Donate To SNF With Amazon Smile This Holiday Season
Did you know that you can support the School Nutrition Foundation simply by shopping on Amazon? Through AmazonSmile, SNF will get a percentage of the purchase price of everything you order. There is no cost to you or to the Foundation. Watch this short tutorial and learn how to sign up today.
Read The Fall 2019 Edition Of The Journal Of Child Nutrition & Management
The Fall 2019 edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management delves deep into the complex topic of special diets with research-based and thought-provoking articles to support those in school foodservice. Articles include a training review on the role of food sensitivities to meet the needs of students with intolerances and other concerns; research about resources to provide texture-modified diets for special needs children with developmental disorders and on perceptions of menu planners of costs in making meal accommodations; and a behind-the-scenes look at a Washington D.C. school that introduced vegan entrees as part of their lunch menus.
SNA Submits Comment On School Meals Eligibility Under Proposed SNAP Rule
On November 1, 2019, SNA submitted its comment letter on the Proposed Rule, Revision of Categorical Eligibility; Reopening of Comment Period. Read More
Why We Don't Know What To Eat To Stay Healthy
Nutrition research is an afterthought in Washington even though diet-related diseases like obesity and Type 2 diabetes are skyrocketing, threatening the fiscal sustainability of the U.S. health care system, reports your host and Pro Ag's Helena Bottemiller Evich.
A POLITICO analysis of federal budget documents dating back decades reveals that NIH and USDA, as a share of their overall research dollars, are shrinking investments in nutrition. NIH in 2018 invested $1.8 billion, or just under 5 percent of its total budget. USDA's Agricultural Research Service spends much less: Just $88 million was devoted to nutrition last year, or a little more than 7 percent of its overall research portfolio — virtually the same as in 1983 when adjusted for inflation.
To boot, there's a lack of federal leadership on nutrition research, no major lobbying force on Capitol Hill, and a nutrition science community that finds itself fighting over whether public health enemy No. 1 is processed carbs or fat or sodium or sugar. Meanwhile, consumers get a regular dose of whiplash on diet advice: One day coffee is healthy, the next it's not; red wine is good for your heart, or maybe not; cheese is either a healthy source of protein and calcium, or a dangerous overdose of fat and salt.
This has prompted calls for establishing a National Institute of Nutrition, to be housed under NIH. Leading that effort is Joon Yun, a Silicon Valley investor better known for putting up millions to spur innovations to end aging. He and two high-profile allies — Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's nutrition school, and David Kessler, who led the FDA during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations — are trying to build momentum on Capitol Hill.
"I don't think we can afford not to have a National Institute of Nutrition," Yun said. Pros, read the profile from yours truly and Helena here.
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2020 SNA Election Ballot Announcement
The SNA Leadership Development Committee met during the 2019 Fall Committee Days in Alexandria, Va., last week to review nominations for positions on the SNA Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee. After reviewing the biographical information on each candidate, as well as supporting documents such as the candidate’s goals and the recommendations submitted by colleagues on leadership experience and competencies, the Committee selected a slate for the 2020 election.
SNA is pleased to announce the 2020 election ballot:
Candidates for the six open positions on the Board of Directors:
Lori Adkins, SNS, Oakland Schools, MI
Sara Gasiorowski, SNS, MSD of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, IN
Stephanie Dillard, SNS, Geneva County Board of Education, Geneva, AL
Micheline Piekarski, MSM, SNS, Oak Park & River Forest HS #200, Oak Park, IL
Mideast Regional Director
Gary Childress, SNS, Harford County Public Schools, Forest Hill, MD
Jill Riggs, Penn Harris Madison, Mishawaka, IN
Midwest Regional Director
Noah Atlas, SNS, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Anoka, MN
Lynelle Johnson, SNS, Williston Public School District #1, Williston, ND
Southwest Regional Director
Teresa Brown, MS, RD, LDN, SNS, St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Luling, LA
Cindy Jones, Olathe Public Schools, Olathe, KS
At Large Director
Lori Danella, SNS, Lees Summit R7, Lees Summit, MO
Anne Leavens, SNS, Central Point School District #6, Central Point, OR
Candidates for the four open positions on the Leadership Development Committee:
Mideast Regional Representative
Elizabeth Foland, MS, RD, Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis, IN
Midwest Regional Representative
LaRae Doll, SNS, Johnston Community School District, Johnston, IA
Deborah Egeland, SNS, ND Department of Public Instruction, Bismarck, ND
Southeast Region Representative
Todd Bedenbaugh, District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, Irmo, SC
Timikel Sharpe, MS, Bibb County School District, Macon, GA
West Region Representative
Dean Gallegos, Bernalillo Public Schools, Bernalillo, NM
Kelly Orton, SNS, Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake City, UT
Biographies of candidates selected for the ballot will be available to view online in early January 2020. The election will be held February 15-29, 2020.
The elected candidates for the positions on the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2020 at ANC. The elected candidates for positions on the Leadership Development Committee begin their terms on March 1, 2020 to coincide with the annual nominations and election calendar.
Congratulations and good luck to all the ballot candidates!
FDA To Give 6 Months Leeway On Nutrition Facts Update
The agency said this week it's going to give food manufacturers a bit more time to fully comply with the long-awaited Nutrition Facts update that's supposed to formally take effect in January (though you can find plenty of updated labels at the grocery store already).
"The FDA has heard from several manufacturers and groups that more time may be needed to meet all of the requirements," the agency wrote in an updated Q&A on its website. "Therefore, during the first 6 months following the January 1, 2020, compliance date, FDA plans to work cooperatively with manufacturers to meet the new Nutrition Facts label requirements and will not focus on enforcement actions regarding these requirements during that time."
Get Ready For the SNA Compensation Survey
SNA is conducting its first compensation survey on the school nutrition workforce since 2006. The objective of this survey is to collect data on salaries and benefits to be used for benchmarking purposes by member Directors. We hope you will participate in this important survey by contributing data on your district!
A unique link to the survey will be emailed directly to you from The School Nutrition Association at 9 AM on the morning of Monday, October 21st.
