Status of Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs
House and Senate Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown
Congress has been under a tight deadline to keep the government funded into the new fiscal year which began Thursday, October 1st. On Tuesday, September 29, the U.S. Senate voted to pass Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) continuing resolution intended to fund the government at the same levels as last year through December 11th. On Wednesday, September 30th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the same bill and the President has signed it into law.
Debate on government funding levels is still in full swing and the next deadline for legislators to come to a consensus is December 11th. As it stands National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk Programs will continue to be funded at the same levels as last year. SNA will continue to monitor progress and will provide updates as new information is available. For the latest, visit SNA's website.
Register On Site for Convention 2015!
Join us in Ocean City, Maryland, October 9-10, 2015
The theme for this year's convention is Explore - Discover - Inspire. We want you to join us! Pre-registration is closed, but you can register on site at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City! The registration desk opens at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2015, and at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
Get Social with MSNA
We are so excited to tell you that we now have a social media presence! Please follow us @MSNAmedia on both Twitter and Instagram. Our page on Facebook is now live, too! There will be information and coverage leading up to and during the Convention this October! Look for us and please spread the word!
New CN Bill Introduced
In response to the SNA 2015 Position Paper survey sent to all members November 2014, twenty five percent of respondents stated that the paid meal equity requirement was one of the top issues threatening the viability of their school meal program. On your behalf, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the School Lunch Price Protection Act (S. 1805). This bill would prevent School Food Authorities (SFAs) from being forced to raise lunch prices when a school's nutrition program is financially solvent. The School Lunch Price Protection Act would make the Paid Lunch Equity mandate only applicable to SFAs that have a negative balance from the previous school year.
Here’s how you can help from home! Please go to SNA’s Take Action page (or directly to the Price Protection action alert) to urge your legislators to support the bill! It’s as easy as logging in and clicking send. Next, share the link with any friends and family that support strong school nutrition programs.
“The School Nutrition Association strongly supports the School Lunch Price Protection Act,” Patricia Montague, CAE, CEO of the School Nutrition Association, said. “Schools want more students to eat healthy school lunches, but Paid Lunch Equity prices some families out of the school lunch program at a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet.”
For more information on S. 1805, please click here. To read the Senate press release, including quotes from SNA Oklahoma members, please click here.
Are You Reading SNA's 'Tuesday Morning'?
Tuesday Morning provides SNA members with up-to-date federal legislative news, as well as a sampling of child nutrition program media coverage. Additionally, current state and federal legislative activity can be accessed through each issue. Sign up for Tuesday Morning and SNA will deliver an update on federal and state policy issues to your e-mail inbox every Tuesday. Or visit the Tuesday Morning page of SNA's website. Not an SNA member? Visit SNA's membership page to join or contact the Maryland School Nutrition Association for more information about membership.
Whole Grain Guidance
Guidance on Requests for Exemption from Whole Grains in SY 2014-15 and 2015-16
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a memo providing State Agencies with guidance on granting exemptions from the regulatory whole grain-rich requirement in meal programs for school years 2014-15 and 2015-16. State Agencies that choose to offer exemptions to their School Food Authorities must notify their FNS regional office and provide a copy of their exemption process prior to implementation. Read the full USDA memo for more details.
SNA Releases 2015 Position Paper Calling for Greater Funding and Flexibility for School Meals Programs
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 professionals who prepare and serve school meals, has released its 2015 Position Paper, outlining the Association’s advocacy efforts as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 this year.
"SNA supports strong federal nutrition standards for school meals, including calorie caps and mandates to offer a greater quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables,” said SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. “However, some of USDA’s regulations under the law have unnecessarily increased costs and waste for school meal programs and caused many students to swap healthy school meals for junk food fare. SNA is asking Congress to provide schools adequate funding and flexibility, allowing school nutrition professionals to plan creative, appealing menus that will entice students to eat healthy school meals.”- excerpt from SNA News Release issued 1/29/2015.
SNA's 2015 Position Paper including details about each request
SNA's 2015 Position Paper in short, printable format