Tuesday Morning - May 1, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA FNS Announces PLE Guidance for SY 2018-19
Conservative Leaders Present Farm Bill Ideas
Secretary Perdue Commemorates First Year at USDA

State Snapshots

New Jersey Breakfast After the Bell Bill Passes
Is Your State Considering Unpaid Meals Legislation?

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Summer Meals Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

USDA FNS Releases Final Rule on Processing Donated Foods

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued a Final Rule on Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods. FNS issued a proposed rule for public comment January 5, 2017. SNA submitted comments to USDA FNS on March 6, 2017, requesting additional resources and training to address the needs of all stakeholders involved.

The Rule requires multi-State processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products, permits processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork, and streamlines and modernizes oversight of inventories of donated foods at processors. It is effective July 2, 2018.

USDA FNS Announces PLE Guidance for SY 2018-19

As part of FY 2018 spending bill, Congress provided that only school food authorities (SFAs) with a negative balance in their school food service account as of January 31, 2018, will be required to raise prices for paid lunches under the Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) provisions in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. To read USDA’s memo, click here.

Conservative Leaders Present Farm Bill Ideas

The Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Republicans, released its own fiscal 2019 budget plan, including a farm bill proposal containing a lengthy section on entitlement programs. The proposal seeks to promote cost-savings by splitting the nutrition and farm policy titles into separate legislation. The plan would also implement work requirements and block grants into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps. It would mandate states to restrict food purchases made with SNAP to only healthy foods and combat SNAP fraud by requiring recipients to show photo ID when shopping. Read the complete plan here.

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway has indicated he wants to debate the farm bill on the floor as soon as possible in May, but acknowledges that it is premature to set a firm date at this point. The Chairman has said he plans to push for support of the bill, which was voted out of committee on party lines, when Congress returns from a week-long recess on May 7, and would like to shoot for the week of May 14 to get the bill to the House floor.

Secretary Perdue Commemorates First Year at USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue commemorated his first year at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today by releasing a new interactive website and video. In his first year, Secretary Perdue and the USDA team made breakthroughs in agricultural trade, moved to reduce burdensome regulations, responded to natural disasters, and battled through the worst fire season on record, among other notable achievements. The website and video capture some of those achievements and more. The website also features an interview with Secretary Perdue where he discusses his first year as Secretary and his vision for the department.

State Snapshots

New Jersey Breakfast After the Bell Bill Passes

SB 1894 requires “breakfast after the bell” program in all schools with 70% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The bill passed the New Jersey Assembly and Senate in April.

Is Your State Considering Unpaid Meals Legislation?

Bills establishing unpaid meal policies continue to be introduced and considered in state legislatures. SNA members are strongly encouraged to check with their state legislatures for bills which may range from reporting requirements to mandatory service of a reimbursable meal to any student that requests one.

SNA has resources to help you educate your community and local legislators about the challenges of managing unpaid meal balances. Recently updated talking points cover the financial impact, how schools are working to enroll all eligible students for free and reduced-price meals, and Q&A on tough topics like alternate meals. SNA’s 2018 ANC will host an education session featuring a panel of school nutrition experts and USDA to discuss policies and best practices. To date, SNA is tracking the following key bills introduced in 2018. You can find links to check for legislation in your state here.

Tennessee: HB 1690
Virginia: HB 1477
Florida: SB 1610
Missouri: HB 1939
Nebraska: LB 771
Indiana: SB 314
Illinois: SB 2428
Iowa: HF 2467

Minnesota: HF 2724
Louisiana: HB 284 , SB 245
Maine: HB 1684
Rhode Island: H 8059
South Dakota: SB162
Massachusetts: HB 442
Arizona: SB 1036
New York: S 7371, A8203A

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 #LAC18: Natural Disasters- Preparation and Impact
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In the wake of a natural disaster, school nutrition professionals are often first responders. Join this webinar to learn about year-round preparation efforts and direct solutions from school nutrition directors and state agency officials who have experienced the effects of recent record-breaking climate events.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Emotional Intelligence: The Leadership Edge
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
In the webinar, we will focus on the mindset and skill set for enhancing your social and emotional intelligence. More specifically, we will focus on (1) increasing your self-awareness on both your cognitive and emotional assumptions around leadership; (2) increasing your ability to inspire others at an emotional level; (3) improving your ability to influence and persuade others; and (4) increasing the effectiveness of your personal development network. The sessions will help you better understand interpersonal differences and your influence or impact on others.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Helpful Tips for Training Your Multigenerational Staff
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Today’s school nutrition professionals are comprised of varying generations. It can often be challenging to find common ground when training four (and very soon five) different generations. All have different values, motivators and learning styles. We all view the world through our generational filter and as you know what works for one person may not work for another. Thinking about training for different generations, different motivators and different learning styles may make your head spin! Yet training must take place and must also be effective.

This webinar will provide insight to help you understand the differences of the varying generations, what motivates them, and how to successfully engage them in a training environment.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Registration Coming Soon:

The Department of Education Presents: Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
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.

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


Cafeteria Chat Corner

“We’re a blessed nation because we can grow our own food. A nation that can feed its people is a nation more secure.”
– President George W. Bush


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