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SNA Releases 2020 Position Paper
School Nutrition Professionals Call on Congress to Increase Student Access to School Meals
ARLINGTON, VA – The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) is calling on Congress to eliminate the reduced price co-pay and expand direct certification with Medicaid data to increase student access to healthy school meals. These requests are part of SNA’s 2020 Position Paper, outlining the legislative priorities for the Association.
Visit www.SchoolNutrition.org/PositionPaper to read the 2020 Position Paper, which includes links for additional details.
“We want all students to have access to healthy school meals, but too often the reduced price co-pay is a barrier that forces vulnerable children to go without the nutrition they need to succeed,” said SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS. “ Research shows school meals are critical to student learning and that school lunches are healthier than the typical packed lunch. By eliminating the reduced price category, Congress can ensure at-risk students have consistent access to healthy school breakfast and lunch to support education.”
The 2020 Position Paper also addresses adequate time for students to consume their meals; the need to preserve current flexibilities in school menu planning; USDA Foods (commodities) support for the School Breakfast Program; and ongoing efforts to streamline child nutrition programs.
In March, school nutrition professionals from across the country will meet with their Members of Congress to discuss SNA’s 2020 Position Paper, as part of the 48th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC).
About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. For more information on school meals, visit www.SchoolNutrition.org/SchoolMeals.
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