Tuesday Morning - November 19, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Last Chance to Share Your Thoughts on SNA’s 2020 Policy Priorities
Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures
National CACFP Sponsors Association Scholarship

State Snapshots

Two New Jersey School Nutrition Bills Introduced

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Last Chance to Share Your Thoughts on SNA’s 2020 Policy Priorities

SNA is preparing to craft its 2020 Position Paper, and time is running out to make your voice heard! Please provide your input on the school nutrition program challenges you believe should be addressed in SNA's 2020 Position Paper.

SNA’s Public Policy & Legislation Committee will meet to draft the Paper on December 9, 2019, and your responses will determine what your regional committee representative will discuss during the drafting. The deadline to submit is November 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to SNA’s Government Affairs & Media Relations team at advocacy@schoolnutrition.org. Share your feedback.

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Meal Service During Unanticipated School Closures

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released updated guidance on meal service during unanticipated school closures. School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program, institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are encouraged to use the flexibilities described in this memorandum to help ensure that children do not experience a lapse in food security when extreme weather or other events force area schools and child care facilities to close. For more information on this topic, don’t miss the Serving Students When the Lights Go Out: Disaster Preparedness & Response pre-conference session at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference in March.

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National CACFP Sponsors Association Scholarship

Scholarships are available for the National CACFP Sponsors Association’s National Child Nutrition Conference. Apply for the opportunity to join over 1,700 attendees at this training and networking event for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Afterschool Meals community. The conference will be held April 14-16, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga. Visit the National CACFP Sponsors Association website to learn more these scholarships.

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State Snapshots

Two New Jersey School Nutrition Bills Introduced

The New Jersey legislature introduced two school nutrition bills addressing whole foods and income eligibility. S. 4198 directs the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to establish a "NJ Whole Food" pilot program and appropriates $1 million. At least three school districts or charter schools in the state will be selected to participate. SJR 155 urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation allowing a regional income eligibility requirement for school nutrition programs.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Grants are designed to support your visionary projects and help your school nutrition program flourish. Register for the two SNA webinars happening this week and learn more about upcoming grant opportunities. Plus, register for our last scheduled webinar of 2019! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #ANC19: Blast Off With Out-of-This-World Breakfast Strategies
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Join our intergalactic panel of school breakfast experts who will share insights on cosmic trends designed to maximize participation during National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) and all year long. From speed-of-light order processing and social media, to global flavors and use of plant-based proteins, the fantastic “voyages” and grants that will be featured in this session will serve as the booster rocket you need to take breakfast into the stratosphere!

2020 Equipment Grant Webinar
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will provide critical information on applying for the 2020 Equipment Grant. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to win one of three grants, each worth up to $60,000 of equipment. Applications and videos must be submitted by a school nutrition director.

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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Mystery Chat Corner

What movie, based on a Ken Kesey novel and starring Jack Nicholson, was released on this day (November 19th) in 1975?
A: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

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