Tuesday Morning - November 12, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

USDA FNS Responds to SNA Comment Letter
The School Hunger Elimination Act of 2019
The Safe Food Act of 2019
SNA Publishes the Fall 2019 Edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

State Snapshots

Florida Introduced Legislation on School Food and Nutrition Services
Five School Nutrition Bills Introduced in New Jersey

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
FRAC: November 2019 Breakfast Matters Webinar
ICN: Strategies for Selecting and Utilizing USDA Foods
CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinar Series

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

USDA FNS Responds to SNA Comment Letter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) responded to SNA’s comment letter regarding the Federal Register notice, Proposed Collection; Comment Request—Food Distribution Programs. As stated in SNA’s letter, SNA understands the need for data collection but suggests that the processes be streamlined to reduce the burden to State Agencies and program administrators. The response from USDA FNS states it has been taking independent steps to streamline some reporting requirements and procedures. Read USDA’s response.

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The School Hunger Elimination Act of 2019

On October 30, 2019, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced S.2752, the School Hunger Elimination Act of 2019. This legislation would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to make improvements to school nutrition program requirements, including the expansion of direct certification, community eligibility and retroactive reimbursements. Senator Casey states, “It is simply unacceptable that more than 11 million children across the country lack consistent access to enough food to sustain active and healthy lives… The School Hunger Elimination Act takes significant steps to address this problem by expanding access to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.” This bill has been referred to the Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Read Senator Casey’s full press release.

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The Safe Food Act of 2019

U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has introduced H.R. 4755, the Safe Food Act of 2019. This bill would establish the Food Safety Administration, an agency that would work to strengthen food safety regulations and food labeling for the protection of public health against foodborne illnesses. This act would also require coordination between federal, state, local and tribal agencies in the event of a recall for commodities that are used in child nutrition programs. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Agriculture.

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SNA Publishes the Fall 2019 Edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

SNA has published its Fall 2019 Edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management. The Journal covers complex topics of child nutrition with research-based and thought-provoking articles to help support those that work in child nutrition and school foodservice. The Fall issue includes research on texture-modified diets for special needs children with developmental disorders, resources on perceptions of menu planners on making meal accommodations and a behind-the-scenes look at a school that introduced vegan entrees as part of their lunch menus. If you’re looking for the latest research articles on significant issues affecting child nutrition and school foodservice management, check out all of SNA’s recently published issues.

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State Snapshots

Florida Introduced Legislation on School Food and Nutrition Services

On November 4, 2019, Florida’s House of Representatives introduced H.B. 521, an act that would revise school food and nutrition services and allocate $1,650,000 in funding to school nutrition-related programs. This bill would provide tax credits for farmers that donate commodities to schools and increase the rate of reimbursement for free and reduced-price meals. This bill also removes the exemption from the requirement to implement universally free breakfast meals and provides funds for breakfasts served through an alternative service model. It also authorizes school districts to use share tables and directs Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) along with the Health Department to distribute share table information.

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Five School Nutrition Bills Introduced In New Jersey

Several school nutrition program bills were introduced in the New Jersey legislature on November 7th.

  • S4200 and companion bill A5855 appropriate $4.5 million and require the State to cover the copay for each reduced-price breakfast and lunch meal served.
  • S4189 and companion bill A5901 clarify that school districts are not required to restrict access to school meals if school meal bill is in arrears.
  • S4199 rolls back meal pattern flexibilities granted in the NSLP and SBP since implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Embrace the power of self-awareness: the ability to recognize your personal characteristics, your strengths, your weaknesses, your motivations and your feelings. Register for this Wednesday's webinar and learn the steps it takes to become self-aware. Plus, register for two additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #ANC19: Self-Awareness - Knowing Yourself to Improve as a Leader
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn the tools and steps it takes to become self-aware which will help improve your productivity, management style and work relationships.

Best of #ANC19: Blast Off With Out-of-This-World Breakfast Strategies
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn insights from a panel of school breakfast experts on cosmic trends designed to maximize participation during National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) and all year long.

Top 10 Steps to Managing the Procurement Process (and Preventing a Bid Protest!)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Procurement is complex but there are fundamental steps districts should take to manage the process effectively. In this webinar, hear a top 10 list compiled by the experts!

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FRAC: November 2019 Breakfast Matters Webinar

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm EST, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is hosting a webinar on the improvement of direct certification methods, including tips on how to increase identified student percentage (ISP) in your school or district. Along with student applications, direct certification is an essential tool to ensure that low-income students can receive a healthy and nutritious meal. A careful and thorough process for direct certification can provide a more accurate representation of the number of students living in poverty in any given school. In turn, a school or district’s ability to accurately report may allow for more schools in need to qualify for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). Tune in to learn direct certification best practices and advice for increasing your ISP throughout the school year. Register here.

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ICN: Strategies for Selecting and Utilizing USDA Foods

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm EDT, the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) is hosting a webinar on strategies for selecting and utilizing USDA Foods. This webinar will identify methods, procedures and resources on how USDA entitlements are formally calculated and used by state agencies and school nutrition directors. Speakers will demonstrate how some states have been able to maximize their USDA entitlements and development catalogs to offer more USDA Foods to more schools in their state. USDA Professional Standard Code(s) 1170 Plan for effective use of USDA Foods. Register here.

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CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinar Series

Join Team Nutrition and USDA professionals on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:00-2:30 pm EDT, for a brand-new webinar that focuses on resources and easy-to-use tools for determining serving amounts for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This webinar is part of a series of interactive, skills-building webinars that focus on several complex topics related to the updated CACFP meal patterns. USDA is offering a certificate of participation to all those that complete post-webinar practice questions. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (November 12th) in 1966, which Space Cowboy took the first “space selfie” while performing extravehicular activity in space during the Gemini program?
A: Buzz Aldrin

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