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GSNA Legislative ALERT

We had a great group at the GSNA Legislative Advocacy Conference last week. We did advocacy training and talked in some detail about the GSNA position paper. GSNA members prepared for visits to the Capitol the next day by developing stories to support our two budget requests:

1.  GSNA requests that $2 million be restored to state funding for School Nutrition in FY 2019. The restoration of these state funds will help offset rising health insurance costs and support the primary goal of preserving quality local school nutrition programs in Georgia.

2.  Increase the funding for Public School Employee Retirement System (PSERS) from the current $15.00 to $15.25, to be included in the FY 2019 budget.

In preparation for talking about adding $2 million to state School Nutrition funds, GSNA members shared stories about the stress of rising food prices and huge increases in health care costs on local school nutrition budgets. There were wonderful accounts of how much school children love fresh foods from Georgia farmers (lettuce, strawberries, peaches) with the explanation that these items cost more. Restoring state School Nutrition funds would help local SN programs purchase more from Georgia farmers.

We’ve heard from legislators and they were moved by these stories and want to add funding for this and for a PSERS increase, but it is a tight budget year and there are many other compelling requests for funding.

Work on the FY 2019 is well underway and we have only a few days to reach out to House budget leaders to ask that they include these funds in the budget. Please look at the list below and if your State Representative is on it, contact him or her immediately with your stories.

Representative

Dist.

Counties

Contact

Robert Dickey

140

Bibb, Crawford

404-463-2246 (CAP)

Joyce Chandler

105

Gwinnett

404-656-0254 (CAP)

David Casas

(R—Lilburn)

107

Gwinnett

404-656-0254 (CAP)

Brooks Coleman

(R-Duluth)

97

Gwinnett

404-656-9210 (CAP)

Mike Glanton

(D-Jonesboro)

75

Clayton

404-657-1803 (CAP)

Jan Jones

(R-Milton)

47

Fulton

404-656-5072(CAP)

Eddie Lumsden

(R-Armuchee)

12

Chattooga, Floyd

404-656-0325 (CAP)

Howard Maxwell

(R-Dallas)

17

Paulding

404-656-5143 (CAP)

Randy Nix

(R- LaGrange)

69

Carroll, Heard, Troup

404-656-5146 (CAP)

Kevin Tanner

(R-Dawsonville)

9

Lumpkin,

Dawson

404-656-3947 (CAP)

Terry England

(R-Auburn)

116

Barrow

404-463-2245 (CAP)

CALL TODAY!! THANK YOU!!

If you have questions or for more information, contact Mary Frances Williams, GSNA Legislative Consultant, at m.f.williams@att.net or 404-395-3485.

Stop the Block! Oppose Child Nutrition Block Grant Proposals.

January’s School Nutrition magazine mentions that a 2018 Block Grant Campaign will be announced soon. Well, that time is now! I served on the SNA Block Grant Task Force, and here’s a quick summary of what we found.

Block grants would cut funds for school meal programs and abolish federal nutrition standards and meal eligibility mandates. Children in need could lose access to free or reduced price school meals under this proposal.

Tell Congress to say “No” to block grants! For 70 years, the Federal government has guaranteed that America's students have consistent access to the nutritious meals they need to succeed at school. Block grants will break that promise.

Here’s what you can do right now:

Whatever role we each play in nourishing students every day, we can all work on the front lines of taking action on their behalf. Join me in saying “No” to block grants.


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