January 9, 2018

Federal Policy

Register Now for LAC 2018!
Today is a great day to register for SNA’s 2018 LAC, which is being held March 4-6 at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington, D.C. The information- and advocacy-packed conference will get you excited to “Charge the Hill” and talk to your representatives about the importance of child nutrition programs!

Farm to School Resources and Economic Impacts
Thinking of starting a farm to school program at your school? A report from the National Farm to School Network highlights one great reason why this is a good idea: farm to school fuels economic growth and job creation in your community!

USDA FNS Looks Back at 2017 Natural Disasters
Natural disasters have a drastic effect on the food needs of millions of Americans and USDA’s food and nutrition programs (including school meals) are there to fill the gap. Learn more about the food aid provided through these programs in 2017 in a blog post by Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps.

State Snapshots

New York’s Plan to Combat Student Hunger
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the 2018 State of the State Proposals revealing student hunger as a priority issue for New York in 2018.

Mississippi Procurement Bill and Small District Equipment Grant
HB 159 amends current procurement law to require advertisements for competitive bids to be posted on the procurement portal website. HB 214 creates the Small School District Equipment, Maintenance and Infrastructure Grant Fund.

Indiana Bills to Reduce Stigma and Lunch Shaming
HCR 3 urges the legislative council to assign the topic of reducing overt identification of free and reduced-price lunch students through alternate charge and meal policies. SB 314 requires any student who requests a meal to be provided a reimbursable meal regardless of their ability to pay or status of their unpaid meal charges.

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.

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.

USDA Direct Certification Improvement Grants
USDA FNS announced its release of the fiscal year 2018 Direct Certification Improvement Grant Request for Applications (RFA).

Renowned political strategists and soothsayers, Peter Hart and Frank Luntz, will make an appearance at SNA’s 46th LAC!

Tuesday Takeaway

Early bird registration for SNA’s 2018 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) has been extended to January 19!

SNA Calendar

January 21-23, 2018
School Nutrition Industry Conference

February 6-March 16, 2018
SNA Virtual Expo 2017

March 4-6, 2018
Legislative Action Conference

March 5, 2018
SNF's Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes

March 5-9, 2018
National School Breakfast Week

May 9-10, 2018
Spring Industry Boot Camp

[More Meetings and Events]

Support SNA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to ensure our voices are heard on Capitol Hill. Text PAC to 243725 to donate!

Cafeteria Chat Corner

Countdown to SNA’s LAC: 54 Days!
During the First General Session at LAC 2018, Dr. Keith Ayoob will be discussing the link between school breakfast and academic performance. School nutrition professionals are well-aware of the importance of breakfast for children; however, this session will allow you to gather the evidence supporting this notion and allow for you to effectively advocate for change!

[Read this week's full Cafeteria Chat Corner]

Tuesday Morning is a weekly Web-based policy and awareness newsletter of the School Nutrition Association. The newsletter provides members with up-to-date federal legislative news as well as a sampling of child nutrition program media coverage. Additionally, state legislative activity is listed.

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