Tuesday Morning - October 1, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington, D.C.!
SNA Comments on Proposed Collection for Public Comment and Recommendations
FNS Releases Final Rule on Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the CACFP
USDA Seeks Comment on Improving Customer Experience
Federal Register: Three USDA Information Collections Posted for Comment

State Snapshots

New York Proclaims September 25th as School Breakfast Day
New Hampshire Introduces Bill Increasing Student’s Access to Breakfast in Schools
Michigan Introduces a Bill to Eliminate the Sale and Distribution of Polystyrene

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinar Series

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Enter to Win a Free Trip to SNA’s LAC in Washington, D.C.!

It’s time for SNA’s annual sweepstakes to win a free trip for two (2) to the 2020 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), happening March 8-10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. An SNA member may enter by sending proof of inviting or hosting a cafeteria site visit with a local legislator, Congressmen or Senator(s). Evidence includes but is not limited to invitation letters, photos, news articles, press releases, or videos; one (1) entry per member. All invitations and/or visits must occur on or after September 26, 2019. One (1) submission will be selected at random after the submission deadline. This randomly selected member will win free travel, hotel and registration for you and a guest to the 2020 Legislative Acton Conference. Please see 2020 SNA Legislative Action Conference Sweepstakes Complete Rules for full details, eligibility and entry conditions. Also, be sure to check out Cafeteria Site Visit resources for more information on how to conduct a site visit. Please submit all entries to advocacy@schoolnutrition.org. All submissions are due by December 13, 2019.

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SNA Comments on Proposed Collection for Public Comment and Recommendations

Last week, SNA submitted its comments in response to the Federal Register notice, Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations, published on July 25, 2019, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This notice requested comments concerning the CDC’s evaluation and progress of schools that currently receive hands-on training through the Healthy Schools program. Healthy Schools is the nation’s most extensive school-based program that’s primary purpose is to assist in the prevention of childhood obesity. SNA had several recommendations such as increasing the number of students that consume nutritious foods and beverages through child nutrition programs and increasing daily participation in physical activity and education. SNA also emphasized the need to increase the number of students who can effectively manage their chronic health conditions. Read the full comment letter for more details.

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FNS Releases Final Rule on Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the CACFP

On September 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a final rule in the Federal Registry notice, Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This final rule delays the implementation of the "ounce equivalents" requirement for crediting grains served through the CACFP until October 1, 2021. The delay of implementation allows FNS to develop additional materials and technical assistance to help operators meet requirements. It provides State agencies with the opportunity to offer more training to assist meal planners and ensure compliance. This regulatory action is consistent with FNS' efforts to improve customer service and work with allied partners in the CACFP. This rule is in effect starting October 1, 2019.

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USDA Seeks Comment on Improving Customer Experience

In a Federal Register notice published on September 23, 2019, USDA announced it is seeking comments on methods and practices for improving the customer experience. The 2016 American Consumer Satisfaction Index illustrated that government services on average, lagged nine percentage points behind that of the private sector. Therefore, this collection request is in part an effort by USDA to improve customer service by collecting qualitative and quantitative comments directly from its consumers. Comments may be obtained by a variety of means such as electronic or social media, direct or indirect observation, interviews, questionnaires, surveys and focus groups. The results of this comment collection will be used to improve Federal services and programs. All comments must be submitted by November 22, 2019.

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Federal Register: Three USDA Information Collections Posted for Comment

On September 25, USDA posted three information collections to the Federal Register for public comment.

  • National School Lunch Program; Submission for OMB Review is an ongoing record collection which includes submission of application agreements and monthly reports of program participation required to administer and operate the NSLP.
  • Generic Clearance for the Development of Nutrition Education Messages and Products for the General Public will allow USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) to collect information to develop nutrition and physical activity guidance. The collected information will be used to expand the knowledge base concerning how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations and messages are understood and how they can be used by consumers.
  • Generic Clearance to Conduct Formative Research information collection will facilitate research in support of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services’ goal of delivering science-based nutrition education to targeted audiences. Data collections will involve focus groups, interviews, surveys and web-based collection tools.

Comments in response to these three notices are due October 25, 2019.

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State Snapshots

New York Proclaims September 25th as School Breakfast Day

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a proclamation declaring September 25, 2019, as “School Breakfast Day” in New York. This proclamation is meant to serve as a demonstration of New York’s commitment to ensuring that every child has access to nutritious meals. This proclamation recognizes the progress that New York has made since implementing its Breakfast After the Bell Program and cites “recent studies have shown that meals provided at school not only contribute to the nutritional needs of students but also significantly increase and enhance their ability to learn.” Read the full proclamation here.

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New Hampshire Introduces Bill Increasing Student’s Access to Breakfast in Schools

On September 25, 2019, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives introduced HB 4, a bill that increases the reimbursements to schools that offer breakfast at no cost to eligible students. It also requires schools to make at least one meal available to every student during school hours, and this meal must be served at a reduced-price or no cost to any eligible child under Federal income guidelines. In addition, this bill requires the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) to request biennial appropriations that meet projected school breakfast reimbursements to ensure all eligible students are offered breakfast at no cost. This bill is now adopted in the New Hampshire’s House of Representatives.

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Michigan Introduces a Bill to Eliminate the Sale and Distribution of Polystyrene

Michigan’s House of Representatives has introduced HB 5006, a bill that prohibits the sale and distribution of polystyrene food packaging, packing materials and other products. Specifically, it prevents a business or foodservice establishment from proving a customer with any products or food packaging containing polystyrene. This bill has been referred to Michigan’s Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation and is part of a general trend reflected in SNA’s State Legislative Summary of states curbing the use of polystyrene food containers, plastic bags and single-use plastic straws.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Register for this Wednesday's webinar and learn more about social media marketing strategies. Plus, register for four additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

Best of #ANC19: Social Media: Marketing Strategies to Build Your Following
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn how to craft simple social media strategies to achieve your goals on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and discover excellent marketing ideas to accelerate your program’s growth.

ANC Ideas@Work: Small District? Make the Most of Your Resources
Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Calling all directors from small districts! Learn how to make the most of available resources and find out how you can include managers and kitchen staff in the broader decision-making process so that your small team is empowered to do GREAT things.

Best of #ANC19: Redesign Your Serving Line
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn simple, easy and cost-effective ways to redesign your cafeteria line and create an inviting space for everyone that walks into the cafeteria!

Best of #ANC19: News You Can Use - Recent Updates in USDA Research
(and Why We Need It)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Join USDA experts as they walk you through key findings from the new School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study and other recent studies.

Best of #ANC19: Simple Solutions for Handling Change
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Change seems to be the only constant in our world. In this webinar, learn coping strategies that can make change work for you and how to recognize non-productive behaviors that can make even the smallest changes difficult.

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CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinar Series

Join Team Nutrition and USDA professionals on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:00-2:30 pm EDT, for a brand-new webinar that focuses on resources and easy-to-use tools for determining serving amounts for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This webinar is part of a series of interactive, skills-building webinars that focus on several complex topics related to the updated CACFP meal patterns. USDA is offering a certificate of participation to all those that complete post-webinar practice questions. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 1868, what novel written by Louisa May Alcott was published?
A: “Little Women” was published by Roberts Brothers of Boston.

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