Tuesday Morning - November 6, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps Visits Vermont Schools
FNS Announces $2 Million School Nutrition Training Grant
Summer Food Service Program Waivers Rescinded
OCFS Releases Report on Progress and Opportunities in Farm to School Programs

State Snapshots

New Jersey Bill Would Require All State Websites to Feature “Anti-Hunger Link”

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
CACFP Halftime Training Webinars
2019 National Child Nutrition Conference

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

FNS Administrator Brandon Lipps Visits Vermont Schools

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Deputy Undersecretary/ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Administrator Brandon Lipps visited two Vermont school meals programs on October 30. SNA Vermont Past President Erika Dolan hosted Lipps for breakfast and an introduction to the grab and go model at Crossett Brook Middle School in Waterbury. SNA President-Elect Doug Davis then offered Lipps and other state and federal officials a tour of Burlington High School, featuring the “Fork in the Road” food truck, farm to school produce and, of course, school lunch from the made-to-order stir fry line! View pictures of the event on SNA’s Twitter account.

FNS Announces $2 Million School Nutrition Training Grant

Last week, FNS released a Request for Applications for a $2 million grant to develop a training program for school nutrition personnel with a focus on workforce development and school food service meal preparation. The grant is available to allied professional organizations and is designed to support the development and implementation of a skills-based training program that addresses key areas in school nutrition.

SNA has convened a working group to develop a grant application, as well as to begin planning the proposed training program. Applications are due by January 28, 2019, and FNS anticipates awarding the grant by May 2019.

Summer Food Service Program Waivers Rescinded

As a result of the USDA Office of Inspector General review of USDA FNS controls over the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), FNS concluded that several policy memoranda waiving SFSP requirements were not fully consistent with all requirements of the National School Lunch Act. FNS is rescinding the specified waivers of SFSP statutory and regulatory requirements effective immediately.

OCFS Releases Report on Progress and Opportunities in Farm to School Programs

The Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) has released a report on the USDA’s Farm to School Program for the 2015 to 2016 fiscal year. This report highlights the strategies that have been essential to the farm to school program, such as local policy changes, educational and experimental learning and changes to sourcing local foods. The report shows several benefits from participation in the farm to school program, including improved student food choices at school and at home.

State Snapshots

New Jersey Bill Would Require All State Websites to Feature “Anti-Hunger Link”

A bill introduced in the New Jersey General Assembly would require the state’s Chief Technology Officer to develop and implement an “Anti-Hunger Link” for all state websites. The link would direct users to a dedicated page listing all emergency food programs in the state, such as emergency meal providers, food pantries, soup kitchens, child and senior feeding programs, faith based anti-hunger initiatives and other food programs.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Best of #ANC18: How to Find a Chef
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join a panel of experts for personal stories, advice and answers on how to find your perfect culinary match. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

New SNA Resources & Tools to Benefit Your Program
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Join SNA Staff to learn about all of the new SNA resources designed to help you and your program. No CEUs will be awarded for this webinar.

Expanding Beyond Lunch: Becoming a School Nutrition Hub
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Become a Nutrition Hub to feed your students and grow your programs! Participants of this webinar will hear from two directors who have started summer and supper programs in their districts. Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

CACFP Halftime Training Webinars

USDA’s Team Nutrition offers a free, monthly “Thirty on Thursdays” webinar series. On Thursday, November 15, 2018 (2:00 pm ET [English]; 3:00 pm ET [Spanish]), join the webinar, “Grain-Based Desserts in the CACFP” to learn more about how Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators can identify grain-based desserts and use this knowledge to plan menus that meet program requirements.

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 6, 1869… the first official intercollegiate football game was played.
Before a crowd of 100 spectators in New Brunswick, New Jersey, college football’s inaugural game pitted Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) against The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Played under vastly different rules that disallowed carrying or throwing the ball, the game ended with a 6-4 win for Rutgers and the beginning of college football’s first rivalry.

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