Tuesday Morning - May 15, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Releases 2018 Policy Statements
Final Chance to Submit Comments on Regulatory Reform
SNA Comments on Hiring Flexibility
USDA Releases SY 2018-19 Income Eligibility Guidelines
U.S. House Set to Consider 2018 Farm Bill

State Snapshots

Colorado Expands Elimination of Reduced-Price Copay
New Jersey Unpaid Meals Bill Introduced

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Summer Meals Webinars
USDA CACFP Series
FRAC Community Eligibility Webinars

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

SNA Releases 2018 Policy Statements

The SNA Board as approved SNA’s 2018 Policy Statements, which define the Association’s general position on important topics such as expanding student access to school meals, reducing barriers, and supporting best practices. The statements affirm SNA’s commitment to ensuring all students have consistent access to healthy school meals, preserving financial sustainability and remaining accountable.

Final Chance to Submit Comments on Regulatory Reform

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting ideas from the public on how they can provide better customer service and remove unintended barriers to participation in Federal programs. USDA is specifically asking for public ideas on regulations, guidance documents, or any other policy documents in need of reform. For example, ideas to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal those items.

As you may know, this is the fourth and final opportunity to provide comments on this notice. We encourage you to send your comments through SNA’s portal, or directly submit them to USDA. SNA will form a working group to draft comments for submission. Comments and information are requested on or before July 17, 2018.

SNA Comments on Hiring Flexibility

SNA submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Hiring Flexibility Under Professional Standards, Proposed Rule, published March 6, 2018. SNA’s comments reiterated support for the current Professional Standards and expressed appreciation for USDA’s issuance of these flexibilities for small local education agencies (LEAs), where the limited pool of candidates is still working to meet the requirements.

USDA Releases SY 2018-19 Income Eligibility Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals and free milk for the School Year 2018-19. Eligibility is based on the Federal income poverty guidelines and are stated by household size. The numbers reflected in the USDA notice for a family of four represent an increase of 2.0 percent over last year’s level for a family of the same size.

U.S. House Set to Consider 2018 Farm Bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy intends to begin debate on the farm bill, H.R. 2 this week, but it is still unclear if there are enough votes to pass the measure. The proposed changes to SNAP work requirements are a major point of contention between those who feel the work requirements are too harsh, and those think the work requirements should go farther. SNA continues to be concerned about how the proposed changes in the SNAP program could impact eligibility for school meals.

State Snapshots

Colorado Expands Elimination of Reduced-Price copay

The Colorado legislature passed SB 13, which expands elimination of reduced-price copay from K-5 to K-8. The bill also appropriates an additional $750,000 for this expansion.

New Jersey Unpaid Meals Bill Introduced

Legislation specifying policy for a school district that determines that a student’s school breakfast or school lunch bill is in arrears was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly on May 7th. The bill prohibits public identification of the student and requires all communications of the debt be made with the parent or guardian only.

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:

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.

The Department of Education Presents: Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Now is your chance to work with a school safety expert as he discusses how to mentally, physically and strategically prepare yourself for responding in the event of the unthinkable. This webinar will highlight time-tested strategies that you can apply to your role in the cafeteria as well as in your everyday life in this ever-changing society.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Best of #LAC18: Procurement Ethics - What Should You Do?
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Ethics play a major role in procurement, and procurement ethics are critical to your school nutrition operation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all about this crucial topic as part of SNA’s new programming, “School Nutrition Ethics: What Should You Do?”
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Registration Coming Soon:

Best of #LAC18: Mastering Forecasting through Cycle Menus
Wednesday, June 20, 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

USDA CACFP Series

USDA Team Nutrition’s monthly CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays webinar series.

FRAC Community Eligibility Webinars

Register for the Food Research and Action Center’s upcoming Community Eligibly webinars.

Interactive Q&A Discussions: Operating Community Eligibility with ISPs under 60 Percent
Join these two interactive Q&A discussions to learn from school nutrition directors who have implemented community eligibility with ISPs under 60 percent and have maintained the financial integrity of their program:

Community Eligibility: On the Fence? Considerations for Implementation

Thursday, June 14, 3:00 pm EST
School districts that are still on the fence will need to decide if they want to participate for the 2018–2019 school year by June 30, 2018. This webinar will cover important considerations about community eligibility implementation, such as community eligibility’s interaction with Title I and state education funding, getting started with partial implementation, and strategies for increasing school meal participation.




Cafeteria Chat Corner

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