June 12, 2018

Federal Policy

FNS Details Child Nutrition Program Flexibilities for the Upcoming School Year
In a memo published on June 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) summarized the flexibilities provided to Child Nutrition Program (CNP) operators in School Year (SY) 2018-2019 for milk, whole grains, and sodium requirements.

USDA Distributes $30 million in Equipment Grants
In a memo published on May 25, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced the distribution of $30 million in funding, as allocated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, to State agencies to competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Senate Farm Bill Released, Mark Up Scheduled for This Week
The Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), released the 2018 Senate Farm Bill and announced that a markup has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th.

Trump Administration’s Proposed Re-Organization Would Move Nutrition Programs to HHS
Last Wednesday White House officials revealed that the administration will release a plan to reorganize the federal government that includes moving the functions of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

State Snapshots

California Universal Breakfast Bill Passes Senate Committee
AB 3043 passed the California Senate Education Committee on June 6th and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The bill would authorize the governing board of a school district to authorize expenditures from the cafeteria fund or cafeteria account to provide for universal breakfast.

New Jersey School Nutrition Program Promotion Bill
AB 4062 requires the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Department of Education, to develop promotional materials highlighting the benefits of school nutrition programs for distribution to parents through schools.

Pennsylvania Sharing Table Bill and Resolution for Flexibility
HR 963 urges the U.S. Congress to revisit the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to allow students and schools greater flexibility in milk and food choices. HB 2471 requires that the State Board of Education enact regulations provide guidance for implementing a Shared Table Initiative in schools.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA's Upcoming Webinars
Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

USDA Foods in School Webinar
USDA is providing guidance on the recent USDA Foods Processing Final Rule.


Indiana SNA members advocating for school nutrition with Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

Tuesday Takeaway

Read the recent USDA memo for details on SY2018-19 school nutrition program flexibilities.

SNA Calendar

July 9-12, 2018
Annual National Conference

October 31-November 1, 2018
Industry Boot Camp

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Cafeteria Chat Corner

Continental Congress Approves the U.S. National Flag, June 14, 1777

“Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.” - June 14, 1777, page 466, Journals of the Continental Congress

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