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SNA Releases 2021 Position Paper
ARLINGTON, VA – The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) is calling on Congress to permanently offer school meals to all students at no charge through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and to take additional steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of school meal programs. These requests are part of SNA’s 2021 Position Paper, outlining the legislative priorities for the Association in the new year.
“Providing all students equal access to a healthy school breakfast and lunch will contribute to the academic achievement, health and wellness of America’s youth at a critical time for our country,” said SNA President Reggie Ross, SNS. “School meal programs are proven to support learning and foster healthy eating habits. We must ensure these critical programs recover from financial losses incurred during the pandemic and remain sustainable to serve future generations of students.”
The 2021 Position Paper calls on Congress to provide emergency financial relief for school meal programs and to preserve USDA Foods (commodity) entitlements and State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds, impacted by the decline in school meal participation due to COVID-19 school closures. The Position Paper also emphasizes the need to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens, which hinder efforts to serve students.
In March, school nutrition professionals from across the country will meet virtually with their Members of Congress to discuss SNA’s 2021 Position Paper, as part of the 49th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC).
About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 50,000 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