Tuesday Morning - March 27, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

New Funding for Nutrition Programs in Omnibus Spending Bill
Community Eligibility Provision: Statutory Annual Notification and Publication Requirements
FRAC Releases Report on Afterschool Suppers
SNA PAC: Thank You for Your Contribution

State Snapshots

Hawaii Local Agriculture in School Meals
Louisiana Unpaid Meals Legislation
Correction - California Universal Breakfast Bill

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Summer Meals Webinars
Food Research & Action Center Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

New Funding for Nutrition Programs in Omnibus Spending Bill

On Friday, March 23, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 1625 (115), otherwise known as Congress’ massive fiscal year 2018 spending bill. The over 2,000-page, $1.3 trillion dollar bill was introduced in the House on Wednesday night and passed on Thursday in a 256-167 vote, then went to the Senate where it was passed on Friday morning on a 65-32 vote. The bill needed to be signed into law before midnight on Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

The massive funding bill included $2 million for training school food service personnel. The funds may be accessed by a professional organization, such as SNA, to develop a training program for school nutrition personnel that focuses on school food service meal preparation and workforce development. The bill also provides $30 million for competitive grants to State agencies for sub grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to purchase equipment with a value of at least $1,000. The grants may be used to facilitate serving healthier meals, improve food safety, and to help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of school breakfast. In addition, the Omnibus bill included $5 million in funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, which doubles current available funding.

At a time when funding is hard to come by, the inclusion of our critical school nutrition programs is a recognition by Congress of the important role our programs play in the lives of hungry children

Community Eligibility Provision: Statutory Annual Notification and Publication Requirements

The U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released its annual notice regarding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The memo details guidance on CEP and publication requirements, and provides information on the USDA-developed reporting template.

The memo also serves as a reminder that state agencies have a statutory June 30 election deadline for local educational agencies (LEAs) to elect the Community Elegibility Provision (CEP). By May 1 of each year, state agencies must publish lists of eligible and near-eligible LEAs and schools on their state agency websites. The memo goes on to outline the data collections and levels required to complete the notification process, as well as various deadlines for different requirements. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum and attachment to program operators immediately.

FRAC Releases Report on Afterschool Suppers

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released its first ever report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs, titled Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation. The report highlights the benefits of the programs and identifies strategies to reach more low-income children. A striking statistic in the report shows that nearly 1.1 million low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers in October 2016, which was up significantly from the 200,000 children served in October 2011.

Federally funded afterschool meals participation data can be found in the report for both the entire nation and for each state. Even though the numbers have drastically gone up over the years, still only one child for every 20 low-income children who participated in school lunch in October 2016 received an afterschool supper, so there is still much room for improvement and many more children to reach.

SNA PAC: Thank You for Your Contribution

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) Political Action Committee collected nearly $6,500 in contributions during the 2018 Legislative Action Conference. These critical funds allow SNA government affairs staff to attend fundraisers with lawmakers who have jurisdiction over nutrition issues to explain the importance of school meals programs. PAC donations are also used to contribute to Members of Congress who champion school nutrition programs. Just because LAC 2018 is over, doesn’t mean you can’t contribute the SNA PAC. Visit SNA's Political Action Committee to find out more.

State Snapshots

Hawaii Local Agriculture in School Meals

SCR180 requests that the Hawaii Department of Education reexamine the menu schedules for school meals to give local produce suppliers the ability to provide locally grown produce in each meal. The bill is scheduled for public hearing on March 28.

Louisiana Unpaid Meals Legislation

SB 245, and HB 284, companion unpaid meal debt bills, were introduced in the Louisiana House and Senate on March 12. The proposed law provides specific procedures if a student owes money for three or more meals including determining eligibility and parental notification. Among other provisions, a school must provide a USDA reimbursable meal to a student who requests one regardless of whether the student has money to pay or owes money for meals.

Correction - California Universal Breakfast Bill

AB3043 authorizes expenditures from the cafeteria fund or cafeteria account to provide universal breakfast. The bill also allows use of the cafeteria fund or account for the purchase of a mobile food facility. The bill would not require the purchase of a mobile food facility, as stated in an earlier issue of Tuesday Morning .

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Register Now:
Best of #SNIC18: Making Plant-Based Eating Doable and Desirable in K-12
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Are plant-based proteins nutritious and safe for growing children? Join this webinar to explore this growing trend and examine the nutritional adequacy of plant-based diets in K-12. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Best of #SNIC18: When it Comes to Food and Ingredients, What Do Consumers Really Want?
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Good value. Convenient. Clean label. Locally sourced. What do consumers really want? Join strategic nutrition marketer Mark Cornthwaite who will help you uncover different consumer segments, their specific needs and how you can address those needs as a school nutrition program operator or industry professional.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 3: Strategies for Partial Implementation
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
SNA and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) have partnered to bring you this webinar. Learn more about the flexibility of school districts in implementing CEP.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

USDA Summer Meals Webinars

USDA is hosting a series of Summer Meals Program webinars.

What Cities Can Teach Us About Summer Meals
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Boosting Your Budget – Summer Meals Financial Planning
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Middle of Summer Strategies
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 1:00 pm EST

Food Research & Action Center Webinars

The Food Research & Action Center provides their Meals Matter Webinar Series to assist school nutrition operators in their meal programs.

Getting the Word Out About Summer Meals
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
State agencies, summer programs, and advocates can boost participation by utilizing different strategies for spreading the word about the availability of summer meals to families leading up to summer and once programs begin. On this call you will hear about effective methods and resources to promote programs, raise awareness, and ensure more families are connected to summer meals this year.

Improving Afterschool Meal Quality and Reducing Waste
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00 pm ET
Healthy, high-quality meals help to attract children to educational and enrichment programming and keep them coming throughout the school year, while also reducing waste. Communicating with vendors, incorporating feedback from children, and farm to school initiatives are just some successful strategies. Join us to learn how afterschool programs, advocates, and community partners can improve meal quality and appeal while being conscious of ways to reduce food waste.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." – John Quincy Adams (1825-1829). SNA is proud to be a membership organization composed of foodservice professionals taking action every day to improve the lives of students all over the country.


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