Legislation

Welcome to SNA SD's Legislative Page. 

Here you will find Legislative and State Policy information that affects South Dakota's children. We will also provide links to relevant Legislative pages to help you stay informed.

New Resources for Unpaid Meal Charges Released by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new resources to help tackle unpaid meal charges, including updated fact sheets and communication strategies and payment methods that can help support students and parents. They’ve also uploaded documents that can be adapted for your program, including a Charge Policy Training Presentationtalking points and an excess balance letter and donation form. You can find all of USDA’s Unpaid Meal Charge resources and information on the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) website.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Speaks at LAC 2019

On Monday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed school nutrition professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. for SNA’s 47th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). Sec. Perdue spoke during LAC’s Closing General Session, as approximately 900 school nutrition professionals from across the country prepared to urge Congress to minimize regulatory burdens and bolster school meal programs for the nearly 30 million students served each day.

SNA Policy Priorities Included in 2019 Appropriations Bill

The 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill signed into law this month included two SNA policy priorities. The law provides $20,000,000 in commodity support for the School Breakfast Program and $30,000,000 for school nutrition equipment grants. Increasing commodity support for school breakfast remains a key SNA priority this year and was included in the 2019 Position Paper .

FNS Issues Memo Supporting Administrative Review Cycle Flexibility

On Friday, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a memo to provide guidance to State agencies who have determined that the 3-year review cycle hinders effective allocation of State agency resources and negatively impacts program management. FNS will allow State agencies to request waivers of the 3-year review requirement and extend the review cycle.

The memo also noted that FNS “strongly encourages” State agencies to coordinate internally when they administer multiple programs to identify opportunities to streamline the review and participation requirements for Child Nutrition Programs. Specifically, FNS encourages states to allow SFAs to align CNP administrative activities and perform different monitoring activities concurrently, such as administering procurement reviews and administrative reviews on the same cycle.

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Proposals to block grant funding for school meal programs would put students at risk. Utilize the following resources as you advocate to protect our children and preserve school meals:

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Unpaid Meals

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SNA of South Dakota continues to create a Best Practices sheet to help your community and district. Communities are all unique and one-size-fits-all approach could be detrimental. While SNASD works on SD Best Practices, SNA National has put out talking points found here. 

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