On Nov. 29, USDA released an interim final rule to extend current regulatory flexibility for school meal programs through School Year (SY) 2018-19. The...
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has released its 2017 Position Paper, which urges Congress to protect and strengthen school meal programs.
The paper takes a firm stand in opposition to any effort to block grant school meal programs and calls for greater support to preserve the financial stability of school meal programs. SNA requests an expansion of USDA Foods for the School Breakfast Program and practical flexibility under federal nutrition standards for school meals. To ease menu planning challenges and appeal to diverse student tastes, SNA asks Congress and USDA to maintain Target 1 sodium levels and restore the initial requirement that at least half of grains offered through school meals be whole grain rich. SNA also calls for an independent study of the federal child nutrition programs to reduce regulatory and administrative complexities.
The 2017 Position Paper will be the focus of SNA’s 45th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), which runs from April 2-4, 2017 in Washington, D.C. SNA members are encouraged to visit the LAC Resources page for 2017 Position Paper talking points and other tools to help advocate on behalf of school meal programs.
On Tuesday, March 21, at 2:00 pm EDT, SNA will host a webinar to discuss the 2017 Position Paper, including a detailed Q&A on the components of the paper so SNA members are well-equipped to explain the Association’s priority goals during LAC’s “Charge to the Hill.” Click here to register.
MSNA held their Legislative Conference on Tuesday, February 28th. The attendees met with legislators to discuss the school lunch programs and to share the new School Meal Infographics created by the Public Policy Committee. In the 2017 MSNA Legislative Issue Paper the top priority of MSNA members is an increase in school lunch aid. Increased state funding will help offset some of the increased cost and help ensure that every child has access to a healthy school lunch at an affordable price.