Tuesday Morning - May 4, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Announces the Expansion of Summer P-EBT

Federal Policy

Biden Administration Publishes Proposal to Expand Access to Free School Meals
The Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act

State Snapshots

Massachusetts Presents Act to Promote Alternatives to Sugary Drinks
Nebraska Introduces Bill to Establish Farm to School Program
New Jersey Creates Legislation Prohibiting Polystyrene Products in Schools
Oregon Drafts Bill Expanding Access School Meal Programs
Pennsylvania Proposes Legislation Requiring Anaphylactic Guidance for Schools

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinars
Congressional Management Foundation
Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Announces the Expansion of Summer P-EBT

On April 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its expansion of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits program to help provide adequate nutrition to more than 30 million children over the summer. P-EBT, established in March 2020, provides food benefits to families to make up for meals missed as schools have closed due to COVID-19. This program was set to expire on September 30, 2021; however, under the  American Rescue Plan Act, P-EBT is now available for the duration of the pandemic, including during the upcoming summer months. Read USDA's full press release

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Last week, the school food service team at Bridgeton Public Schools in New Jersey was congratulated by Governor Phil Murphy's office for serving over 1.6 million meals to students in their community since the start of the pandemic.

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Federal Policy

Biden Administration Publishes Proposal to Expand Access to Free School Meals

On April 28, the White House announced President Biden's proposal to allow more schools to participate in the essential Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of The American Families Plan. CEP allows qualifying schools and districts to serve free school breakfast and lunch to all students, and this proposal would significantly increase the number of students with access to school meals. This proposal would also expand direct certification with Medicaid for free and reduced-price meals, as well as a proposed demonstration to provide additional funding to schools exceeding school meal standards. Read SNA's full press release.

The Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act

On April 28, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (NJ-D) and John Cornyn (TX-R) introduced the bipartisan bill S. 1421, the Food and Nutrition Education in Schools Act. This legislation establishes a new pilot program to fund nutritional education in schools and allocates federal funding for projects to educate students while connecting them to healthy food practices. Read Senator Booker's press release.

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State Snapshots

Massachusetts Presents Act to Promote Alternatives to Sugary Drinks

SB 1914 aims to promote healthy alternatives to sugary drinks by establishing the Commonwealth's Health Promotion Advisory Board, including a school food service advisor. This board will make recommendations concerning administering the Commonwealth's Health Promotion Fund to promote alternative beverages.

Nebraska Introduces Bill to Establish Farm to School Program

LB 396 establishes the Nebraska "Farm to School Program" to provide schools and districts with the funds necessary to purchase locally and regionally produced or processed food to improve child nutrition and strengthen local and regional farm economies.

New Jersey Creates Legislation Prohibiting Polystyrene Products in Schools

A 3346 prohibits the use or sale of disposable polystyrene food service containers at food services businesses, public schools, and state and local government facilities.

Oregon Drafts Bill Expanding Access School Meal Programs

HB 2060 expands the definition of “eligible student,” and requires any school district that provides school lunch to also make breakfast accessible as part of a school breakfast program if 25% or more students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Pennsylvania Proposes Legislation Requiring Anaphylactic Guidance for Schools

HB 1259 directs the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services to establish an anaphylactic policy for school districts, including guidelines and procedures developed in consultation with school administrators and school food service directors.


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Mark Your Calendars

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

Grassroots’ Return on Investment: Advocacy is an Asset for Your Network
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 3:00 PM EST
Why do so many nonprofits, associations and companies have headquarters in Washington, D.C., or a Washington office? (Hint: this is not a trick question.) These groups understand the decisions taking place in Washington, D.C., significantly impact members, agencies, employees and operations. This webinar will unpack results from the Congressional Management Foundation's survey of national advocacy groups and the government relations professionals who represent them. It will also examine advocacy strategies that groups primarily invest in, why, and how much those strategies influence congressional decisions. The program also presents research on how advocacy adds value to an organization's legislative agenda and the financial bottom line of the group and its network.

Arkansas Department of Agriculture

The Basics of Farm to School and Early Childhood Education
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 12:00 PM CT
Are you someone who likes to provide hands-on, innovative learning opportunities for your students? Join the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Team to learn about farm to school and farm to early childhood education opportunities related to school gardens, education, and local procurement. The webinar will dig into Arkansas Farm to School's history and teach participants how to set farm-to-school goals. This is the beginning level course and is recommended to those who is new to the concept or are looking for a refresher.

Mystery Chat Corner

On May 4, 1979, who became the first woman to be elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

A: Margaret Thatcher

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