Tuesday Morning - September 10, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Files Amicus Brief in Support of School Meal Flexibilities
FNS Requests Comments for Final Rule on Administrative Revisions to FDPIR
Team Nutrition Releases New CACFP Meal Pattern Training Slides
ERS Publishes Report on Household Food Security in United States in 2018

State Snapshots

State-by-State Analysis of the Proposed Revisions to Categorical Eligibility
Florida Introduces Bill Prohibiting Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws

Mark Your Calendars

Host a Legislator & Other Upcoming SNA Webinars
Upcoming Webinars from FRAC
FNS: Are You Ready for the CSFP Food Package Changes?

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Files Amicus Brief in Support of School Meal Flexibilities

SNA has been closely monitoring the lawsuits filed against USDA regarding the 2018 Final Rule on flexibilities for whole grains, sodium and milk. When the lawsuits were filed in April, SNA expressed our strong support for the final rule. At their May 2019 meeting, SNA’s Board of Directors approved SNA drafting an amicus curiae brief, or “friend of the court” brief, to express SNA’s full support for the flexibilities and USDA’s position on the lawsuits.

On September 5, 2019, SNA filed an amicus brief. Visit this link for a summary and click here for the complete amicus brief. SNA will continue to monitor progress on the lawsuits and keep members updated on developments. In the meantime, the Final Rule’s flexible sodium and whole grains guidance remains in effect.

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FNS Requests Comments for Final Rule on Administrative Revisions to FDPIR

On September 3, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on a Final Rule regarding several revisions to the administrative match requirements for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). First, there are changes to the minimum federal share of the FDPIR administrative costs for mandatory match requirements for State agencies/Indian Tribal Organization (ITO). There are also changes to the conditions that allow State agencies and ITOs to qualify for administrative match waivers. Additionally, this Final Rule permits supplemental federal funds if the purpose of these funds is consistent with other Federal and FDPIR administrative costs. This rule is effective starting September 3, 2019. All comments for this Final Rule must be received by November 4, 2019.

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Team Nutrition Releases New CACFP Meal Pattern Training Slides

USDA’s Team Nutrition has released new meal pattern training slides for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). State agencies, operators, menu planners and feeding organizations now have access to interactive presentations on topics such as “Adding Whole Grains to Your CACFP Menu” and “Serving Milk in the CACFP.” Each slide deck is designed to provide a useful 30-minute training tutorial on how to develop CACFP meal patterns that are healthy and meet federal regulations. All presentations are available for download in both English and Spanish.

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ERS Publishes Report on Household Food Security in United States in 2018

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has published Household Food Security in the United States in 2018, a report that covers household food security, food expenditures and use of Federal food and nutrition assistance programs for 2018. A food-insecure household is defined as a household that has difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources at some point during the year. USDA monitors the extent and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households through an annual, nationally representative survey sponsored and analyzed by USDA’s ERS.

Main findings:

  • The 2018 prevalence of food insecurity declined, for the first time, to the pre-recession (2007) level of 11.1 percent.
  • In 2018, 88.9 percent of U.S. households were food secure. The remaining 11.1 percent (14.3 million households) were food insecure.
  • In 2018, 4.3 percent of U.S. households (5.6 million households) had very low food security, not significantly different from 4.5 percent in 2017.
  • In households with children, children were food insecure in 7.1 percent of U.S. households with children (2.7 million households) during 2018, not significantly different from 7.7 percent in 2017. Households with food insecurity among children were unable at times to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children.

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State Snapshots

State-by-State Analysis of the Proposed Revisions to Categorical Eligibility

On July 24, 2019, USDA issued a Proposed Rule to revise categorical eligibility regulations. An analysis funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that more than 10 percent of SNAP households in 20 states would lose eligibility. The state-by-state data was released via an interactive data visualization, “Impact of Proposed Policy changes to SNAP Categorical Eligibility by State.” SNA is collecting member comments on the local impact of the Proposed Rule and is in the process of drafting a comment letter in response to USDA’s Proposed Rule. The public may submit comments directly through the Federal Register’s web page.

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Florida Introduces Bill Prohibiting Plastic Carryout Bags and Straws

In August, a member of the Florida State Senate introduced SB40, a bill that prohibits plastic carryout bags and straws. Specifically, it prevents a store or foodservice business from providing to a customer a carryout bag made of the plastic film and prohibits a foodservice business from selling or offering a customer a single-use plastic straw. This bill has been referred to Florida’s Committee on Community Affairs 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

Host a Legislator & Other Upcoming SNA Webinars

Looking to make a splash this school year? Visit the SNA Training Zone to register for our upcoming "Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit" webinar on September 25, where you will learn more about being a school meal advocate by inviting your legislator for a behind-the-scenes look at your program! 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 #LAC19: Group Purchasing Cooperatives: Should You Buy In?
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
Cooperative purchasing agreements are an efficient method to procure goods and services but with so many variables it can be hard to know where to begin. As presented at #LAC19, this webinar will provide insight from two different purchasing groups and a state agency perspective, so you can learn if group purchasing is right for you, how it works, and what’s required.

Best of #ANC19: Farm to Table: A Small District Approach to Partnership in Nutrition
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
As presented at #ANC19, learn how one school district in rural Georgia increased their nutritional awareness, school meal participation and student and staff education through the implementation of a farm-to-school program.

Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
With the 2020 elections around the corner, your legislators are looking for an opportunity to engage with your school and the community. Join SNA and a panel of experienced school nutrition professionals to get an exclusive look at how to host a legislator during a cafeteria site visit. This webinar will feature an update on Cafeteria Site Visit resources, information on what to expect when conducting a visit, and tips on how to earn support for your essential programs.

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. Keeping up on the latest social media trends and targeting each social media platform’s specific audience is essential for your program’s success.

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! As a small district, you know that you need to make the most of all available resources… especially human resources. Join Laura Lynn to learn how to include managers and kitchen staff in the broader decision-making process so that your small team is empowered to do GREAT things.

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Upcoming Webinars from FRAC

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is hosting two webinars on some of the opportunities and challenges in child nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Afterschool Meal Program (AMP).

  • Breakfast Matters Webinar
    Thursday, September 12, 2019, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    This webinar will discuss the barriers to establishing and maintaining School Breakfast Programs (SBP) in charter schools.
  • Afterschool Meals Matter Webinar
    Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
    This webinar covers the ten things operators should know about managing an Afterschool Meal Program (AMP), including resources for getting started, program expansion, eligibility requirements and current participation data.

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FNS: Are You Ready for the CSFP Food Package Changes?

On Thursday, September 19, 2019 (1:00-2:00 pm EDT), FNS is hosting a webinar on the enhanced Food Package for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) that set to go into effect November 1. This webinar will cover transition updates concerning direct shipment purchases, food availability from the National Warehouses, including when to expect new foods and what package sizes for multi-food ordering. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask any additional questions before implementing the enhanced food package. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 2000, what Andrew Lloyd Weber musical closed after 7,485 performances?
The musical “Cats” ran for nearly 18 years making it the longest-running show in Broadway history!

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