Tuesday Morning - May 7, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

State Agencies Publish Lists of Schools and Districts Eligible for CEP
Rep. Tim Ryan Introduces Nutrition Coordinators Bill
FNS Seeks Extension of CACFP National Disqualified List Information Collection  

State Snapshots

Q1 State Legislative Summary Now Available!
Maine Unpaid Meals Bill Signed into Law  

Mark Your Calendars

Crediting Updates for Child Nutrition Programs: Be in the Know!
How to Make School Year 2019-20 a Record Year for Your School Nutrition Program
SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference
SNA’s Upcoming Webinars  

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

State Agencies Publish Lists of Schools and Districts Eligible for CEP

On May 1st, State agencies publish lists of school districts and individual schools that are eligible or near eligible for participation in NSLP’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for SY 2019-20. By June 30th, districts must notify their State agency if they intend to elect Community Eligibility. The Food and Nutrition Service and the Food Research and Action Center offer a variety of resources for those considering CEP.

Rep. Tim Ryan Introduces Nutrition Coordinators Bill

The Nutrition Coordinators for Local Healthy Youth Act, introduced by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, would establish a grant program to appoint nutrition coordinators to oversee Local Education Agencies’ school nutrition policies. The grants would be made to LEAs, in consultation with their State agency, to appoint a nutrition coordinator who would undertake several tasks, including ensuring compliance with local wellness policies, coordinating nutrition education programs, conducting trainings, providing community outreach and promoting physical activity.

FNS Seeks Extension of CACFP National Disqualified List Information Collection

In a Federal Register notice published on Friday, FNS seeks an extension of its approved information collection for the Child and Adult Care Food Program National Disqualified List. The Department maintains the list of institutions, day care home providers and individuals that have been terminated or otherwise disqualified from participating in CACFP and uses Forms FNS-843 and FNS-844 to collect and maintain this information. The agency is seeking input on whether the information collection is necessary, the accuracy of its burden estimate, ways to enhance the quality of the collection and ways to minimize the burden of the collection. Comments must be received by July 2, 2019.

State Snapshots

Q1 State Legislative Summary Now Available!

In the first three months of 2019, legislators in 37 states introduced 186 bills impacting school nutrition programs. SNA’s latest report details the bills that have been passed or introduced and identifies the key trends in state school meals policy.

Maine Unpaid Meals Bill Signed into Law

On April 26th, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed LD 167 into law, which would require schools to provide a meal to any student who requests one, regardless of ability to pay or accrued unpaid meal debt. It also requires the school to take certain actions to assist the parent or guardian of a student who accrues meal debt and prohibits punishing a student for unpaid meals or taking actions that would identify or stigmatize the student.

Mark Your Calendars

Crediting Updates for Child Nutrition Programs: Be in the Know!

The Crediting Updates for Child Nutrition Programs: Be in the Know! webinar series will provide an overview of the crediting updates resulting from the public Request for Information. Join Team Nutrition on Wednesday, May 8 at 2:00pm EDT for the 2nd webinar in the series to get crediting technical assistance and guidance with hands-on practice specifically for tempeh and surimi products. All are welcome to attend, including program operators, State agencies, and food manufacturers. To register, visit this link.

How to Make School Year 2019-20 a Record Year for Your School Nutrition Program

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, 3:00 pm ET, join the Food Research and Action Center for their May Breakfast Matters Webinar! Start the 2019-20 school year strong by starting to plan now on how strengthen and expand your school nutrition programs, especially school breakfast and afterschool meals. Efforts to increase participation pay off throughout the school year—endless benefits for students, as well as your bottom line. Join this webinar to learn effective strategies on how to expand and promote your offerings to ensure everyone is excited about your program. To register, visit this link.

SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference

Get ready for great! Start planning now for whom you want to make sure you meet in St. Louis, Mo., at the "School Nutrition Networking Event of the Year"—SNA’s 73rd Annual National Conference (ANC), July 14-16, 2019!

SNA’s Upcoming Webinars

Check out upcoming SNA webinars, including our continuing "Best of #SNIC19" series! Missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #SNIC19: Creative Ways to Engage Your School Community
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Everyone knows that school nutrition success hinges on integration throughout the school community. Austin ISD, our “host” school district, offers a terrific model for leveraging relationships with teachers and administrators to develop a wide variety of engagement activities. From classroom demos to student chef competitions, kids regularly get a “taste” of school nutrition far beyond the cafeteria walls.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.  

Best of #SNIC19: Procurement Woes: A Case Study
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Directors leading a brand-new school nutrition buying group share hard lessons learned in the process of issuing their first bid. Come hear what they did right, what they’ll improve next time and how the changing world of procurement continues to affect how we will all do business in the future.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.  

Farm to School: Cafeteria, Classroom, Community
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will offer an overview to farm to school, including why it matters and how it supports the goals of child nutrition programs. Participants will be provided tips and tools for implementing successful farm to school activities.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs.  


Mystery Chat Corner

On May 7, 1992, the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted.
The Twenty-seventh Amendment, which prohibits any law impacting Congressional salaries from taking effect during a member’s current term, was originally introduced in the first Congress in 1789. Considered with eleven other amendments (ten of which would become the Bill of Rights), the amendment initially wasn’t ratified by enough states to take effect. It was largely forgotten about until 1982, when Gregory Watson, a sophomore at the University of Texas, wrote a paper arguing it could still be ratified. After getting a “C” on his paper, Watson launched a nationwide campaign to approve the Amendment, finally succeeding with Michigan’s ratification 202 years, 7 months, and ten days after the measure was approved by Congress.

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