Tuesday Morning - October 15, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

2020 Farm to School Grant Applications Are Now Available
The Food Recovery Transportation Act
Share Your Thoughts on SNA’s 2020 Policy Priorities
October is Farm to School Month!
USDA Requests Comments Regarding Food Program Reporting System
Third Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

State Snapshots

California Passes Omnibus Bill that Amends School Meal Practices

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
FRAC: November 2019 Breakfast Matters Webinar
CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinar Series

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

2020 Farm to School Grant Applications Are Now Available

The Office of Community Food Systems (CFS) has announced the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will award up to $10 million in competitive grants to eligible schools and organizations with the goal to increase the availability of local foods in school meals programs. Visit the FNS website for more information about grant categories, past awards and additional resources for potential applicants. Applications will close on December 13, 2019.

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The Food Recovery Transportation Act

On September 27, 2019, U.S. Representatives David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced H.R. 4541, the Food Recovery Transportation Act. This bill would establish a grant program to provide additional funding to organizations and nonprofits that are engaged in food recovery operations. This legislation would help food banks serve their communities by providing funding and financial assistance to offset costs incurred from preparing, storing and transporting donated food. In addition, this bill would cover reimbursements for travel expenses and equipment related to food recovery. Representative McKinley stated, “funds from these grants can help to not only feed those in need but also prevent food from being wasted.” This bill has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee. Read Rep. McKinley’s full press release.

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Share Your Thoughts on SNA’s 2020 Policy Priorities

SNA is preparing to craft its 2020 Position Paper, and it’s time to make your voice heard! Please provide your input on the school nutrition program challenges you believe should be addressed in SNA's 2020 Position Paper.

SNA’s Public Policy & Legislation Committee will meet to draft the Paper on December 9, 2019, and your responses will determine what your regional committee representative will discuss during the drafting. The deadline to submit is November 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to SNA’s Government Affairs & Media Relations team at advocacy@schoolnutrition.org. Share your feedback.

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October is Farm to School Month!

This month is National Farm to School Month! Join farms, schools and communities across the country in the celebration of school gardens, nutrition education and healthy, locally sourced foods. The Farm to School program empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. USDA FNS has produced several resources for the promotion of this month, including a new Farm to School Planning Guide. Check out USDA’s Farm to School Resources for tools and technical assistance.

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USDA Requests Comments Regarding Food Program Reporting System

On October 3, 2019, USDA published a Federal Register notice, inviting the general public to comment on the consolidation of reporting requirements for the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS), an electronic reporting system for State agencies and Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) agencies. USDA is requesting comment concerning whether this collection is necessary for the agency to perform its functions and practical ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the information that is collected. Written and electronic comments must be submitted by November 4, 2019.

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Third Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

USDA and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have announced that the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will hold its third public meeting on October 24-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Listeners may participate in-person or via a live webinar. Registration to attend in person will close on October 18, 2019.

Reminder, the public comment period is open and will remain open throughout the DGAC’s work and deliberations. The DGAC will review the scientific evidence on topics and questions from the respective Departments and will then provide a report to the Secretaries that will help to inform USDA and HHS in the development of the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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State Snapshots

California Passes Omnibus Bill that Amends School Meal Practices

On October 7, 2019, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, signed AB 1595 into law, an omnibus bill that amends sections of the California Education Code, related to elementary and secondary education. This law requires a school district or county superintendent to provide all students in need with one nutritionally suitable, free or reduced-price meal during each school day. In addition, this law enables any school districts to use funds from any federal or state program for the provision of school meals, including the federal School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). However, family day care centers will only be reimbursed for 75 percent of meals served. Also, any school district that does not participate in federal programs such as the NSLP or SBP must provide adequate space for pupils to consume meals offered. This bill is currently enrolled as part of California state law.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Are you looking redesign your cafeteria line to improve its efficiency? Register for this Wednesday's webinar and learn simple, cost-effective ways to maximize your space. 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: 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.

ANC Ideas@Work: Connecting the Cafeteria to the Classroom
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn innovative ways to engage your student customers and connect your school cafeteria to the classroom.

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FRAC: November 2019 Breakfast Matters Webinar

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is hosting a webinar on the improvement of direct certification methods, including tips on how to increase identified student percentage (ISP) in your school or district. Along with student applications, direct certification is an essential tool to ensure that low-income students can receive a healthy and nutritious meal. A careful and thorough process for direct certification can provide a more accurate representation of the number of students living in poverty in any given school. In turn, a school or district’s ability to accurately report may allow for more schools in need to qualify for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). Tune in to learn direct certification best practices and advice for increasing your ISP throughout the school year. Register here.

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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 1989, which American radio and television evangelist was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard?
A: Billy Graham was the first clergyman to be granted a star.

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