State Legislation and Policy Reports Every school nutrition program is different because despite the baseline of federal requirements, each must navigate the state and local policies as well. By providing timely information on current legislation, as well as looking at future trends, SNA gives its membership the tools necessary to advocate for improved policies and regulation. SNA also regularly provides summary reports on current policies across the United States including mandates for participation in school meal programs, if a state provides an additional funding and the form it takes, and if a state implements additional nutritional standards outside those set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Legislation ReportsAt the start of each year, SNA releases a State Legislative Preview Report that looks at what topics and issues will likely see political action over the coming months. The most recent report can be found here. After the majority of state legislative sessions conclude each June, SNA provides a six month legislative summary that looks back at the key topics that were prevalent across the country. This report not only informs SNA members of bills that were signed into law, but also a summary of all bills introduced throughout the United States. 2014 State Legislative Report (January-June 2014) 2013 State Legislative Report (January-June 2013) Meal Mandates/Reimbursement RatesSNA provides a report that is a comprehensive summary of each State’s mandates and financial support with an additional chart for brief reference. Many states provide additional reimbursement on top of the matching requirement, which can range from per meal reimbursements, to salary support, to general funds to assist with program operations. It is up to each state if participation in these programs is optional or mandated.The 2014-2015 School Meal Mandates and Reimbursements Across the U.S can be found here.The report for 2013-2014 can be found here.Smart Snacks/Competitive Foods PoliciesBeginning July 1, 2014, the Interim Final Rule on All Foods Sold in Schools, aka “Smart Snacks”, became the policy for all states. This rule governs the sale of all foods sold outside the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and is often caused “competitive foods”. These include food and beverage sold as a la carte items, in vending machines, in school stores, and other mechanisms that involve the exchange of money for a food item. The Interim Final Rule does allow each state to set a separate policy that can allow for the infrequent school-sponsored fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. If a state does not set a policy, it defaults to zero exemptions which means that all fundraisers during the school day must meet the Smart Snacks Standards. SNA prepared a report on the states’ policies including the number of exemptions and policies governing the length and time of each fundraiser. Smart Snacks Fundraising Exemption As Smart Snacks is implemented in School Year 2014-2015, it is important to remember that many states have had nutrition standards for competitive foods for many years. To read SNA’s previous report on this important issue, please click below. For the 2013-14 report, click here.