Tuesday Morning - November 3, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Responds to SNA Comments on COVID-19 Information Collection
Take Action: Urge the Senate to Pass HEROES 2!

Federal Policy

USDA Announces $34 Million in Summer EBT Grants
Federal Register: Comment Request for Child Nutrition Labeling Program

State Snapshots

Vermont Celebrates Statewide Universal School Meals

Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinar
Upcoming FRAC Webinar
Upcoming Team Nutrition Webinar

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

USDA Responds to SNA Comments on COVID-19 Information Collection

On October 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) responded to SNA's comments on its COVID-19 information collection. The purpose of this Federal Register notice was to gather information related to waivers and other flexibilities provided through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Acts. In its response, USDA emphasized its efforts to limit information collection and reduce its partners' burden. USDA thanked SNA for recognizing these efforts and for the continued partnership in serving America's children.

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Take Action: Urge the Senate to Pass HEROES 2!

Since COVID disruptions began in the spring, we’ve seen school nutrition advocates like you speak up to ask for the necessary funding and provisions to keep programs running and children fed. Because of powerful and engaged citizens like yourself, Congress and the USDA have provided some helpful measures – but our work is not done. We need you to raise your voice once again!

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated HEROES Act. Among other provisions, the bill provides “as much funding as necessary” to help offset operating-cost deficits due to the pandemic. The bill also provides increased flexibility for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), ensures that commodity allocations and other child nutrition program calculations are held harmless during months of severe impact, and requires the Secretary of Agriculture to make waiver applications, approvals, and denials public in a timely manner.

Please write your Senators today and urge for the swift passage of this updated HEROES Act. School nutrition programs need you to speak up!

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School nutrition staff at Union City Public Schools in New Jersey prepare to-go meals for their 14,000 students. Currently, this district operates 14 different meal sites and recently served its 2 millionth meal since March.

Federal Policy

USDA Announces $34 Million in Summer EBT Grants

On October 30, 2020, the USDA announced up to $34 million in Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) grants. These grants will allow agencies to continue exploring ways to alleviate hunger among low-income children during the summer. USDA is awarding the grants to four grantees who will be able to continue projects and serve eligible children for the next three summers. Read full USDA’s full press release.

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Federal Register: Comment Request for Child Nutrition Labeling Program

On October 30, 2020, the USDA published the Federal Register notice, "Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request." This notice is requesting comments for the Child Nutrition Labeling Program, a voluntary technical assistance program designed to aid schools participating in Child Nutrition Programs by determining the contribution a commercial product makes towards the meal pattern requirements. Comments regarding this notice are due to November 30, 2020.

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State Snapshots

Vermont Celebrates Statewide Universal School Meals

On October 29, 2020, Vermont announced that every student would have access to free meals every day for the 2020-21 school year. As a result of COVID-19 waivers granted at the federal level, for the first time, all Vermont schools are currently providing Universal School Meals to their students and will through the end of the school year. Universal Meals are a long-sought-after goal of Vermont and the organizations that make up the state’s Farm to School Network. Read the full article.

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Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming SNA Webinar

Join us this week for the next webinar in SNA’s new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series and learn about creating a more inclusive environment. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

How to Become a More Inclusive Team Member
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 3:00 pm ET
Everyone wants to work on a team where they feel welcome, respected, and valued. Join us for a webinar designed to do just that—and created especially for the heart of every K-12 foodservice team—school nutrition employees and frontline staff. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) expert, Dr. Nika White, will provide guidance to help you create a more inclusive environment. She’ll also unlock the secrets to great teamwork and share how you can take small steps that will make a BIG difference every day!

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Upcoming FRAC Webinar

Did you know that the federally funded Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Programs can provide meals on weekends, school holidays, and school breaks? This Thursday, November 5, 2020, 3:00 pm ET, join the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) for the webinar, "Serving Meals on Weekends and Holidays." This webinar will provide an overview of available options for serving meals on weekends and holidays along with best practices for implementation.

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Upcoming Team Nutrition Webinar

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, 2:00 pm ET, join Team Nutrition for the webinar, "Crediting Single-Serving Packages of Grains in the Child and Adult Care Food Program." This webinar will show Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators how to credit single-serving packages of grains toward a reimbursable meal or snack. Attendees will have a chance to submit questions to the presenters and check their knowledge through interactive polling questions.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On November 3, 1911, which company officially enters the automobile market in competition with Henry Ford’s Model T?
A: Chevrolet

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