Having a unique link will allow you to start, stop, and re-start the survey. This means that you will not need to complete this survey in one sitting—you can stop and start by clicking on your unique link. To maintain the security of your salary data, do not share your link with anyone else. Please keep this email or bookmark your unique link so you can re-enter the survey.
You will need to know the following information to complete the survey:
- Salary and benefits information for both district and school-level positions. Click here to view job descriptions of all the district and school-level positions
- RD, Certificate and SNS credential requirements and/or pay supplements/benefits for specific positions
- The total budget for your school nutrition program, and the percentage of the budget dedicated to salaries and benefits
- Overtime pay eligibility for specific positions
- Number of management-level, full-time non-management-level, and part-time non-management employees
- Number of temporary, substitute or contract staff
- Turnover rate for management-level, and full-time/part-time non-management level employees
- Benefits information including types of retirement/pension benefits offered, health insurance offerings (employee only, employee+spouse/partner, employee plus family, all the above), and typical amount of health insurance premium paid by district.
If you have this information ready when you sit down to complete the survey, it typically takes 15 – 25 minutes to complete this survey.
Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the SNA 2020 conference of their choice, as well as a drawing for one of five $20 gift cards.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Donovan Lessard, Research Manager at SNA, at 703 824 3000, extension 156, or email@example.com.
8.07.2019 National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates
The USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced its SY2019-20 adjustments to the national average payments and reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Overall, the reimbursement rates for the NSLP, SBP and SMP either increased or remained the same compared to last year. The performance-based reimbursement for lunches certified as meeting the meal pattern increased from 6 cents to 7 cents. These rates are effective from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
8.12.2019 Food Distribution Program: Value of Donated Foods
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a notice announcing the value of donated foods, explicitly the national average value of donated foods for those states and schools participating in the NSLP and CACFP. The new rates for donated foods apply to SY2019-20 and are effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
8.14.2019 Final Rule: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Final Rule titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” This change to U.S. immigration policies impacts applications for a green card or visa for those deemed likely to depend on government aid. Under the new rule, benefits provided under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Seamless Summer Option, Afterschool Meal Supplement, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program “would not be considered public benefits under the public charge inadmissibility determination.”
8.16.2019 Best Practices to Minimize Food Waste
In this policy memo FNS provided program operators with best practices to minimize food waste for privately donated foods. This memo offers USDA methods and procedures for all food waste activities, donated food storage, USDA commodities, distribution and product dating. These planning methods are meant for all nutrition programs but are a crucial resource, especially for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), state agencies and other emergency feeding organizations.
8.19.2019 Updated Template: Local Agency Procurement Review Tool SY 2019-2020
This policy memo provides updates to the Local Agency Procurement Review Tool for SY2019-20. The procurement review tool is intended to provide State agencies and program operators with technical assistance to ensure that a school district’s procurement procedures comply with federal regulations. The original concepts of the tool remain the same but are now designed to reduce burdens, consolidate questions, clarify instructions and improve functionality for school food authorities (SFAs) and state agencies.
8.28.2019 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
FNS announced a Comment Request regarding State Administrative Expense (SAE) Funds. FNS issues regulations and prescribes methods for administering expense funds to State agencies. These expense funds are for supervision and technical assistance in child nutrition programs. USDA requested comments concerning whether this collection is necessary for the agency to perform its proper functions and practical ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the information collected.
8.28.2019 Summer Food Service Program, Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
FNS published a Federal Register notice seeking comments on a routine record collection for Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) concerning whether this collection is necessary for the agency to perform its proper functions and practical ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the information collected. FNS uses this information to monitor program performance for compliance and reimbursement purposes and to determine an organization's eligibility.
9.03.2019 Final Rule: Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Revisions to the Administrative Match Requirement
FNS is requesting comments on a Final Rule regarding several revisions to the administrative match requirements for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). First, there are changes to the minimum federal share of the FDPIR administrative costs for mandatory match requirements for State agencies/Indian Tribal Organization (ITO). There are also changes to the conditions that allow State agencies and ITOs to qualify for administrative match waivers. Additionally, this Final Rule permits supplemental federal funds if the purpose of these funds is consistent with other Federal and FDPIR administrative costs. This rule is effective as of September 3, 2019. All comments for this Final Rule must be received by November 4, 2019.
9.10.2019 Completion of Interim Rules and Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules
USDA issued two separate Federal Register notices, both in response to USDA’s Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The first notice announced the Completion of Interim Rules, including the Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children Interim Rule. The second notice is the subsequent Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules, removing prior proposals concerning “inactive” regulatory actions that were under review but decidedly not included in the unified agenda. This action is part of USDA’s effort to reduce its regulatory backlog and focus its resources on higher priorities. These notices took effect on September 10, 2019.
9.13.2019 Notice Announcing Availability of Funds and Application Deadline for the 2019 Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations Program; Disaster Recovery Assistance for Education
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.
9.23.2019 Information Collection; Improving Customer Experience
USDA announced it is seeking comments on methods and practices for improving the customer experience. The 2016 American Consumer Satisfaction Index illustrated that government services on average, lagged nine percentage points behind that of the private sector. Therefore, this collection request is in part an effort by USDA to improve customer service by collecting qualitative and quantitative comments directly from its consumers. Comments may be obtained by a variety of means such as electronic or social media, direct or indirect observation, interviews, questionnaires, surveys and focus groups. The results of this comment collection will be used to improve Federal services and programs. All comments must be submitted by November 22, 2019.
9.25.2019 Final Rule: Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the CACFP
This Final Rule delays the implementation of the "ounce equivalents" requirement for crediting grains served through the CACFP until October 1, 2021. The delay of implementation allows FNS to develop additional materials and technical assistance to help operators meet requirements. It provides State agencies with the opportunity to offer more training to assist meal planners and ensure compliance. This regulatory action is consistent with FNS' efforts to improve customer service and work with allied partners in the CACFP. This rule is in effect starting October 1, 2019.
9.25.2019 Information Collections, Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
USDA posted three information collections to the Federal Register for public comment.
- National School Lunch Program; Submission for OMB Review is an ongoing record collection required to administer and operate the NSLP.
