Tuesday Morning - November 16, 2021

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

SNA Comments on Evaluation of COVID-19 CN Waivers Study
SNA and Allied Organizations Urge Congress to Extend USDA Waiver Authority

Federal Policy

SNA Comments on School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study II
SNA Comments on School Pulse Panel Data Collection

State Snapshots
Pennsylvania Time To Eat Bill

Mark Your Calendars

Navigating Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting Your School District
Congressional Management Foundation

Mystery Chat Corner  

COVID-19 Policy Updates

SNA Comments on Evaluation of COVID-19 CN Waivers Study

SNA submitted comments on the Federal Register Notice of October 15, 2021, School Meals Operations Study: Evaluation of the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Waivers and Child Nutrition Programs. SNA highlighted the hard work of school nutrition professionals who quickly pivoted to implement operational changes in order to continue to provide access to meals and under conditions that were drastically different from pre-COVID operations. SNA asks that FNS be mindful of the length of the survey, given that school nutrition professionals continue to face many operational challenges due to the pandemic, as well as staffing shortages and supply chain disruptions. Read the letter.

SNA and Allied Organizations Urge Congress to Extend USDA Waiver Authority

On November 10, SNA and more than 20 allied organizations sent a letter the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees, urging them to extend USDA’s nationwide waiver authority to September 30, 2022. This would give USDA the flexibility to respond to the pandemic as well as its aftermath and ensure the sustainability of child nutrition programs. 

Bullock County (Ga.) School System school nutrition staff must shop for food and supplies at big box stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco when deliveries are unexpectedly canceled due to supply chain shortages. Read more.

Federal Policy

SNA Comments on School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study II

SNA provided comment on the Federal Register Notice, Comment Request—School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study–II published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2021. In the comment letter, SNA stated it is important to note that school programs may still be addressing challenges related to pandemic and supply chain disruptions. SNA also urged USDA to consider lessening the burden of data collection and timeliness of the report. Read the letter.

SNA Comments on School Pulse Panel Data Collection

SNA provided comment on the Federal Register Notice, Comment Request; Title of Collection: School Pulse Panel Data Collection. In the letter, SNA urges the Department of Education to include school nutrition programs in the study because they are an integral part of school operations and administration. Read the letter.

State Snapshots

Pennsylvania Time To Eat Bill

HB2063 requires Pennsylvania schools to provide at least 30 minutes of lunch for K-12 students. The bill also prohibits lunch time being withheld in whole or part, for punitive reasons or as a make-up period for missed work, extra credit or testing.

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association 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.  

Navigating Supply Chain Disruptions Impacting Your School District
3 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Join the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to discuss supply chain disruptions schools are facing. Presenters will discuss how school nutrition directors and school business officials can partner to navigate supply chain disruptions related to school meals and identify proactive communication strategies with parents, students and the local community.

Congressional Management Foundation

Using Research to Connect the Dots Between You and Your Lawmaker
3 p.m. ET Wednesday, December 1, 2021  
Despite the narrative presented by Hollywood screenwriters and the mainstream media, lawmakers are human, too. Before being elected, these politicians have careers, attend school, volunteer and achieve college degrees. This presentation will explore some strategies for using research to help connect the dots between the issues you're advocating for and those on your member's current agenda.

On November 16, 1952, Lucy was first shown playing this prank on Charlie Brown in the Charles M. Schulz comic strip, Peanuts

A: Lucy pulls the football away as Charlie Brown goes to kick it, starting an annual autumn tradition lasting almost 50 years.

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