Tuesday Morning - September 24, 2019

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

SNA Comments on Proposed Revision of Categorical Eligibility
Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2019
FRAC: School Lunches Lifted 1.3 Million out of Poverty
DOE Announces Disaster Recovery Assistance to Restart School Operations
Team Nutrition: Technical Assistance Tools and Resources for Successful Menu Planning

State Snapshots

Florida Bill on Food Pantries in Public Schools

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars: Host a Legislator Webinar is this Wednesday!
Team Nutrition: Webinar on the Exhibit A Grains Tool
Strategies for Achieving Quality Customer Service for School Nutrition Staff

Mystery Chat Corner

Federal Policy

SNA Comments on Proposed Revision of Categorical Eligibility

SNA submitted comments in response to the USDA Proposed Rule: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNA is concerned this Proposed Rule will result in many needy children losing access to free school meals and some schools that have successfully implemented the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) losing access to this valuable program. SNA is also concerned that school nutrition professionals will be burdened with substantial increased workloads and costs from outreach, paperwork and processing of applications for impacted families. Included in the comment letter, are several recommendations should the Proposed Rule be finalized.

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Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2019

On September 10, 2019, U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced H.R. 4265, the Healthy Breakfast Help Kids Learn Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill, supported by SNA, would strengthen and expand the School Breakfast Program (SBP) by proving additional federal support to those schools participating in the SBP. This bill expands access to healthy, American-grown breakfast food to students across the country. Congressmen McGovern stated, “We have millions of kids in this country who can’t concentrate because they’re showing up to class hungry. I think that’s a moral issue – no child in America should go hungry. Period.” Read Rep. McGovern’s full press release, including a quote from SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS.

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FRAC: School Lunches Lifted 1.3 Million out of Poverty

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) recently published a statement analyzing the U.S. Census Bureau’s report on income, poverty and health insurance data. This report found that in the United States, the official poverty rate went down from 2017 to 2018, from 12.3 percent to 11.8 percent. FRAC also noted several public programs that currently work to help lift Americans out of poverty; specifically, “school lunches lifted 1.3 million out of poverty.” Read FRAC’s full statement.

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DOE Announces Disaster Recovery Assistance to Restart School Operations

On September 13, 2019, the Department of Education (DOE) published a Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of funds and the application deadline for the 2019 Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations program. Under this program, the DOE will award grants to eligible State education agencies (SEAs) to assist local education agencies (LEAs) and non-public schools with expenses related to the restart of schools affected by Hurricane Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018 and tornadoes and floods occurring in 2019 in areas in which a major disaster or emergency has been declared. The deadline for applications is October 23, 2019.

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Team Nutrition: Technical Assistance Tools and Resources for Successful Menu Planning

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Team Nutrition has released technical assistance tools and new resources for successful menu planning during the new school year. Resources include the Offer Versus Serve Lunch Posters, information on crediting updates, new USDA standardized recipes and helpful tip sheets. All posters and supplies are available online for download.

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State Snapshots

Florida Bill on Food Pantries in Public Schools

On September 17, 2019, Florida Senator Gary Farmer introduced SB 300, a bill that authorizes school districts to adopt a policy to create food pantry programs in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, allowing school districts to provide food from the pantry at no cost to students. This bill would also authorize school employees to prepare and distribute all donated foods through food pantry programs. This bill has been referred to Florida’s Committee for education.

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Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars: Host a Legislator Webinar is this Wednesday!

Register for this Wednesday's webinar and learn more about hosting your legislator for a cafeteria site visit. 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.

Host a Legislator: Cafeteria Site Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:00 pm ET
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 and tips on how to earn support for your 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.

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.

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Team Nutrition: Webinar on the Exhibit A Grains Tool

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (2:00-3:00 pm EDT), USDA’s Team Nutrition is hosting a webinar to demonstrate the Exhibit A Grains Tool, the newest feature of the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Interactive Web Tool. This tool assists program operators and administrators in determining the meal pattern contribution of commercial grain products. In this webinar, participants will get hands-on practice using the tool. Register here.

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Strategies for Achieving Quality Customer Service for School Nutrition Staff

On Thursday, September 26, 2019 (3:00-4:00 pm EDT), the School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Program and Institute of Child Nutrition is hosting a webinar on the foundation for everything school nutrition professionals do: customer service. This webinar will discuss strategies for building the school nutrition workforce to enhance customer service and provide greater access to quality, nutritious meals in a customer-friendly environment. Register here.

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Mystery Chat Corner

On this day in 1906 (September 24), U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed which Wyoming rock formation the nation’s first National Monument?
A: Devils Tower.

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