Tuesday Morning - March 3, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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Federal Policy

New #LAC2020 Speakers: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue & Chairman Roberts
SNA Comments on Proposed School Meal Flexibilities
Share Your Comments with USDA
The LAC 2020 Mobile App Officially Launches
Health and Safety Precautions at LAC

State Snapshots

Arizona Introduces Lunch Shaming Legislation
California Proposes School Breakfast Week
Connecticut Presents Bills on Recycling and Lunch Shaming
Maryland Introduces Bills on School Meal Debt and Summer Program Waivers
New Jersey Creates Bill for Awarding Professional Contracts in Schools
New Mexico Passes Legislation to Eliminate the Reduced-Price Co-Pay
New York Proposes Expansion of Farm Commodities for School Meal Programs
Rhode Island Introduces Mandatory School Lunch Program

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
Help Shape Federal Policy at SNA’s 2020 LAC

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

New #LAC2020 Speakers: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue & Chairman Roberts

Next week, nearly 900 school nutrition professionals from across the country will participate in SNA’s 48th annual Legislative Action Conference to participate in exciting programming such as informative education sessions, keynote speaker Larry Sabato and a student panel discussion. SNA is delighted to announce new speakers to the LAC program. On Monday, March 9, LAC attendees will hear from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during a fireside chat with SNA President Gay Anderson and SNA CEO Patricia Montague. Attendees will also hear from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) during a tribute to the Chairman, who is retiring this year. Read More

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SNA Comments on Proposed School Meal Flexibilities

SNA has submitted detailed comments in support of the USDA proposed regulation to simplify school meal service and monitoring requirements in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP). The comments reflect the input of SNA members nationwide and emphasize the need to ease overly complex and burdensome administrative and meal planning mandates.

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Share Your Comments with USDA

It’s your turn to submit your comments to USDA! Use SNA’s convenient comment submission template to have your voice heard on the proposed school meal flexibilities. Members will also have an opportunity to comment at the Take Action station at #LAC2020 located next to registration. USDA wants to hear from the professionals on the front lines – your experience and insight is valuable!

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The LAC 2020 Mobile App Officially Launches

The LAC Mobile App is the best way to plan out your time at #LAC2020 and to stay connected while on-site in Washington, D.C. The LAC mobile app will allow you to access all critical resources and conference floor plans. It also provides the ability to build your schedule, evaluate education sessions, message attendees, join discussion groups and receive up-to-date schedule changes and program alerts.

To download the LAC Mobile App, search for “SNA Events” in the Apple or Google Play App Stores. Once downloaded, create a login of your choice or use your existing login if you’ve previously used the SNA App.

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Health and Safety Precautions at LAC

This cold and flu season, we are on high alert, and we are closely monitoring updates from local and national public health authorities regarding the spreading coronavirus. Currently, there is no information to suggest that there is an imminent risk for those in attendance at this year’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC). Fortunately, there are only a limited number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, the same basic steps taken to prevent the flu and common cold can be used to ward off this and other illnesses:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Limit one-on-one contact (hugs, handshakes, etc.) with other conference goers.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, or who appear to have symptoms of a respiratory illness.
  • Stay home or in your hotel room if you’re feeling under the weather.
  • LAC host hotel, the Marriott Marquis, is also providing additional hand sanitizer stations. With continued aggressive good hygiene, we can all do our part to help keep everyone healthy and to make LAC a success. As developing information is made available, we will continue to provide updates.

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    State Snapshots

    Arizona Introduces Lunch Shaming Legislation

    SB 1587 prohibits school personnel from taking any disciplinary actions against a pupil that is unable to pay school meal fees, including the removal or delay of a meal that meets nutrition standards.

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    California Proposes School Breakfast Week

    ACR 178 proclaims March 2, 2020, to March 6, 2020, as School Breakfast Week.

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    Connecticut Presents Bills on Recycling and Lunch Shaming

    SB 99 requires school districts to develop a plan for discontinuing the use of trays made from expanded polystyrene.

    SB 89prohibits any disciplinary actions in public schools against a student for unpaid meal charges and would allow for any public or private entity to donate to outstanding meal debt.

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    Maryland Introduces Bills on School Meal Debt and Summer Program Waivers

    HB 1152 requires all public schools to notify a student’s parent or guardian if there is a low balance in the student’s meal account before the student accrues unpaid meal debt. This bill also prohibits any disciplinary or stigmatizing actions against any student with unpaid meal charges. SB 828 or HB 1135 requires the Maryland Department of Education to create regulatory waivers for the Summer Food Service Program.

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    New Jersey Creates Bill for Awarding Professional Contracts in Schools

    S 1299 requires all contracts for professional services to be awarded by the State, county, municipal and school district through the competitive contracting process.

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    New Mexico Passes Legislation to Eliminate the Reduced-Price Co-Pay

    The New Mexico State Senate has passed HB 10 to eliminate the reduced price copayments for all students in New Mexico. This legislation will ensure that 12,500 students will receive a school meal every day.

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    New York Proposes Expansion of Farm Commodities for School Meal Programs

    S 7847 permits all school food authorities to attribute funds spent on purchases of food products from New York state farmers, growers, producers or processors made for its School Breakfast Program to the thirty percent of costs for school lunch service programs.

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    Rhode Island Introduces Mandatory School Lunch Program

    S 2507 requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools to the extent that state and federal funds are available.

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    Mark Your Calendars

    SNA's Upcoming Webinars

    Some school districts are missing out on the benefits—such as increased participation and decreased administrative burdens—because they believe their ISP is too low. Register for this week’s Webinar Wednesday and learn how Schools across the country are successfully implementing community eligibility at a whole range of ISP. 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. on-demand webinars.

    Making Community Eligibility Work with Lower ISPs
    Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
    SNA and FRAC have partnered to bring you a webinar focused on the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and how to make it work at lower ISPs.

    USDA’s Data Validation Service: A Cloud-Based Solution to Improved Verification Reporting
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 2:00 pm ET
    The USDA data validation service (DVS) is a set of data edit checks designed to improve the quality of school meal verification data.

    Best of #SNIC2020: Making it Happen: Sustainability and School Nutrition
    Wednesday, March 18, 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.

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    Help Shape Federal Policy at SNA’s 2020 LAC

    SNA’s 48th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is just around the corner! Starting March 8, come prepared to strengthen your advocacy skills, network with hundreds of school nutrition professionals and close out #LAC2020 by making your voice heard on Capitol Hill. There’s still time to register onsite at the conference!

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    Mystery Chat Corner

    On this day (March 3rd) in 1923, the first issue of what weekly periodical appeared on newsstands?
    A: TIME

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