- Generic Clearance for the Development of Nutrition Education Messages and Products for the General Public will allow USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) to collect information to develop nutrition and physical activity guidance.
- Generic Clearance to Conduct Formative Research information collection will facilitate research in support of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services’ goal of delivering science-based nutrition education to targeted audiences.
Comments in response to these three notices are due October 25, 2019.
9.26.2019 Updated School Meal Guidance
USDA has published a collection of policy memoranda to provide administrators and operators with updated guidance for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). This guidance, which is being distributed by State Agencies, covers programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Updates to this guidance include questions and answers documents pertaining to school meal flexibility and meal pattern requirements; clarification on milk and water requirements; and updates to guidance on smoothies and salad bars in schools.
Apply Today for a Professional Development Conference Scholarship or Equipment Grant
The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is now accepting applications for scholarships! Apply for a SNA Conference Scholarship for a chance to earn $1,000 to help cover the costs to attend SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference and Legislative Action Conference.
- 6 for SNIC 2020 (3 of the scholarships will be for First Timers only)
- 6 for LAC 2020 (3 of the scholarships will be for First Timers only)
Employee and Manager level members with a passion for advocacy can also apply for the Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship.
Visit this link to apply for a SNA Conference Scholarship! Applications are due online by November 30th and require a signed approval form from your supervisor. You must be an SNA member for at least 2 years to be eligible.
Want to earn your degree? SNF is also accepting applications for Professional Development Scholarships to help cover the costs of tuition and books for a degree in a school nutrition related field.
New this year, eligible applicants have the opportunity to win one of three equipment grants! These three grants are the Winston Equipment Grant, the Vulcan/Hobart Equipment Grant, and the Collection Grant. SNF is now accepting applications for the SNF Equipment Grants. If your kitchen needs new equipment, consider applying today!
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard Report Urges Nutrition Education in Med School
The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic has issued a set of recommendations for improving nutrition education in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical training. The report says nutrition education should be required in medical school, and states should encourage or require nutrition education courses to maintain medical licenses.
Share Your Thoughts: SNA's 2020 Position Paper
SNA is preparing to craft its 2020 Position Paper, and it’s time to make your voice heard! Please provide your input on the school nutrition program challenges you believe should be addressed in SNA's 2020 Position Paper. We would like to hear from YOU about what can be done here in Washington, D.C., to support school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee will meet to draft the Paper on December 9th and your responses will determine what your regional committee representative will discuss during the drafting.
The deadline to submit is November 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to SNA’s Government Affairs and Media Relations team at email@example.com.
USDA Updates Guidance on School Meal Programs
USDA has published a collection of policy memoranda to provide administrators and operators with updated guidance for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP). Read More
Register Now For Upcoming Fall Webinars
Fall into SNA's Webinar Wednesdays for all the latest and greatest on school nutrition trends. Register now and earn CEUs while you learn. Learn More
SNA Comments on State Administrative Expense Funds and Summer Food Service Programs
SNA recently submitted its comments in reply to the Federal Register notice, Submission for OMB Review; State Administrative Expense (SAE) Funds and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Read More
How to Share Your #NSLW19 Lunch Playlist with Parents
Celebrations for National School Lunch Week 2019 (NSLW) are less than two weeks away so be sure to get parents on-board with your #SchoolLunchPlaylists during #NSLW19! Encourage them to join the conversation, have lunch with their child and engage your school further by using the following resources from SNA.
Studies show that school lunches are more likely to include fruit, vegetables, and dairy than those from home. This information is in the fun new NSLW 2019 Infographic available in English and Spanish.
Another helpful tool with ideas and tips to get your crowd of parents excited about what’s on the menu for their child’s school lunch playlist is the NSLW 2019 Toolkit. Ideas and tips include giving parents a free lunch coupon for an upcoming meal to providing parents with a family-sized recipe of a student-favorite menu item to make at home! You’ll find the NSLW 2019 Infographic, Toolkit and new Activity Sheets in English and Spanish for your students on the Toolkit & Handouts page here!
Amplify your engagement further by inviting parents to enjoy healthy lunch options with their child on National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day (Wednesday, October 16, 2019), or any other day that works for them. As parents make plans to attend lunch with their child, encourage them to also review the lunch menu as well as follow the SNA TrayTalk Facebook page and blog for school lunch innovations and success stories.
SNA resources have bonus features to create a NSLW 2019 playlist full of lunch hitmakers. Before time runs out, be sure to purchase your “playlist” merchandise from the SNA Emporium to promote NSLW. Also, you have until Monday, October 7 to enter the NSLW 2019 Contest for a chance to win top of the chart essentials for your school lunch programs.
No matter how you inform parents about NSLW 2019, make sure to keep them in rhythm with their child’s school lunch playlist but most of all, have fun and share your celebrations with us on social media!
Register for the Third Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting and View New & Updated Protocols
The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will hold its third meeting October 24 and 25 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be available to attend in-person or view by webcast. Register for the third meeting now.
Please note: Registration for in-person attendance closes on Friday, October 18, at 5:00PM EDT.
Apply Today for a Professional Development & Conference Scholarship
SNF Equipment Grants for 2020
The School Nutrition Foundation is teaming up with more industry partners than ever before to provide new kitchen equipment to deserving districts! Apply now for the 2020 SNF Equipment Grant Program, featuring a common application for not one but THREE grants! Learn More
Marketing & PR Resources
Cook up a complete NSLW promotional plan by adding marketing and PR resources to the mix. View Resources
Tools & Resources
Anne DeCesaro Joined USDA's Office of the Undersecretary
Anne DeCesaro joined USDA's office of the undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. DeCesaro was previously the Republican staff director for the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee.
MD Public Schools Offer More Local Food In Meals
Public schools across Maryland will serve more local fruits and vegetables in school meals this week as part of a farm-to-table program. The program helps provide nutritious food for students and teaches them about gardening and nutrition.
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National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates
This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payments, the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks, and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; to the maximum reimbursement rates, the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. The annual payments and rates adjustments for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs reflect changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the Special Milk Program reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect higher costs of providing meals in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each July.
