Tuesday Morning - November 27, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Voting Open for 2019 LAC Sweepstakes
LAC 2019: How to Build a First-Class Advocacy Operation
Share Your Thoughts on Administrative Reviews
FNS Posts Updated Q&As for Charter Schools  

State Snapshots

New Law Increases Meal Debt in Washington State
CORRECTION: Georgia Schools Recognized for Farm to School Accomplishments  

Mark Your Calendars

2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference
2019 Legislative Action Conference
2019 National Child Nutrition Conference
New SNA Webinars Coming Soon  

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Voting Open for 2019 LAC Sweepstakes

Thank you to all SNA members that submitted an entry for the 2019 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) Sweepstakes. SNA is proud to know that we have such committed and active members serving in our nation’s schools and communities. We received so many great entries this year because of the overwhelming enthusiasm and support—it was hard to narrow it down to just three finalists. Now it’s up to you to view the three videos and choose the winner of the 2019 LAC Sweepstakes! Voting is open to SNA Members only. Voting will close November 30, 2018.  

Please visit the voting page to view the three finalist videos and cast your vote. The winner will be announced next week!

LAC 2019: How to Build a First-Class Advocacy Operation

Interested in learning how to be an effective advocate for your program? This year’s LAC pre-conference session is for you! “Putting the Pieces Together: How to Build a First-Class Advocacy Operation” will help you to navigate the tricky process of building a relationship with elected officials, give you tools for influencing public policy and teach you how to craft your personal and professional stories into a compelling public policy advocacy campaign. You’ll leave this three-hour LAC pre-con “boot camp” with the expertise to set up an effective advocacy network in your state and bring your concerns to your elected officials from statehouses to the U.S. Congress.

Visit the LAC site for more information about the 2019 Legislative Action Conference. Register now to take advantage of early bird discounts and secure your spot!

Share Your Thoughts on Administrative Reviews

As required in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (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 school nutrition directors. Please respond to the appropriate survey below by Tuesday, December 4.

FNS Posts Updated Q&As for Charter Schools

Last week, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted a memo with updated Questions & Answers (Q&As) to address questions received from charter schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and other Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs).

The memo addresses twenty common questions, including:

  • What Federal CNPs are available to charter schools?
  • What is an SFA? Can a charter school be its own SFA?
  • Could a charter school enter into an agreement with another SFA to assist with program administration?
  • If a charter school uses a charter management organization (CMO) also referred to as an education service provider (ESP), to manage and operate the charter school, can the CMO be responsible for the SFA’s administrative responsibilities?
  • What if a charter school wants to provide students with free school meals? Can they still participate in the School Meal Programs?

State Snapshots

New Law Increases Meal Debt in Washington State

Earlier in 2018, Washington passed a law regulating actions taken to collect school meal debt. According to a new report by The News Tribune, local school districts have seen significant increases in meal debt since the law went into effect.

The article cites increases in debt in Bethel School District and Tacoma Public Schools. Bethel’s meal debt has climbed to $21,000 so far this year, up from the district’s typical $2,000 to $3,000 balance for the entire year. Tacoma carried over $24,000 in debt from the last school year, but this year’s debt has already reached $50,000. While some staff welcomed the change in unpaid meal policy, school nutrition programs are now turning to state legislators for help addressing the financial implications of the law.

CORRECTION: Georgia Schools Recognized for Farm to School Accomplishments

Last week’s edition of Tuesday Morning incorrectly named the partners behind Georgia’s Golden Radish Awards. The awards are a partnership among 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. Eighty-four Georgia schools were recognized this year for their efforts to procure locally grown foods and expose students to new foods through cooking and gardening opportunities.

Mark Your Calendars

2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference

Time is running out to register for SNA’s upcoming School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) in Austin, Texas, January 13-15, 2019, where operators and industry partners will come together to focus on the future of school nutrition programs. The Regular Rate registration deadline is December 10.

2019 Legislative Action Conference

Keeping our promise to American’s children—it starts here at #LAC19! Join forces with hundreds of SNA members and other school nutrition advocates in Washington, D.C., to advocate for national policy efforts supporting school nutrition programs and meet directly with legislators. SNA’s 47th Legislative Action Conference (LAC) takes place February 24-26, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis.

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.

New SNA Webinars Coming Soon

SNA will be bringing you all new webinars beginning in January 2019, including two new CEP webinars, and one on financial management. You won’t want to miss the Best of #SNIC19 series beginning in February. Missed a particular webinar? Did you know that over 20,000 attendees took advantage of SNA‘s popular live and on-demand webinars? Be sure to take advantage of this member-only benefit.


Mystery Chat Corner

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving parade was held November 27, 1924.
The six mile “marathon of mirth” featured popular nursery rhyme themes, clowns, cowboys and sword-wielding knights, as well as live animals on-loan from the Central Park Zoo. Though held on Thanksgiving Day, the parade was meant to celebrate Christmas and kick-off the shopping season.

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