Tuesday Morning - November 20, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Registration for 2019 Legislative Action Conference Now Open!
Share Your Thoughts on Administrative Reviews
FNS Acting Deputy Under Secretary Blogs About VT School Meals
USDA Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2018

State Snapshots

Georgia Schools Recognized for Farm to School Accomplishments

Mark Your Calendars

2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Registration for 2019 Legislative Action Conference Now Open!

Registration is now open for SNA’s 47th Annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC): “Keeping Our Promise to America’s Children.” Join us February 24-26, 2019, at the stylish Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, D.C.— register early and save!

At this year’s conference, we hope to facilitate critical discussions about the national trends that are shaping school meal programs, as well as offer you opportunities to learn how to be the best advocates for your programs. General sessions feature acclaimed presidential and political historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, as well as a bipartisan discussion with former Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Tom Daschle (D-SD). Plan to come a day early for a stellar pre-conference session on how to build a first-class advocacy operation.

LAC 2019 will also feature breakout sessions designed to address pressing policy issues, a regulatory update from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, in addition to networking opportunities for industry members and state agency staff. As the conference concludes, we’ll present the 2019 SNA Position Paper and prepare to “Charge to the Hill”!

Hotel rooms fill up quickly, and you must be registered to reserve your room at the special LAC rate, so don’t delay! Register now to take advantage of early bird discounts and secure your spot to join us.

Share Your Thoughts on Administrative Reviews

As required in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA has switched from a five-year evaluation cycle for school nutrition programs to a three-year cycle. SNA is trying to learn more about the Administrative Review process in State Agencies and School Food Authorities (SFAs) and is collecting information to better understand how this change is impacting processes across the country.

Below are links to surveys for State Agency staff and SFAs. Please respond to the appropriate survey below by Tuesday, December 4.

FNS Acting Deputy Under Secretary Blogs About VT School Meals

Following his visit to two Vermont school meals programs on October 30, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Brandon Lipps, wrote a blog post about his positive experiences.

Lipps writes, “My visit underscored how farm to school activities strengthen the American economy and connects students to the farm. Schools like these contribute to a stable market for local producers and provide dependable revenues that boost the regional economy. Farm to school also helps kids to learn where their food comes from and inspires them to try foods they have grown or prepared. I may be partial, but what could be better?”

USDA Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda for Fall 2018

The USDA published its semiannual regulatory agenda in the Federal Register, providing summary descriptions of the regulatory and deregulatory actions being developed in agencies of the USDA in conformance with a number of Executive orders. The full agency rule list is available at Reginfo.gov and includes the Interim Rule for child nutrition program flexibilities for milk, whole grains and sodium requirements released in 2017.

State Snapshots

Georgia Schools Recognized for Farm to School Accomplishments

Eighty-four Georgia schools were recognized at the annual Golden Radish Awards. Founded by a partnership between the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division, the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Public Health, Georgia Organics and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the awards highlight the work of districts around the state that work to procure locally grown foods and expose students to new foods through cooking and gardening opportunities.

Mark Your Calendars

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

On November 20, 1959... the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
First endorsed by the League of Nations in 1924, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was expanded and approved by the United Nations (UN), which called on all governments to recognize and strive for their observation. The UN would go on to adopt the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. Since its adoption, the treaty has been ratified by 194 countries.

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