Overall, reimbursement rates this year for the National School Lunch, Breakfast Programs and the Special Milk Program either remained the same or increased compared to last year. Of note, the performance-based reimbursement for lunches certified as meeting the meal pattern increased from 6 cents to 7 cents.
These rates are effective from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jessica Saracino, Branch Chief, Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594.
Special Milk Program for Children—Pursuant to section 3 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1772), the Department announces the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. This rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.
National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs—Pursuant to sections 11 and 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, (42 U.S.C. 1759a and 1766a), and section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773), the Department annually announces the adjustments to the National Average Payment Factors and to the maximum Federal reimbursement rates for lunches and afterschool snacks served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program and breakfasts served to children participating in the School Breakfast Program. Adjustments are prescribed each July 1, based on changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.
Lunch Payment Levels—Section 4 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1753) provides general cash for food assistance payments to States to assist schools in purchasing food. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act provides two different section 4 payment levels for lunches served under the National School Lunch Program. The lower payment level applies to lunches served by school food authorities in which less than 60 percent of the lunches served in the school lunch program during the second preceding school year were served free or at a reduced price. The higher payment level applies to lunches served by school food authorities in which 60 percent or more of the lunches served during the second preceding school year were served free or at a reduced price.
To supplement these section 4 payments, section 11 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1759 (a)) provides special cash Start Printed Page 38591assistance payments to aid schools in providing free and reduced price lunches. The section 11 National Average Payment Factor for each reduced price lunch served is set at 40 cents less than the factor for each free lunch.
As authorized under sections 8 and 11 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1757 and 1759a), maximum reimbursement rates for each type of lunch are prescribed by the Department in this Notice. These maximum rates are to ensure equitable disbursement of Federal funds to school food authorities.
Performanced-based Reimbursement—In addition to the funding mentioned above, school food authorized certified as meeting the meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements set forth in 7 CFR parts 210 and 220 are eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served (an additional seven cents per lunch available beginning July 1, 2019, increased by inflation from six cents to seven cents, and will continue to be adjusted and rounded down to the nearest whole cent).
Afterschool Snack Payments in Afterschool Care Programs—Section 17A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766a) establishes National Average Payments for free, reduced price and paid afterschool snacks as part of the National School Lunch Program.
Breakfast Payment Factors—Section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773) establishes National Average Payment Factors for free, reduced price, and paid breakfasts served under the School Breakfast Program and additional payments for free and reduced price breakfasts served in schools determined to be in “severe need” because they serve a high percentage of needy children.
The following specific section 4, section 11, and section 17A National Average Payment Factors and maximum reimbursement rates for lunch, the afterschool snack rates, and the breakfast rates are in effect from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Due to a higher cost of living, the average payments and maximum reimbursements for Alaska, Puerto Rico and Hawaii are higher than those for all other States. The District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Guam use the figures specified for the contiguous States. These rates do not include the value of USDA Foods or cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods which schools receive as additional assistance for each meal served to participants under the Program. A notice announcing the value of USDA Foods and cash-in-lieu of USDA Foods is published separately in the Federal Register.
Adjustments to the national average payment rates for all lunches served under the National School Lunch Program, breakfasts served under the School Breakfast Program, and afterschool snacks served under the National School Lunch Program are rounded down to the nearest whole cent.
Special Milk Program Payments
For the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to a non-needy child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program is 21.50 cents reflecting an increase of 1 cent from the School Year (SY) 2018-2019 level. This change is based on the 3.92 percent increase in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products from May 2018 to May 2019.
As a reminder, schools or institutions with pricing programs that elect to serve milk free to eligible children continue to receive the average cost of a half-pint of milk (the total cost of all milk purchased during the claim period divided by the total number of purchased half-pints) for each half-pint served to an eligible child.
National School Lunch Program Payments
Overall, payments for the National School Lunch Program and the Afterschool Snack Program either remained the same or increased from last years payments due to a 2.94 percent increase in the national average payment rates for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the food away from home series during the 12-month period May 2018 to May 2019 (from a level of 275.307 in May 2017, as previously published in the Federal Register to 283.394 in May 2019).
These changes are reflected below.
Section 4 National Average Payment Factors—In school food authorities that served less than 60 percent free and reduced price lunches in School Year (SY) 2017-2018, the payments for meals served are: Contiguous States: Paid rate—32 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2018-2019 level), free and reduced price rate—32 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—40 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska: Paid rate—53 cents (2 cents increase), free and reduced price rate—53 cents (2 cents increase), maximum rate—63 cents (2 cents increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Paid rate—38 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—38 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—46 cents (1 cent increase).
In school food authorities that served 60 percent or more free and reduced price lunches in School Year 2017-2018, payments are: Contiguous States: Paid rate—34 cents (1 cent increase from the SY 2018-2019 level), free and reduced price rate—34 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—40 cents (1 cent increase); Alaska: Paid rate—55 cents (2 cents increase), free and reduced price rate—55 cents (2 cents increase), maximum rate—63 cents (2 cents increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Paid rate—40 cents (1 cent increase), free and reduced price rate—40 cents (1 cent increase), maximum rate—46 cents (1 cent increase).
Beginning this year, School food authorities certified to receive the performance-based cash assistance will receive an additional 7 cents (adjusted annually) added to the above amounts as part of their section 4 payments.
Section 11 National Average Payment Factors—Contiguous States: Free lunch—3 dollars and 9 cents (9 cents increase from the SY 2018-2019 level), reduced price lunch—2 dollars and 69 cents (9 cents increase); Alaska: Free lunch—5 dollars and 1 cent (14 cents increase), reduced price lunch—4 dollars and 61 cents (14 cents increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Free lunch—3 dollars and 62 cents (11 cents increase), reduced price lunch—3 dollars and 22 cents (11 cents increase).
Afterschool Snacks in Afterschool Care Programs—The payments are: Contiguous States: Free snack—94 cents (3 cents increase from the SY 2018-2019 level), reduced price snack—47 cents (2 cents increase), paid snack—8 cents (no change); Alaska: Free snack—1 dollar and 52 cents (4 cents increase), reduced price snack—76 cents (2 cents increase), paid snack—13 cents (no change); Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Free snack—1 dollar and 10 cents (4 cents increase), reduced price snack—55 cents (2 cent increase), paid snack—10 cents (1 cent increase).
