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2020 Winter Conference
January 16-17, 2020
Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

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Lawsuit Update

In April 2018, Illinois joined five other states and the District of Columbia in filing lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the 2018 Final Rule on flexibilities for whole grains, sodium and milk.

In a recent court filing, the federal government argued that states could not sue to block recent changes to the federally funded National School Lunch Program. Click here for more information.

On September 5, SNA filed an amicus brief. Visit this link for a summary and click here for the complete amicus brief. SNA will continue to monitor progress on the lawsuits and keep members updated on developments. In the meantime, the Final Rule's flexible sodium and whole grains guidance remains in effect.


SB2428 Hunger Free Students Bill of Rights Act

SB2428 was signed into law on August 26th thereby creating the Hunger Free Student Bill of Rights. The act takes effect immediately. Public and private schools participating in U.S. Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs are affected by the new law. Affected schools need to update their policies immediately to reflect the changes.

To read the full text of the act, click here.

Breakfast After the Bell Program

Breakfast After the Bell Program

Per PA 99-0850, starting SY2017-18, every public school in which at least 70 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in October of the preceding year must operate a Breakfast after the Bell Program. Breakfast after the bell means breakfast is provided to children after the instructional day has officially begun and does not prohibit schools from also providing breakfast before instructional day begins. Schools may choose whatever delivery model that best suits the students.

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