Tuesday Morning - March 17, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Thank You for Focusing on the Future at #LAC2020!
USDA Announces Waiver Options on Meal Service During COVID-19 Closuresl
The Families First Response Act
USDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed School and Summer Meal Rules
2020 Serving Up USDA Foods Photo Contest Results

State Snapshots

California Creates “California Agriculture Day”
Hawaii Introduces Legislation to Modify School Meal Components
Kentucky Proposes Bill to Declare “Environmental Education Day”
Nebraska Presents Legislation to Establish Interim Study
Oklahoma Presents Amendment to Provide School Lunch Workshop Revolving Fund
Utah Introduces an Amendment for Alternative Breakfast Service Model

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Thank You for Focusing on the Future at #LAC2020!

SNA was pleased to welcome 850 school nutrition professionals to the 48th Legislative Action Conference (#LAC2020) in Washington, D.C. The conference featured exciting announcements, engaging speakers and breaking news on the latest developments in school nutrition programs. Read more on SNA’s website.

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USDA Announces Waiver Options on Meal Service During COVID-19 Closures

On March 6, USDA notified State agencies of the opportunity to request waivers related to meal service during unanticipated coronavirus-related school closures. The announcement came one day after SNA sent a letter to USDA on this topic. The waivers would allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) enrolled in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) the opportunity to serve meals in a non-congregate setting at area eligible school sites. SNA is advocating to temporarily expand eligibility for SFSP and SSO to all schools to allow any school that is equipped to serve needy students during the COVID-19 outbreak the ability to do so.

USDA confirms that the language we passed in supp 2 will allow them to do open sites in non area eligible locations (no counting & claiming!) & they intend to allow these waivers.

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The Families First Response Act

As of Monday, March 16th, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill includes $1 billion in food assistance for low-income students and families. This bill is currently awaiting debate in the Senate.

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USDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed School and Summer Meal Rules

USDA today announced it is extending the deadline for the public to comment on recent proposed rules on school and summer meals reforms. USDA is providing additional time to ensure those who wish to provide input do not miss out on the opportunity while dealing with the impacts of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The comment period will be extended to April 22, 2020. You can share your comment using SNA’s convenient prepopulated commenting tool on the SNA Action Network. Edit the message to make it your own and make your voice heard!

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2020 Serving Up USDA Foods Photo Contest Results

USDA Foods announced the winners of the 4th annual USDA Foods Photo Contest “Serving Up USDA Foods.” Congratulations to East Hampton PS (CT), Washoe County SD (NV), Mequon-Thiensville SD (WI), East Syracuse Minoa Central SD (NY) and Cranston PS (RI) for their colorful, appealing and healthful school meals! View the winners on the USDA Foods website.

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State Snapshots

California Creates “California Agriculture Day”

HR 89 designates March 18th as California Agriculture Day, to celebrate the vital role farmers and agriculture services play in keeping California nourished and their role in providing nutritious and healthy foods for school meal programs.

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Hawaii Introduces Legislation to Modify School Meal Components

SCR 114 urges the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to offer vegetarian lunch meals in all public schools at least once a week.

HCR 193 or HR 174 instructs the DOE to work towards offering plant-based proteins in at least 50% of lunch meals served in public schools.

SCR 214 or SR 181 amends the Hawaii State Planning Act to encourage the purchase and use of Hawaiian grown foods and products by the Hawaii Department of Education’s Food Service Branch and School Meals Programs.

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Kentucky Proposes Bill to Declare “Environmental Education Day”

SR 251 declares April 22nd as Environmental Education Day, recognizing that providing nutrition education and healthy school meals helps to support brain power with the vitamins and nutrients that students need to focus and have the energy to learn.

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Nebraska Presents Legislation to Establish Interim Study

LR 337 creates an interim study to examine all Nebraskan grown food products to see if these commodities can be used in school meals and snacks.

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Oklahoma Presents Amendment to Provide School Lunch Workshop Revolving Fund

SB 1364, Senate Floor Amendment FS FA1 instructs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to sponsor the School Lunch Workshop Revolving Fund, which would provide workshops for personnel and participants in the school lunch program.

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Utah Introduces an Amendment for Alternative Breakfast Service Model

HB 222, Senate Committee Amendment 1 states that in the 2022-23 school year, a public school with 50% or more of students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals shall use an alternative breakfast service model.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Register now for this week’s Webinar Wednesday to hear the latest updates on guidelines for serving students school meals when schools are closed or dismissed. Plus, register for two additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Serving Students School Meals During COVID-19
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Join SNA, USDA and FRAC to hear the latest updates on guidelines for serving students school meals when schools are closed or dismissed. School nutrition operators will also provide practical ideas for how they are working to provide meals to students working with their communities, state agencies, and other partners.

Best of #SNIC2020: Making it Happen: Sustainability and School Nutrition
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
From composting initiatives to reducing or changing packaging, what steps can you take to make your school nutrition program more sustainable? As presented at #SNIC2020, join this panel discussion to hear about sustainable practices from across the country and discuss what’s ahead for school nutrition.
Best of #SNIC2020: What’s Your Vision? How to Use a Vision Board to Map Out Your Goals
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
Get ready for a strategic session designed to help you create a vision board to map out the future of your school nutrition program. You will have the opportunity to delve into past experiences, successes and improvement areas as well as future aspirations—and learn how all these aspects are important to consider. You will walk away with a strong vision to support your professional goals and grow your program or business.

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FRAC Meals Matter Webinars

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Meals Matter webinar series assist school nutrition professionals in the operation of school meal programs.

Growing Stronger, Sustainable Year-Round Programs
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 1:00 pm ET
Sponsors and children both benefit when year-round meals are provided seamlessly in communities through the Summer Food Service Program and Afterschool Meal Program, and March is the perfect time to finalize plans for moving from afterschool to summer meals. This webinar will cover best practices, streamlining opportunities, and new resources for establishing strong, financially viable year-round meal programs.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (March 17th) in 2000, what U.S. actress was the first to command $20 million for her role in the movie Erin Brockovich?
A: Julia Roberts

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