representatives, would establish a state incentive program to encourage the adoption of “proven and effective breakfast service models.” The program would provide $0.05 for each breakfast served at qualifying schools that increase breakfast participation.

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

The National Child Nutrition Conference, scheduled for April 22-26, 2019 in Chicago, Ill., will feature the best educational training and networking opportunities for CACFP, Afterschool Meals and Summer Food Service teams. Join the child nutrition community for three days of education featuring over 175 presenters and 150 hours of workshops.

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Check out upcoming SNA webinars on CEP, "Best of #SNIC19," and the first of our "Best of #LAC19" series! Missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #SNIC19: Turning Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Join innovation expert Daniel Burrus as he explains what it takes to accurately anticipate technology-driven disruptions before they occur, prep to meet customer needs before they express them, and identify game-changing opportunities for school nutrition programs.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #LAC19: Winning Over the Public on School Meals
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Legislators, parents, school administrators and media alike all have preconceptions about school meal programs – and too often they are based on foggy memories of what they ate for school lunch decades ago. As presented at #LAC19, this webinar will help you figure out how to move the needle, take advantage of all the communications tools at your disposal and change perceptions of school meals.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.

Best of #SNIC19: The Evolving Agricultural Landscape - Enabling a Plant-Based Future
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
What will the future of protein look like? Join Kellogg’s as they examine the challenges of feeding future leaders with optimal nutrient profiles that rival animal proteins while meeting regulations in school foodservice.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.


Mystery Chat Corner

On March 12, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation for the first time as President.
In the first of what would eventually be termed “Fireside chats,” President Roosevelt addressed the nation by radio, after closing the entire American banking system for six days to prevent bank runs caused by the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s radio addresses attracted large audiences, particularly during World War II, and the 30 speeches were included in the first 50 recordings archived in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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