School Breakfast Program Payments
Overall, payments for the National School Breakfast Program either remained the same or increased from last years payments due to a 2.94 percent increase in the national average payment rates for schools and residential child care institutions for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in the Consumer Price Index for Start Printed Page 38592All Urban Consumers in the Food Away from Home series during the 12-month period May 2018 to May 2019 (from a level of 275.307 in May 2018, as previously published in the Federal Register to 283.394 in May 2019).
These changes are reflected below.
For schools “not in severe need” the payments are: Contiguous States: Free breakfast—1 dollar and 84 cents (5 cents increase from the SY 2018-2019 level), reduced price breakfast—1 dollar and 54 cents (5 cents increase), paid breakfast—31 cents (no change); Alaska: Free breakfast—2 dollars and 95 cents (8 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—2 dollars and 65 cents (8 cents increase), paid breakfast—47 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Free breakfast—2 dollars and 15 cents (6 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—1 dollar and 85 cents (6 cents increase), paid breakfast—36 cents (1 cent increase).
For schools in “severe need” the payments are: Contiguous States: Free breakfast—2 dollars and 20 cents (6 cents increase from the SY 2018-2019 level), reduced price breakfast—1 dollar and 90 cents (6 cents increase), paid breakfast—31 cents (no change); Alaska: Free breakfast—3 dollars and 53 cents (10 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—3 dollars and 23 cents (10 cents increase), paid breakfast—47 cents (1 cent increase); Hawaii and Puerto Rico: Free breakfast—2 dollars and 57 cents (7 cents increase), reduced price breakfast—2 dollars and 27 cents (7 cents increase), paid breakfast—36 cents (1 cent increase).
The following chart illustrates the lunch National Average Payment Factors with the sections 4 and 11 already combined to indicate the per lunch amount; the maximum lunch reimbursement rates; the reimbursement rates for afterschool snacks served in afterschool care programs; the breakfast National Average Payment Factors including severe need schools; and the milk reimbursement rate. All amounts are expressed in dollars or fractions thereof. The payment factors and reimbursement rates used for the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Guam are those specified for the contiguous States.
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Beef Up Your Culinary Skills With New Online Training
We are excited to announce our new Culinary Skills module, available to you online in the Training Zone! This new module includes a series of video tutorials, presented by members of SNA’s Chef’s Task Force. Utilizing the proper technique in the kitchen saves time and cost.
The modules will instruct new and veteran kitchen staff alike on three critical skills needed for food preparation. Each 20-minute module includes a video demonstration of the skill along with fun and engaging activities and questions to not only make the learning fun, but to also help you retain what you’ve learned.
Once completed, you will have earned one CEU, but most importantly, you have either learned a new skill or brushed up on a skill. Join Chefs Brenda Wattles, Cyndie Story and Sharon Schaeffer as they demonstrate three critical food preparation skills needed in your school kitchen!
This module includes tutorials in:
- Knife Skills for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Understanding Weights and Measures
- Calibrating and Using Thermometers
And, we now offer District Packages at discount prices to train your entire kitchen staff:
Breakfast Commodities Bill Introduced
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. Read More
SNA Comments on Proposed Revision of Categorial Eligibility
SNA submitted comments in response to the USDA Proposed Rule: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Read More
Updated Unpaid Meal Charge Talking Points
Last month, SNA released the 2019 School Nutrition Trends Report, which included new data on the growing problem of unpaid meal debt in school cafeterias. This topic continues to be the focus of national media stories, and given heightened interest in this issue, school nutrition professionals should be prepared to discuss district charge policies, how they compassionately respond to students unable to pay for their meals and work to enroll needy families in the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program. To assist with these conversations, SNA has updated member talking points on unpaid meal charges. SNA members can access these points on the “Talking Points and Customizable PR Tools” webpage. A variety of other helpful PR resources, including backpack brochures and media outreach guides can be found at www.SchoolNutrition.org/PR.
National School Lunch Week - Enter the #NSLW19 Contest For You Chance to Win!
We know there is no shortage of creativity and talent among SNA members when it comes to promoting their amazing school lunch programs during National School Lunch Week. So make sure you enter the #NSLW19 Contest in the next 3 weeks! Monday, October 7 is the deadline to amplify your chance to win hitmaking essentials for your school lunch program! Prizes include a free $50 Emporium Gift Card to promote your program (2 will be awarded) or a complimentary registration for SNA’s new chef-taught Culinary Skills online training module in the Training Zone.
Entering the contest is as easy as creating a playlist! Simply fill in your information, share with us your #NSLW19 plans and the resources you plan to use, and tell us how much you think school participation will increase in your school or district during NSLW!
As you ramp up your plans, don’t wait until the last minute to place your orders for Emporium Playlist merchandise—popular items often sell out! View and download the Emporium catalog and print the order form to fax in your order, order online 24-7 or call Phone # 1-800-728-0728.
National School Lunch Week is just one month away—we can’t wait to see what you have planned!
Updated NSLP and SBT Participation Analyses Reports Now Available
Here at SNA we are dishing up analysis of the freshest USDA FNS data on NSLP and SBP participation. Read More
New York City is considering banning chocolate milk in public schools, citing health concerns, specifically sugar content, as the driving force, the New York Post writes. Many parents and students complain that such a ban doesn't address the highly processed foods served in schools.
SNAP Change Would Affect Free School Meals
The proposed changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eventually would affect free school meal programs by limiting who could be considered under the Community Eligibility Provision. A coalition of 70 mayors recently sent a letter to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service saying the proposal would harm the health of children, in part, by removing their access to free school meals.
Education Dive (8/29)
States Seek To Prevent Changes To Meal Standards
A coalition of states is suing the federal government over its decision to roll back a federal law that requires certain nutrition standards for school meals. This week, however, the government argued in court that the states, including New York, had no standing to sue over concerns that the move could harm students' health and lead to more costly treatment.
