Tuesday Morning - November 13, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

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Federal Policy

LAST DAY to Enter for a Free Trip to LAC 2019!
SNA Submits Comments on FNS Data Collection

State Snapshots

SNA State Agency Advisory Council Is Looking for Two New Members!
D.C. Advances Bill Increasing School Meals Investment, Streamlining Regulations

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
CACFP Halftime Training Webinars
2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

LAST DAY to Enter for a Free Trip to LAC 2019!

There’s only one day left to submit your 30- to 60-second video entry for a free trip for you and a friend to SNA’s 2019 Legislative Action Conference (LAC)! No professional editing necessary – simply show us what you love about school nutrition and how your program makes a positive impact. Read the sweepstakes flyer for tips and complete rules of entry.

SNA’s LAC is the best way to stay engaged and make your voice heard on the most pressing policy issues facing school nutrition programs. LAC 2019 will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., from February 24-26.

This year’s conference will feature:

  • Bestselling author and renowned presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, as well as former Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Tom Daschle (D-SD).
  • Education sessions on unpaid meals charges, procurement, effective advocacy and other key topics.
  • A cocktail reception and a performance by award-winning comedy troupe, The Capitol Steps .
  • In-person meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

To enter, you must be an SNA member and complete the LAC 2019 Sweepstakes Online Form by November 14, 2018. You may also email videos to advocacy@schoolnutrition.org.

SNA Submits Comments on FNS Data Collection

Last week, SNA submitted comments in response to a notice posted by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) related to its proposed data collection for research and analysis activities. In the letter, SNA urged the creation of a working group of school nutrition professionals to advise the department on its information collection activities. It also stressed the importance of eliminating redundancies, limiting reporting burdens and utilizing existing state agency data sources.

State Snapshots

SNA State Agency Advisory Council Is Looking for Two New Members!

Are you a director of the agency that oversees the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in your state? The State Agency Advisory Council (SAAC) has two open positions—a member to represent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Midwest Region and a member to represent the USDA West Region.

Serving on the SAAC offers exciting opportunities to grow professionally, develop new skills, work on issues from a national perspective and contribute to the school nutrition profession. SNA needs members who want to play an active role in fulfilling SNA’s strategic plan goals and in shaping the future of school nutrition programs. The council is charged by the Board of Directors to complete work assigned by the President, based on the Association’s Strategic Plan. Download the State Agency Advisory Council interest form.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Van Balen, SNA Executive Assistant, at dvanbalen@schoolnutrition.org, or (800) 877-8822, ext. 114. Please return the interest form by November 16, 2018.

D.C. Advances Bill Increasing School Meals Investment, Streamlining Regulations

The Education Committee of the Council of the District of Columbia voted to approve the Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018 that will provide significant investments in school nutrition while reducing some of the regulatory burden school meals programs face. The bill repeals the District’s sodium requirements, which were passed before stricter federal requirements were implemented. It also adopts federal nutrition standards for competitive foods and eliminates overly burdensome reporting requirements, in favor of a biennial comprehensive report.

The bill also takes numerous steps to expand access to and participation in school breakfast programs. It expands funding for school breakfast, providing $2 per student annually to certain schools that provide breakfast in the classroom and increasing the reimbursement rate for breakfast by $0.10 per meal. It also authorizes the Superintendent of Education to grant one-year waivers to schools required to serve breakfast in the classroom that want to pilot alternative service models and requires all schools to offer breakfast after the bell.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Expanding Beyond Lunch: Becoming a School Nutrition Hub
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Become a Nutrition Hub to feed your students and grow your programs! Participants of this webinar will hear from two directors who have started summer and supper programs in their districts. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

CACFP Halftime Training Webinars

USDA’s Team Nutrition offers a free, monthly “Thirty on Thursdays” webinar series. On Thursday, November 15, 2018 (2:00 pm ET [English]; 3:00 pm ET [Spanish]), join the webinar, “ Grain-Based Desserts in the CACFP” to learn more about how Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators can identify grain-based desserts and use this knowledge to plan menus that meet program requirements.

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

The National Child Nutrition Conference, scheduled for April 22-26, 2019 in Chicago, Ill., will feature the best educational training and networking opportunities for CACFP, Afterschool Meals and Summer Food Service teams. Join the child nutrition community for three days of education featuring over 175 presenters and 150 hours of workshops.


Mystery Chat Corner

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