Tuesday Morning - March 30, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

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COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Publishes Meal Data Revealing Fewer Meals Served and Financial Loss

Federal Policy

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Holds Hearing for Child Nutrition Reauthorization 
American Food for American Schools Act
Federal Register: Comment Request for CACFP

State Snapshots

California Introduces Legislation to Expand Access to School Breakfast Programs
Michigan Drafts Bill Requiring Food Waste Disposal in Schools
Minnesota Presents Legislation Modifying Compensatory Revenue for CEP Schools
New York Drafts Bill to Create School Garden Fund
Tennessee Appropriates Funds for the Breakfast After the Bell Program
Texas Introduces Bill to Allow Schools to Donate Excess Food

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Upcoming SNA Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

FNS Publishes State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT

On March 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published state guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT assists families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures. These resources provide State Agencies with guidance and policy for navigating P-EBT, including P-EBT Guidance for Schools

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The child nutrition staff at Campbell Union School District in California prepares grab-and-go meals to deliver to elementary school students' classrooms.

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Federal Policy

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Holds Hearing for Child Nutrition Reauthorization

On March 25, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on "Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Meals and Healthy Futures." Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Boozman (R-AR) called upon several witnesses, including SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee members, Jessica Gould, RD, SNS, the Director of Nutrition Services at Littleton Public Schools in Colorado, and Diane Golzynski, PhD, RDN, the Director for the Office of Health and Nutrition Services for Michigan's Department of Education. During their testimony, Dr. Golzynski and Jessica Gould outlined the importance of a strong safety net such as school meal programs and the critical need for meal pattern flexibility. Read the full story and witness testimony.

American Food for American Schools Act

Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03) introduced H.R. 465, the "American Food for American Schools Act." This bill strengthens the "Buy American" provisions requiring school districts to purchase domestically sourced products for in-school meals. Under the bill, school districts must obtain a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase foreign-sourced food products funded by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Federal Register: Comment Request for CACFP

On March 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the Federal Register, Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Information Collection for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). FNS uses this collection to obtain and record information from CACFP providers to effectively manage the program and ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. All comments are due by May 24, 2021.

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State Snapshots

California Introduces Bill Recognizing School Breakfast Week

ACR 38 proclaims March 8, 2021, to March 12, 2021, as School Breakfast Week, recognizing the importance of school meal programs and the school nutrition staff that continue to address students' nutritional needs.

Massachusetts Presents Legislation to Establish Annual "Child Nutrition Day"

SD 1308 designates March 21st as Massachusetts' "Child Nutrition Day," annually, acknowledging the importance of child nutrition and school nutrition professionals.

Michigan Drafts Bill Requiring Food Waste Disposal in Schools

HB 4454 requires recyclables and food waste, including scraps from schools, public buildings, and related businesses, are either recycled or processed through specified composting practices.

Minnesota Presents Legislation Modifying Compensatory Revenue for CEP Schools

HF 1985 modifies the compensatory revenue for any school or district that participates in the Community Eligibility Provision program to use the student count from its first year of the four-year cycle for the 2022-2023 school year.

New York Drafts Bill to Create School Garden Fund

A 6282 establishes the "School Garden Fund" under New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets to purchase school equipment and educational materials to promote students' consumption of locally grown or produced products.

Tennessee Appropriates Funds for the Breakfast After the Bell Program

SB 912 appropriates $500,000 to the Tennessee Department of Education for the Breakfast After the Bell Program.

Texas Introduces Bill to Allow Schools to Donate Excess Food

SB 1351 permits school districts or open-enrollment charter schools to donate surplus or excess food to nonprofit organizations.

 

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Upcoming SNA Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

LEAD to Succeed™: Facilitating “LEARN to Master Difficult Conversations” Training Your Staff
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
In this session, Sandra Ford, SNS, will take participants on a “guided tour” of the new Facilitator Guide that accompanies the first module of the LEAD to Succeed™ training program for school nutrition professionals. The Facilitator Guide for “LEARN to Master Difficult Conversations” will help you explain the critical nature of communication skills, provide training to help staff develop skills to engage in difficult conversations, and improve productive discussions in the workplace. You will also hear from directors who have taken Module 1 training and hear insight on how you can bring these materials back to your staff.

Congressional Management Foundation

Power Shifts in Washington: How Elections Affect Advocacy Strategies
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
A new Congress means new committee and subcommittee chairs, new alliances, and significant changes in the political terrain on Capitol Hill. When power shifts in Congress from one political party to the other, an advocate who may have been represented by an anonymous backbencher the year before might become the conduit to the most important legislator for their cause. This presentation will show advocates the value of identifying key committee chairs; and why some citizen advocates have more influence than others in specific parts of the legislative process.

Mystery Chat Corner

On March 30, 1867, the Russian Empire sold the United States a significant amount of land for $7,200,000 (approximately $109 Million), which is currently known as which U.S. state?

A: Alaska

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