February 6, 2018

Federal Policy

SNA of SC Past President Joins Roundtable Discussion with Secretary Perdue
Todd A. Bedenbaugh, Past President of SNA of South Carolina, had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue at City Roots Farm in Columbia, S.C.

SNA Introduces Block Grant Calculator
School meal block grants are the biggest threat to school nutrition programs today, but what does this mean for your schools and your students? SNA has put together a Block Grant Calculator, which allows you to see a best-case-scenario estimate of funding cuts to your schools.

Unpaid Meal Charge Talking Points
National news stories and recently introduced state legislative proposals have brought renewed attention to “school lunch shaming” and unpaid meal charge policies. SNA has updated unpaid meal charge talking points to assist members with responding to questions about meal charge policies.

SNA Receives Comment Back from USDA on Data Collection
In January, SNA submitted a comment in response to the Federal Register Notice of November 2, 2017, regarding a collection of contact information for those participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). On January 31, 2018, SNA received a response from USDA FNS.

State Snapshots

Maryland Cares for Kids Act
HB315 eliminates the reduced-price category and requires the State to be responsible for the eligible student’s share of the costs of breakfast and lunches.

West Virginia Legislates Eight-Hour Work Day
HB 4224, introduced January 19, 2018, defines employment terms and requirements for school service personnel.

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.

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

SC Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh E. Weathers, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Mr. Sonny Perdue and Todd A. Bedenbaugh, SNA of SC

Tuesday Takeaway

Make sure to check out SNA’s new unpaid meal charges talking points

SNA Calendar

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: 26 Days!
LAC’s Closing General Session, titled Presentation of the SNA 2018 Position Paper and Charge to the Hill!, will help prepare members for the signature event in which members “Charge the Hill.”

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