Trade Mitigation Means Free Food For Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland this fall is expecting $70,000 in free foods, including kidney beans, oranges and apples, as part of a trade mitigation program linked to the Trump administration's trade disputes with other countries. How to use the extra food can be a challenge for some schools that plan meals in advance, however, so schools have not taken full advantage of the $100 million in trade mitigation foods available this fall, the USDA said.
Equip Yourself for the New School Year with all New Webinar Wednesdays
As summer break is winding down, Webinar Wednesdays are revving up. We've been excited about these upcoming webinars all summer long! On August 28, hear how three districts listened to the outcry from parents and students requesting a greener cafeteria, and responded with new products that were more sustainable and less wasteful. Missed last week's event? Check out our on-demand page to access over 50 recorded webinars in all key areas.
Update: USDA Lawsuits
Since April, SNA has been closely watching the lawsuits filed against the USDA and its top officials pending in federal courts in New York and Maryland. Both lawsuits claim that the 2018 Final Rule on Sodium and Whole Grains requirements was issued by USDA in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. Learn More
SNA Has The 4-1-1 on Allergies
With schools now open for a new school year, an influx of new students can mean a need for an influx of food allergy education resources, too! Visit SNA's Food Allergy Resource Center to find answers to common questions. Learn More
Dollars & Cents
There’s real power in numbers. School nutrition directors know that certain numbers are the key to understanding and comparing different schools’ breakfast and lunch programs performances and guide future strategic and operational goals. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to know what Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) could really make a difference? Wouldn’t it be even greater if there was an easy way to train managers how to calculate them?
Well, now there is! SNA’s new Dollars & Cents of Financial Management video tutorial training series has been developed by the SNA Financial Management task force as a train-the-trainer series on five KPIs teachable to school nutrition managers from their directors.
SNA’s Financial Management task force, comprised of experienced directors, hand-picked these five KPIs to maximize daily cost efficiencies:
- Analyzing Participation Data (ADP)
- Meal Equivalent Conversions (MEQ)
- Meals Per Labor Hour (MPLH)
- Cost to Produce a Meal (CPM)
- Break-even Point Analysis (BEP)
You can take the modules yourself first, and later use the provided materials to make teaching staff a breeze. Each one-hour KPI module includes a:
- Trainer Guide
- Trainer PowerPoint
- Instructional Video
- Participant Workbook
- Case Study
- Excel Calculator
- Certificate of Completion
Take the first step in aligning your school nutrition programs to maximize efficiencies and experience the difference using numbers to make informed decisions can make. Head to SNA’s new Training Zone to purchase Dollars & Cents of Financial Management.
90% of Districts to Exceed School Meal Whole Grain Mandates
Whole grains will remain a staple on school lunch trays across the country this fall, according to SNA’s recent survey of school meal programs nationwide. The 2019 School Nutrition Trends Report, released earlier this week, also revealed that popular restaurant trends — from made-to-order entrees and ethnic cuisine to clean label options — are the norm in cafeterias as school nutrition professionals work to boost lunch participation. SNA’s press release summarizes key results, which include findings on unpaid student meal debt.
Start Promoting Your NSLW Playlist
With National School Lunch Week 2019 (NSLW) being eight weeks away—starting October 14—there is still time to reach parents and other stakeholders in the community. As we gear up for #NSLW19, create social buzz by developing your social media plan and promoting your #SchoolLunchPlaylist.
We’ve got you covered on marketing materials and resources to use in several ways in the community and on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Gain momentum beyond the cafeteria in the weeks leading up to #NSLW19 by doing the following:
- Share key information with parents.
Download and print copies or share the electronic version of the #NSLW19 Infographic which includes information about the school lunch program and healthy options available. You can also share an image of this on social media.
- Spread the word on social media.
- Change your social media profile image to the NSLW logo by downloading the artwork.
- The Social Media Tips Sheet includes tips on photo use for social sharing and dos and don’ts to help make your plan successful.
- Use the Facebook Cover Image on your school or district’s Facebook page.
- Post this fun Instagram Meme on your school or district’s Instagram account.
- Include fun pictures of you and your staff in your #SchoolLunchPlaylist gear on all your social media platforms.
- Use these hashtags to further promote NSLW 2019 and keep the conversation going.
#NSLW19, #SchoolLunchPlaylist, #SchoolLunch, #SchoolLunchRocks, #SchoolLunchHits
- Reach out to local officials.
Fill in your school or district’s information on the Official Proclamation document and request that the mayor or city council proclaim it is National School Lunch Week in your city or town. And, invite them to have lunch with the students!
- Coming Soon! School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist? Presentations
Watch for these pre-designed PowerPoint presentations that you can customize to help you promote NSLW19. You can find them on our NSLW Marketing & PR Resources page when they become available!
Don’t forget! The new SNA Emporium Catalog with hot new School Lunch Playlist merchandise is now available and ready to download. You can also shop online 24-7 to place your orders early before popular items sell out! Order online, fax in your order or call it in at 1-800-728-0728 between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm EST Monday – Friday.
Don’t miss out on the chance to make some noise about what’s on your #SchoolLunchPlaylist and start creating the buzz today!
What To Make of FDA's Romaine Testing Results
Lettuce buyers — and eaters — were probably relieved to see the agency announced this week that it didn't find any contamination issues in the Yuma-region romaine lettuce it tested last winter. But what do those results really tell us?
Repeated outbreaks: MA readers will recall there's been a steady drumbeat of large and even deadly foodborne illness outbreaks tied to fresh produce from the region. For those counting: There have been five suspected or confirmed multistate outbreaks tied to fresh produce from the Yuma area since 2012, the FDA said this week.
Limited scope: The agency collected and tested 118 lettuce samples for each targeted pathogen: Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC) and salmonella. The FDA found one positive for STEC, but later determined the bacteria wasn't pathogenic. The testing project pulled product from 26 cooler and cold storage facilities, the agency said.
Produce not letting up on the gas: The Produce Marketing Association said this week it's not taking the results as a sign that everything is A-OK.
"While these findings may provide positive evidence of the multiple food safety system enhancements the industry has implemented, the limited scope of the sampling should not be taken as any rationale for complacency in moving forward with on-going efforts to dig deeper," said Bob Whitaker, Chief Science and Technology Officer at PMA, in an email update after the FDA news.
