Tuesday Morning - January 2, 2018

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Register for LAC 2018!
Submit Your Comments on School Nutrition Programs Regulatory Reform
Congress Temporarily Avoids Government Shutdown
States Requiring School Breakfast Programs See Positive Results
USDA Seeking Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting

State Snapshots

2018 State Legislative Sessions

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
National CACFP Sponsors Association National Conference
USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants

Cafeteria Chat Corner


Federal Policy

Register for LAC 2018!

SNA’s 2018 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) will be held March 4-6 at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington, D.C. Register today to learn the latest in child nutrition policy and regulation, hear our two keynote speakers, pollsters Frank Luntz and Peter Hart, and make sure your voice is heard on Capitol Hill! The pre-conference session titled, “How to Write a Winning Grant Application,” will teach you how to find, write and prepare grants that will advance the quality of your school meal programs. Participants of this per-conference session are encouraged to bring their laptops for an interactive lesson lead by Dr. Tillie Harris, Executive Director of the Grant Training Center in Alexandria, Va. With everything going on in Washington and the threat of a block grant looming closer, advocacy is critical in ensuring that child nutrition programs remain funded and secure. Early bird registration ends January 12, so be sure to register ASAP to get the best rates!

Submit Your Comments on School Nutrition Programs Regulatory Reform

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Regulatory Reform Federal Register notice was posted on June 17, 2017, SNA has been collecting comments from members about how best to simplify school nutrition program regulations. SNA is getting ready to submit its third batch of regulatory reform comments in early February. Complete this form to have your ideas included. USDA is specifically looking for ideas on regulations, guidance documents, or policy documents that are in need of streamlining, modification, or repeal. Submit your comments and SNA will do the paperwork to make your recommendations to USDA are received.

Congress Temporarily Avoids Government Shutdown

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed a four-week stopgap spending bill after it passed both the House and Senate. This is the third temporary spending bill that has been signed since the current fiscal year began on October 1. The bill, H.R. 1370 (115), extends federal funding at current levels through January 19, after which Congress will have to pass another temporary bill or agree on a package that provides updated spending levels through the end of Fiscal Year 2018. The current bill keeps the Children’s Health Insurance Program running through March 31, extends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act until January 19, and provides extra money for some defense programs. Ultimately, President Trump and Congress will have to reach a compromise on the overall defense and nondefense items, such as entitlement programs and budgets.

States Requiring School Breakfast Programs See Positive Results

The Journal of Consumer Affairs published a study in the fall that evaluated the relationship between the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and food insecurity. The methodology of the study examined the impact of the availability of the SBP on food insecurity by merging restricted-access NHANES data with school-level poverty data and state policy information. Essentially, the study used state-level cutoffs tied to school-level poverty rates that mandate the provision of the SBP to compare the food security outcomes of students in similar schools, but with different requirements to provide breakfast. The results found that state policies that require schools to offer the SBP lead to reduced food insecurity for young children.

USDA Seeking Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting

In a Federal Register Notice published on December 14, 2017, USDA announced an information collection on food crediting for Child Nutrition Programs. Child Nutrition Programs must reflect the meal patterns and nutrition standards set forth by the USDA in order to claim Federal reimbursement, and crediting is the process designed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to specify how individual food items contribute to those meal patterns. The Request for Information is intended to help FNS gather feedback from stakeholders on how the crediting system can be improved and to offer customer service to those operating and benefitting from the Child Nutrition Programs. Electronic comments are preferred and may be submitted to the Federal Register by February 12, 2018. More information can be found in USDA’s press release as well.

State Snapshots

2018 State Legislative Sessions

It’s a new year and that means state legislatures are getting ready to open their doors and reconvene to discuss and advance new legislation. Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas, still running on a biennial basis, will not convene in 2018. Legislation moves in a flurry at the local level with bills often introduced and passed within a few weeks. You can get ahead of the game by beginning your local advocacy efforts now. Take a look at the trends in your area in SNA’s 2017 4th Quarter State Legislative Report and then check for your state’s convene date here. It’s never too early to reach out.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

The Power of Protein!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will cover the latest in egg nutrition research, foodservice trends, success stories, and marketing materials to attract students, staff and parents to the protein power of eggs.
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 1: Community Eligibility Provision 101
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 2: Making It Work With ISPs Below 60%
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

Community Eligibility Series, Part 3: Strategies for Partial Implementation
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2:00 pm ET
Successful completion of the webinar and quiz is awarded 1 SNA CEU, or 1 CPEU for RDs/DTRs.

National CACFP Sponsors Association National Conference

The annual National CACFP Sponsors Association conference for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Afterschool Program, and Summer Food Program is open for registration. Visit www.cacfp.org to learn more and to register.

USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced its release of the fiscal year 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA). Grants are available to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to fund the costs of improving direct certification rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other needs-based assistance programs. States will have six opportunities to apply for Tier 1 or Tier 2 grants, beginning November 15, 2017, and ending February 15, 2019.


Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to SNA’s LAC: 61 Days!
Another exciting breakout session featured at LAC this year is, “Natural Disasters: Preparation and Impact.” In this session you will hear from child nutrition directors and state agency officials who have first-hand experience with natural disasters and will provide insight into the major role school nutrition plays in disaster relief. This session will be held on Sunday, March 4, at 11:00 am.

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