Legislation & Policy



Waiver Extension!

USDA is extending four nationwide waivers through September 30th, 2020.

Since COVID-19 school closures, SNA has advocated on members' behalf, urging USDA to extend waivers to preserve the sustainability of school meal programs. In addition to calling on USDA for regulatory flexibility, SNA has also urged Congress to provide much needed funding. You can get involved by visiting SNA’s Action Network (schoolnutrition.org/takeaction) to write to your legislators today!



TASN update from Public Policy and Legislation Chair, Teresa Lane



Two key school nutrition bills have been introduced, and we need your help to raise awareness and support! Safe and consistent student access to school meals this fall continues to be threatened by unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a few minutes to write your legislators urging them to support these bills.

The Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act, introduced by House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), would guarantee every child has safe access to healthy school meals during SY 2020-21. With a multitude of families newly-eligible for free and reduced-price meals, offering meals to all students at no charge spares overburdened schools the massive task of distributing and processing meal applications and reduces the stigma for children who depend on free meals.

H.R. 7764, The Child Nutrition Relief Act of 2020, introduced by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) would allow USDA to extend all COVID-19 school feeding waivers through June 30, 2021. Extending these waivers will allow school meal programs to seamlessly continue grab-and-go meal pick up for distance learners, serve meals to students in the classroom or adjust meal service in the event of a sudden COVID-19 school closure.

https://cqrcengage.com/schoolnutrition/app/write-a-letter?3&engagementId=508864&lp=0
https://cqrcengage.com/schoolnutrition/app/write-a-letter?3&engagementId=508800&lp=0

Local Policy Updates:



Hello TASN members and School Lunch Heroes.

As we are prepare to start a new school year, please use the letter below to inform your local and federal legislative representatives about the waivers we are requesting. Please see the letter and a printable PDF below.

https://www.tasn.net/public_resources/TASN-Letter-to-TDA.pdf

Update on School Meal Flexibilities


USDA Extends Comment Period on Proposed School and Summer Meal Reforms

How can proposed SNAP changes affect the students in your district is something to think about.
Northeast ISD school leaders expressed concerns for proposed SNAP changes below.

https://www.ksat.com/news/news-at-9/local-school-leaders-concerned-with-proposed-snap-changes?fbclid=IwAR2ustsgEXc5Ujn2s0KMC5hya1YXszzenVqr4dbJaw2eb_BtEp26zz1TAjc



Advocacy Tools and Helpful Links :



For Public Policy and Legislation Action Alerts:
http://cqrcengage.com/schoolnutrition/app/register?1&m=246543

Find Your Representative:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative




Resources-FNS Response to Covid-19


https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19
https://www.covid19txfoodresources.org/usda-tda-updates
https://squaremeals.org/FandNResources/CoronavirusUpdateforContractingEntities.aspx
https://squaremeals.org/FandNResources/CoronavirusUpdateforContractingEntities/NSLPResources.aspx
https://schoolnutrition.org/covid19/
https://edlabor.house.gov/imo/media/doc/Pandemic%20Child%20Hunger%20Prevention%20Act.pdf