Factors to consider: Whitaker said the industry needs to continue digging into the role of the changing environment, weather and other factors that might affect the risk of contamination.
Consumer advocacy caution: Consumer Reports also weighed in to note that the sample size was limited — and only for pathogenic E.coli and salmonella. "As a result, consumers shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of complacency," the group said.
What was left out of the testing project? Food Safety News reported this week that the FDA didn't include any processing plants in its sampling survey, which suggests product that was further processed (and potentially contaminated by processing equipment) was left out of the surveillance project.
Anne Arundel Schools Employee One of Five Awarded Nationally for Increasing Food Accessibility During National Farms Market Week
An Anne Arundel County public schools employee was one of five in the nation recognized for her work Monday, specifically creating a Farmers Market in Brooklyn Park and leading a program through the school system that uses that market and 57 other sites to offer free meals to children throughout the county.
No Kid Hungry Maryland presented Jodi Risse, the supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services, with a national Summer Meals Hero Award for her work with the Anne Arundel County Public Schools at the beginning of National Farmers Market Week.
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National School Lunch Week
October 14-18, 2019
National School Lunch Week will be here before you know it! How will your school showcase the many healthy and delicious options that make up your #SchoolLunchPlaylist? Luckily, SNA is your one-stop-shop for resources and materials to plan a hit #NSLW19 celebration!
Getting started is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1.Begin by downloading the 14-page NSLW 2019 Toolkit. It’s chock-full of resources and ideas to pump up the volume for your celebration including student and parent engagement ideas, creating social media buzz, reaching out to legislators, the media and more!
2.Download “Playlist” artwork and logos to add to your menus and other promotional tools. From hamburger headphones and pizza and salad turntables to colorful dancers and musicians, we’ve included lots of music-themed artwork for you to customize your Playlist promotions.
Download the new SNA Emporium Catalog or shop online 24-7 to check out the hot new Playlist merchandise—place your orders early before popular items sell out! Order online, fax in your order or call it in at 1-800-728-0728 between 8:00 am--6:00 pm EST Monday—Friday.
06.10.2019 Requirements for Student Transfers from Provision to Non-Provision Schools Now In Effect
In a policy memo published on June 10, 2019, FNS reminded state and local program operators that new requirements for student transfers from Provision to Non-Provision schools are effective July 1, 2019. Federal regulations require Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide free, reimbursable meals to students who receive free meals at a provision school and, during the school year, transfer to a school using standard counting and claiming procedures. Schools must provide these students with free, reimbursable meals for up to 10 operating school days or until a new eligibility determination for the current school year is made, whichever comes first. This is an existing requirement for transfers within the same LEA and is required for transfers between LEAs effective July 1, 2019.
06.27.2019 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
In a Federal Register notice published on June 27, 2019, USDA announced it is seeking comment on an information collection for the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study-II (SNMCS-II). The study will update previous data collected during SY 2014-2015 for the first School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS-I), and collect data from state agencies, school food authorities, local education authorities, schools, food service management companies, students, and parents/guardians. Comments must be received by July 29, 2019.
07.01.2019 Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
In a Federal Register notice published on July 1, 2019, FNS announced that the “ounce equivalents” requirement for crediting grains served in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that was scheduled to go into effect this year is being delayed until October 1, 2021. The delay will allow the agency more time to develop additional technical assistance and training materials to ease compliance for meal planners. Comments must be received by July 31, 2019.
07.23.2019 Farm Bill Implementation Memo: Donated Traditional Foods and Civil Liability
In a policy memo published on July 23, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) notified all child nutrition program operators of a provision that was part of the 2018 Farm Bill’s expansion that states certain groups are not liable in civil cases regarding the donation and service of traditional foods. This provision applies to foodservice programs in public and nonprofit facilities. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memo to all program operators. Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. Contact the appropriate FNS regional office for any further information.
07.24.2019 Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Information Collection for the National School Lunch Program
In a Federal Register notice published on July 24, 2019, FNS announced an agency information collection regarding participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This notice invites the general public, professionals and other agencies to comment on this proposed collection, which aims to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information being collected. This notice is an amendment of a presently approved collection which FNS uses to determine participation in the National School Lunch Program. FNS must receive all written comments on or before September 23, 2019.
07.26.2019 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
In a Federal Register notice published on July 26, 2019, FNS announced the extension of a previously approved record collection for fast track clearance of the collection of routine, qualitative, customer and stakeholder feedback. The feedback is intended to provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations and provide early warning of issues with service. Comments regarding this information collection are due by August 26, 2019.
07.30.2019 Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Food Programs Reporting System
In a Federal Register notice published on July 30, 2019, FNS invites the general public and related agencies to comment on a proposed information collection for the Food Program Reporting System (FPRS). The FPRS is an electronic reporting system that gives States and agencies a portal for the various reporting required for child nutrition programs. This collection requests information for the electronic submission of programmatic and financial data through the FPRS. Written and electronic comments must be submitted by September 30, 2019.
Final Public Charge Rule Published
On August 14, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” This change to U.S. immigration policies will make it much more difficult to apply for a green card or earn a visa for applicants who are deemed likely to depend on government aid such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance and Medicaid. The new policy is set to go into effect in mid-October.
Under the new rule, benefits provided under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Seamless Summer Option, Afterschool Meal Supplement, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program “would not be considered public benefits under the public charge inadmissibility determination.”
However, in SNA’s comments in response to the proposed rule, the Association expressed concern that the change “will result in children going hungry during the school day, even though they are legally authorized and eligible to receive free or reduced priced school meals…If SNAP benefits are considered in public charge determinations, many immigrant families, afraid to risk their immigration status, will drop out of SNAP, effectively compromising their students’ meal status. Fear and confusion surrounding this complex rule change will deter these families from submitting free or reduced price school meal applications.”
Call For 2020 SNA Election Nominations
The 2020 SNA election nominations process is open! SNA needs members with strong leadership skills, outstanding professional achievements, and a record of active participation in their state association and SNA to lead the association in the future. The following positions are now open, so hurry and get your name in or nominate a SNA colleague!
