Tuesday Morning - October 29, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Federal Register: SNA Comments on Information Collections
USDA Announces Regional Farm to School Institute Grants
UNICEF Releases Report on the State of the World’s Children in 2019
Health Foundation Releases New Report on Child Obesity Rates

State Snapshots

New Jersey Introduces Seat Time Legislation
Washington D.C. Introduces Bill to Require Schools to Reduce Food Waste

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
USDA: Selling to Schools and Understanding the Fruit and Vegetable Requirements
ICN: Webinar on Strategies to Help Implement Farm to School Programs
FRAC: November 2019 Breakfast Matters Webinar
CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Training Webinar Series

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

Federal Register: SNA Comments on Information Collections

SNA submitted comments in response to the Federal Register comment request published September 25th including three data collection items for OMB Review. The Association remains concerned about the burden that data collection presents to school nutrition operators and asks that the process is streamlined, and the burden reduced. Read SNA’s comment letter for more information.

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USDA Announces Regional Farm to School Institute Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Community Food Systems (CFS) has announced a new grant program for regional farm to school institutions. This program will provide funding to organizations or institutions to help facilitate and support the dissemination of information regarding farm to school programs, including practitioner education, training development and technical assistance. Visit the USDA website for more information about grants and applications. Applications will close on December 27, 2019.

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UNICEF Releases Report on the State of the World’s Children in 2019

This month, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) published its 2019 edition of the State of the World’s Children (SOWC), which examines the issues surrounding children, food and nutrition from an international perspective. This report illustrated that “at least 1 in 3 children under five years of age is not growing well due to malnutrition.” This report also found “every dollar invested in reducing stunting generates an economic return equivalent to about $18 in high-burden countries.” This report goes on to note the high return on nutrition investment, stating, “investing in nutrition for children and young people is a cornerstone investment if the world is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.” Read the full report.

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Health Foundation Releases New Report on Child Obesity Rates

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published the report, “State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grown Up Healthy.” This report found that in the United States 15.3% of people between the ages of 10 to 17—4.8 million individuals—are obese. In this report, researchers present a state by state comparison of current obesity rates, including interactive data from the National Survey of Children’s Health. The full report and interactive data collections are available on the State of Childhood Obesity website.

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State Snapshots

New Jersey Introduces Seat Time Legislation

On October 24th, the New Jersey State Senate introduced S. 4143, a bill that would require all school districts to provide no less than 20 minutes of seat time during a lunch period. This legislation is in line with the findings of the Fall 2018 edition of Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, which found “when given less than 20 minutes, nutrient intake of fiber, certain vitamins and calories may suffer.” This bill has been referred to New Jersey’s Senate Education Committee.

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Washington D.C. Introduces Bill to Require Schools to Reduce Food Waste

On October 22nd, the Council of the District of Columbia introduced B.506, the Zero Waste Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019. This act amends the Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014. It would require all public schools with at least 100 employees to dispose of “food waste” through vessel composting, meaning organic waste is enclosed in a drum, bin or container to produce compost that is maintained or disposed of under proper conditions. This bill has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

How do you make change work for you? Register for this Wednesday's webinar and learn how to develop a more productive outlook toward change at work and in life. Plus, register for three additional webinar opportunities in the coming weeks! If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

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.

Best of #ANC19: Self-Awareness - Knowing Yourself to Improve as a Leader
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn the tools and steps it takes to become self-aware which will help improve your productivity, management style and work relationships.

Best of #ANC19: Blast Off With Out-of-This-World Breakfast Strategies
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Learn insights from a panel of school breakfast experts on cosmic trends designed to maximize participation during National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) and all year long.

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USDA: Selling to Schools and Understanding the Fruit and Vegetable Requirements

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT, USDA is hosting a joint webinar with the United Fresh Start Foundation on the topic of school meal standards; specifically, the requirements for schools make a particular variety and proportion of fresh fruits and vegetables available to students during school meals. This webinar aims to assist produce companies through the process of providing food products that are consistent with USDA requirements and school meal portion sizes. This webinar will demonstrate how to use tools like USDA’s Food Buying Guide and the USDA Department of Defense Fresh Program (USDA DoD Fresh). Register here.

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ICN: Webinar on Strategies to Help Implement Farm to School Programs

On Thursday, October 31, 2019, 2:00 pm CT, the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) is hosting a webinar on successful strategies, steps and resources to help implement Farm to School Programs. The ICN indicates that those school districts that are engaged in farm to school activities also reported positive outcomes such as increased support from parents and community members. Speakers will explore strategies and best practices on ways to start and sustain a lasting farm to school program in your community. Register here.

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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 (October 29th) in 1979, which New York Yankees manager was fired for the second time?
A: Billy Martin

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