Tuesday Morning - November 26, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals
Proposed Rule: National Primary Drinking Water Lead and Copper Regulations
LAC 2020 Early Bird Registration Is Open
Serving Students When the Lights Go Out: #LAC2020 Preconference

State Snapshots

New Jersey Introduces Five New Child Nutrition Bills
Massachusetts Introduces Breakfast After the Bell Legislation

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Launches Research Initiative on Universal Meals

Studies have shown that school meals contribute to the health, attentiveness, behavior and academic achievement of students. SNA believesall students should have equal access to nutritious school meals, and that is why we are excited to announce a new research initiative that will evaluate the potential social benefits and costs of expanding the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, to serve all students at no charge.

School meals not only ensure students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn, but they also play an important role in supporting obesity prevention and improving children’s diets and health outcomes. Previous studies on universal meal proposals have focused on the price tag, without quantifying and comparing the many long-term benefits of increased student lunch and breakfast participation. To support SNA’s advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration, SNA’s Board of Directors approved funding for an independent research firm specializing in regulatory advocacy and economic analysis to conduct a benefit-cost study of a universal school lunch and breakfast program. The firm chosen has significant Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) experience and will provide a thorough, OMB-compliant economic analysis of the social benefits and costs of creating a universal meals program.  

This research effort will focus on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. SNA will keep you posted on the outcomes of the analysis.

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Proposed Rule: National Primary Drinking Water Lead and Copper Regulations

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools to make water available during meal periods at no cost to students. The Act also mandates that childcare facilities provide free drinking water throughout the day. Among other provisions, the EPA is proposing a new requirement for Community Water Systems to provide public education on lead in drinking water and sample for lead at schools and childcare facilities within its distribution system every five years. The intent of the requirement is to inform users about risks from lead in premise plumbing at schools and childcare facilities.

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LAC 2020 Early Bird Registration Is Open

#LAC2020 is a chance for you to share your vision, passion and personal expertise with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, where members will have the opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers about the future of school nutrition. At this unique conference, participants will hear directly from Washington insiders and prominent keynote speakers. This year will include “the most quoted college professor in the land,” founder and head of the University of Virginia’s Center of Politics,  Dr. Larry J. Sabato.  His ”Crystal Ball” electoral analysis expertly navigates the shifting sands of American electoral politics, accurately predicting the landslides, the nail-biters and everything in between.  Early Bird Registration is open until January 3rd.

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Serving Students When the Lights Go Out: #LAC2020 Preconference

Emergencies such as hurricanes, tornados, fires and floods can be devastating to our communities and require rigorous preparations and a quick response. With the recent uptick in natural disasters, impacted families look to their schools as first responders to fulfill their most immediate needs—food and shelter. At the #LAC2020 pre-conference session, USDA representatives will provide detailed guidance for preparing and implementing a natural disaster plan. You will also hear about year-round preparation efforts and direct solutions from school nutrition directors and state agency officials who have experienced first-hand the effects of record-breaking climate events. Register today!

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State Snapshots

New Jersey Introduces Five New Child Nutrition Bills

In November, New Jersey’s state Legislature has introduced five new child nutrition bills. All bills listed below are now in the first step of the legislative process.

  • A5902 requires school districts to take specific actions to increase participation in free or reduced-price meal programs. This bill also prohibits shaming students with school meal bills in arrears and prohibits certain district actions such as the use of debt collectors in collecting unpaid school meal fees.
  • A5903, or S4257, requires all school districts to establish a "School Meal Fund" to assist students with school meal bills in arrears. The fund shall be maintained under the jurisdiction of the board of education and the supervision of the school business administrator.
  • ACR249 is a concurrent resolution that condemns the Trump Administration's proposed rule limiting categorical eligibility for SNAP.
  • A5855, or   S4200, would eliminate the reduced-price category for all students that qualify. This bill requires that any student that is eligible for a reduced-price breakfast or lunch will not be required to pay for the cost of the reduced-price meal. New Jersey will pay the difference between the federal allocation and the total cost of the reduced-price meals served to public school students. The bill appropriates $4.5 million for the State payment.
  • S4252 requires children's meals served in restaurants to meet certain nutritional standards.

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Massachusetts Introduces Breakfast After the Bell Legislation

On November 20, 2019, Massachusetts’s state legislature introduced H.4218 or H.591, an act regarding the breakfast after the bell program. This bill requires all public elementary or secondary schools to offer breakfasts after the beginning of the instructional day if 60% or more of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This bill would also allow schools to peruse alternative serving models, including breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast or second chance breakfast.  This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. 

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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.

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

Top 10 Steps to Managing the Procurement Process (and Preventing a Bid Protest!)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 2:00- 3:00 PM EST
Tune in to SNA’s latest webinar on procurement where speakers will cover 10 helpful steps for managing the procurement process. Procurement may be complex, but there are fundamental steps that districts can take to manage the process effectively. Listeners will learn how to utilize USDA resources to aid in accurately estimating the procurement needs. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz will result in 1 SNA CEU or 1 CPEU for RDNs/NDTRs. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On November 26, 1956, what game show debuted on NBC?
A: The Price is Right

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