Board of Directors:
- Vice President
- Mideast Regional Director
- Midwest Regional Director
- Southwest Regional Director
- At Large Director
Leadership Development Committee:
- Mideast Region Representative
- Midwest Region Representative
- Southeast Region Representative
- West Region Representative
Please consider the leadership talent you see and work with in your state, your region, or at the national level, and submit a nomination for one or more of the open positions or submit your own name for nomination! The Call for Nominations and Recommendation forms are on the SNA website at www.schoolnutrition.org/LeadershipOpp. Which is also where you’ll find everything you need to know if you are considering a national leadership opportunity.
Nominations are due Monday, September 30, 2019.
The Leadership Development Committee, chaired by SNA Past President Lynn Harvey, will meet at Committee Days in October to select the candidate slate for the 2020 election. The selected candidate will be announced following Committee Days.
The election is February 15-29, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Harvey via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 807-3506 or Rhea Steele, SNA Staff Liaison, Leadership Development Committee via email at email@example.com or by phone at (800) 877-8822, ext. 117.
SNA Action Network Wants You to Share Your Story
SNA is very concerned about any rule changes that could potentially impact children’s access to healthy school meals, which are proven to support academic success, obesity prevention, and overall student health. On July 24, 2019, USDA published a Proposed Rule that would limit the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits that convey eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and in turn impact direct certification eligibility for free school meals. This proposed revision would end SNAP enrollment for an estimated 1.7 million households, and as a result, would end direct certification for free school meals for any students living in these households.
Direct certification is an essential tool for ensuring that low-income children receive free breakfast and lunch while reducing the administrative burden on schools. Because of the nature of TANF implementation, the impact of this revision could vary widely between states.
SNA wants to know, how might this Proposed Rule impact your program’s direct certification, participation, and/or revenue? Click here.
Information Collection on Participation in the NSLP
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an agency information collection regarding participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Learn More
Team Nutrition Creates OVS Tip Sheets and Posters for Lunch and Breakfast
Team Nutrition announces new Offer versus Serve (OVS) resources that are designed to help reduce food waste in schools and summer meal programs. Learn More
USDA Provides Specifics on Second Trade Aid Package
On July 25th, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced additional details of the $16 billion trade aid package. $1.4 billion will be used to implement the USDA's Food Purchase and Distribution Program. Read More
On July 25th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced additional details of the $16 billion trade aid package. $1.4 billion will be used to implement the USDA’s Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP). Through the Agricultural Marketing Service, the FPDP will purchase surplus commodities such as fruits, vegetables, meats and milk for distribution to food banks, schools and other outlets serving low-income individuals.
Read more in USDA’s press release.
MD Agriculture Teachers Earn Recognition
Two teachers from a Maryland high school recently were honored for the agriculture program that they oversee. Participating students learn the basics about horticulture and animal science in the classroom and also practice their skills through work-based experiences.
WDVM-TV (Hagerstown, Md.) (7/22)
MD Program To Address Summertime Food Insecurity
Food insecurity among low-income families grows in the summertime when children lose access to school meals, and a new program in Maryland dubbed Summer SNAP for Children will aim to address the shortfall, write physicians Richard Bruno and Nithin Paul. Starting next summer, they write, the program will offer families who receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits an additional $30 in the summer months and $10 over the Christmas break.
The Baltimore Sun (7/8)
MD Congressman Goes On "Summer Meals Tour"
Congressman David Trone is conducting a summer meals tour in his Maryland district to see various meal initiatives in action. During one stop, he said he would like to establish a program inspired by Meals on Wheels to reach students in rural areas.
The Frederick News-Post (Md.) (7/9)
The Countdown to National School Lunch Week!
National School Lunch Week (NSLW) 2019 kicks off on October 14. Look to SNA for helpful resources to promote your program. Also, don't forget to shop the SNA Emporium for official "What's on Your Playlist?" merchandise, including apparel, posters, decorations, and more! Visit Emporium
SNA Comments on Opportunities for Regulatory Reform
On Friday, July 12, SNA submitted comments on the Federal Register Notice, Identifying Regulatory Reform Initiatives. Throughout the process of identifying recommended regulatory reform initiatives for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), SNA has reached out to all 58,000 members through surveys and working groups. In addition to previous recommendations, SNA provided additional areas it believes should be considered with this initiative, including Administrative Reviews, area eligibility using Census data, and Summer Food Service Program management. SNA also suggested that USDA look to the Child Nutrition Reporting Burden Analysis Study published June 2, 2019, for areas in need of program simplification. Read the full comments.
USDA Announces Record-Breaking Funding for 2019 Farm to School Grants
Last week, USDA announced over $9 million in Farm to School Grants, marking the largest year for the grants by funding and number of projects. Learn More
USDA To Release Rule To Crack Down On SNAP Eligibility
The Trump administration will announce today it's seeking to rein in broad-based categorical eligibility in SNAP — a significant change to the program that would affect millions of recipients.
Wonky change, big impact: Broad-based cat-el, as it's known, is little understood but widely used to provide benefits to a broader array of low-income households than are traditionally eligible for SNAP. The policy allows states to confer SNAP eligibility to households if they're receiving a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit of some kind. The option allows states to get around the typical asset limits, which helps make more low-income households eligible.
By the numbers: Curbing broad-based cat-el under the proposed rule would lead to about 3.1 million individuals dropping from the program, USDA officials told reporters in a briefing Monday. That crackdown on benefits would save $2.5 billion per year, or $25 billion over the next decade, officials said.
Details to come: The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register shortly. Officials said USDA will take comments for 60 days, a clock that will start Wednesday.
Making the case: The department's goal is to reduce dependency on federal aid and ultimately make SNAP policy "clearer and more consistent" across states, said Brandon Lipps, administrator of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and acting deputy undersecretary of food, nutrition and consumer Services.
USDA officials pointed to the example of a Minnesota millionaire who was able to qualify for SNAP under broad-based cat-el. "It's not good for the intent of this program," Lipps said. "It's not good for the American support for this program."
USDA Deputy Secretary Censky Speaks at SNA’s ANC