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SNA Press Release: December 10, 2014, Congress released the full text of the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. SNA was pleased to see several of our key issues addressed in the language that will provide schools greater flexibility to plan healthy school meals that students will eat. Congress is expected to vote on the Omnibus bill this week and we ask you to urge your Congressional delegation to vote yes on the bill.
The key sections in the legislation and how they will impact SNA members are:
What the legislation does not include is the one year waiver for schools with a net loss for six months or more.
The accompanying report language, which acts as guidance for the legislation, directs the Secretary to use the authority under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to allow States to vary the frequency of monitoring and compliance reviews of each school food authority based on past school performance, with no cycle extending more than five years. The report language also urges USDA to work to ensure there are no “unintended consequences” when implementing Professional Standards.
We thank our members for all of their help in contacting their Members of Congress over the past year to explain the impact of the well-intended regulations. SNA will continue to advocate for all of our Members in the coming year as we turn our attention to the Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 effort. SNA Urges Support for School Meal Flexibility in Omnibus