By Cathy Schuchart, SNA Staff Vice President of Government Affairs and Media Relations 2017-11-02 03:09:27
Have Faith: Believe in the Power of One “HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT CAN I TRULY MAKE ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES? Is my one voice really going to make a difference?” At SNA’s Fall Committee Days meeting last month, I learned that this question continues to be asked by Association members at all levels from all parts of the country. It’s understandable, given the fact that news reports from our nation’s capital are continually focused on the frustrations and gridlock of government. But I can assure you that committed individuals at the local level absolutely have the power to make a difference. One person, one step at a time—it may be slow, but it adds up! In this column in the June/July issue, I shared some of the success we’ve seen toward the priorities set forth in the 2017 Position Paper. Those achievements start with you—literally. Each year, SNA asks its members to complete a survey to identify the top legislative and regulatory concerns we can and should try to address. The survey request for the 2018 Position Paper is expected to be active when this magazine arrives in mailboxes. Join your voice with fellow members to tell the Public Policy & Legislation Committee where you think we should focus our efforts. Visit SchoolNutrition.org and read Tuesday Morning for more news about how to participate. SNA also needs your help reaching out to individual legislators. For some time, we have requested commodity support for the School Breakfast Program. Each year, our education and persistence pays off and we get a little closer to the goal. This year, there is a House bill, H.R. 3738, that gives us exactly what we’ve requested—thanks to you. Lawmakers need to hear about it from you at the local level. Your calls, letters, emails and legislator visits make a difference. Your stories illustrate how their support will help you improve school breakfast, expand service and provide for the youth in your community—which is also their community. We need your action right now. As this issue went to press, 13 representatives had signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 3738. But if this legislation stands any chance of moving forward or getting rolled into the Farm Bill, it needs more co-sponsors. The box on the left describes how your one voice can make a difference in this and other efforts. Thank you for your ongoing support! Successful Advocacy Starts With YOU! 3 STEPS 1) GET CONNECTED. Sign up on SNA’s online “Take Action” page (www.schoolnutrition.org/takeaction) to receive Action Alert emails that notify you of official times to contact your lawmakers. The SNA Action Network features a “Look Up Your Legislators” tool. Simply enter your zip code to find links to the contact information of your Senators and Representative. 2) TAKE ACTION. Respond to the current Action Alert to reach out to your representative about H.R. 3738 “The Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act of 2017.“ This bipartisan bill was introduced in September by Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.). If passed, the bill would provide an additional 6 cents in commodity support for every breakfast served. But it needs more co-sponsors to move forward. Contact your representative, explain why school breakfast is so valuable to students and ask him or her to join their colleagues in supporting this bill. 3) TAKE A PICTURE. If you are an SNA member, you can enter to win one free trip for you and a guest to SNA’s 2018 Legislative Action Conference (LAC) when you respond to the Action Alert on H.R. 3738 and send a colorful picture of your healthy school breakfast options or of students enjoying the benefits of a school breakfast. Pictures should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Respond to the Alert and send your picture by November 27, 2017. For more details and rules, visit http://tinyurl.com/LAC18Sweepstakes-SNMag.
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