Tuesday Morning - March 19, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

President’s 2020 Budget Addendum Addresses School Nutrition Programs
LAC 2019 Feedback Forms
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs
New Resources for Unpaid Meal Charges Released by USDA
FNS Extends FNS-640 Deadline and Issues Instructions and Reporting Guidance
FNS Seeks Comment on Updated State Administrative Expense Fund Burden Estimate

State Snapshots

Wisconsin Governor Proposes State Funding for School Breakfast

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

President’s 2020 Budget Addendum Addresses School Nutrition Programs

On Monday, March 18, the White House released an addendum to the 2020 President’s Budget Request. The addendum includes provisions that would require local educational agencies to verify the information reported on 8 percent of household applications versus the current 3 percent requirement. The budget would also limit participation in the Community Eligibility Provisions to only those schools with 40 percent or more directly certified students. This request can be found on page 122 of the addendum, titled “Major Savings and Reforms.” The release of the President’s budget kicks off the U.S. budget process signaling Congressional discussions and eventually the release of the Congressional Budget Resolution. SNA is closely monitoring and will keep SNA members informed as updates develop.

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.

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs

A Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing last Tuesday examining federal Child Nutrition Programs. Members of the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee heard testimony from four witnesses, two of them SNA members, about the importance of Child Nutrition Programs, specifically the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. You can watch the hearing and read the witnesses’ testimony here.

New Resources for Unpaid Meal Charges Released by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new resources to help tackle unpaid meal charges, including updated fact sheets and communication strategies and payment methods that can help support students and parents. They’ve also uploaded documents that can be adapted for your program, including a Charge Policy Training Presentation, talking points and an excess balance letter and donation form. You can find all of USDA’s Unpaid Meal Charge resources and information on the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) website.

FNS Extends FNS-640 Deadline and Issues Instructions and Reporting Guidance

Last week, FNS posted a memo with instructions and reporting guidance for state agencies using form FNS-640 to report SY 2017-18 Administrative Review data. The memo also extended the reporting deadline to May 1, 2019, due to delays caused by the government shutdown and system development schedules.

FNS Seeks Comment on Updated State Administrative Expense Fund Burden Estimate

In a Federal Register notice, FNS announced it is seeking comment on a revision to its estimate of burden hours for recordkeeping requirements for State Administrative Expenses. FNS has reduced its estimate by 25 total hours.

State Snapshots

Wisconsin Governor Proposes State Funding for School Breakfast

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ budget proposal calls for the state to return to funding school breakfast and the school milk program. State support was cut in the 2011-13 budget and never restored. Gov. Evers’ proposal would provide $0.15 in state reimbursement for every breakfast served and anticipates spending about $5.6 million on school breakfast and $765,000 on school milk over the next two years.

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 #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 19, 1918, the Standard Time Act was signed into law.
The law established time zones and implemented a shift to Daylight Saving Time during the summer months. This change would prove unpopular, and Congress eliminated nationwide Daylight Saving Time over President Wilson’s veto in 1919. A nationwide Daylight Saving Time wouldn’t be established again until passage of the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

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