Tuesday Morning - May 8, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Congressional Budget Office Releases New Farm Bill Analysis
Republican Study Committee Proposes School Meal Block Grant
House Launches Food Waste Caucus

State Snapshots

Colorado Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Program
Rhode Island Food Marketing Bill
States Come Through for SNA PAC

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA Summer Meals Webinars
USDA CACFP Series

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Congressional Budget Office Releases New Farm Bill Analysis

On May 2, 2018, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a detailed analysis of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 – the farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee last month. As part of this analysis, CBO estimated that 400,000 households would lose SNAP eligibility as a result of the bill’s limits on Categorical Eligibility. The report states:

“There would be an additional effect on children who are categorically eligible for free meals at school because of their eligibility for SNAP. If their households lost SNAP eligibility because of the revised threshold and their families were not otherwise eligible for free meals, those children would be eligible only for reduced-price or paid meals. .... CBO estimates that in an average year, about 265,000 children would lose access to free school meals under this provision.”

SNA is closely monitoring activity on H.R. 2. At this time, the bill has not been scheduled for a vote on the House floor.

Republican Study Committee Proposes School Meal Block Grant

The Republican Study Committee (RSC), a conservative caucus of 154 U.S. House Republicans, released their 2019 budget plan. The RSC “proposes to consolidate funding for child nutrition programs into a single block grant” and makes the claim that paid meal reimbursements are “out of line with what the goals of the program should be.” The plan also calls for the prohibition of funding for National School Lunch Program standards.

House Launches Food Waste Caucus

Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and David Young (R-Iowa) announced their newly-minted House Food Waste Caucus. The bipartisan caucus "will look at ways to promote food waste reduction across the food supply chain; provide educational opportunities to Congressional members and staff; support efforts to reduce food waste at federal agencies including USDA and EPA; and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to highlight food waste success stories," Rep. Pingree's office said in an announcement. "Food waste is a staggering problem and a lost opportunity," the Maine Democrat said. "It wastes resources, takes a toll on the environment, and costs families, farmers and businesses billions of dollars each year. And it's unthinkable that perfectly good food is going to waste when 50 million Americans don't always know where their next meal will come from."

State Snapshots

Colorado Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Program

Current Colorado law eliminates the reduced-price copay for K-5 school lunch and appropriates state funds to cover the cost. SB 13 expands the elimination of reduced-price copay up to grade 8. The bill also appropriates an additional $750,000 for this expansion.

Rhode Island Food Marketing Bill

The Rhode Island Senate passed SB 2350. The bill aims to prohibit the advertisement of unhealthy food and beverage products in schools that do not meet minimum federal and state nutrition standards.

States Come Through for SNA PAC

Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA) held a 50/50 drawing to benefit the School Nutrition Association’s Political Action Committee (SNA-PAC) at their Annual State Conference. The event was organized by GSNA 8th District which has held the 50/50 drawing for the past 3 years. Ms. Sheila Cooper, Coordinator with Coffee County SD, organized four teams of two members from Bacon County SD, Brantley County SD and Coffee County SD to sell tickets during the conference.

The drawing was held on the exhibit floor 15 minutes before the show case closed. West Virginia also held a drawing at the West Virginia Annual State Conference. There was one team from Lewis County SD. Again, the drawing was held on the show floor 15 minutes before the show case closed. These contributions will support Members of Congress who are supportive of child nutrition programs.

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:

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.

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.



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