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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Updates for 08/21/20

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

The 3-year WA State plan has been submitted by DSHS to FNS for final review and approval!   We usually hear back from FNS right about September 30, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get word about approval status.  The budget and plan must be approved by FNS and written into our contracts before budgets are considered approved.  However, WSU guarantees that any SNAP-Ed work completed between October 1, 2020 and the date that contracts are completed, will be reimbursed.

And now, settle in, for an obnoxious amount of updates!


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

  • August 27: Send Jen & Acacia your requests/ideas for FFY21 Friday Forum topics
  • September 30: PEARS data entry, including Q4 COVID-19 PEARS reporting DUE (moved up from October 6 due date, due to deadline for getting information to Evaluation Team)
  • September 25: Q4 COVID-19 Survey DUE to IA *Additional information coming soon*
  • October 1: FFY2021 SNAP-Ed fiscal year start!
  • October 30: All FFY2019 Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
  • October 30: Final FFY2019 invoices DUE to Sponsored Program Services


*NEW* August is National Breastfeeding Month

New State Breastfeeding Reports Available

New state reports on infant feeding care practices and policies among hospitals were published in July 2020. State reports summarize the strength of breastfeeding support in hospitals and other areas that could be improved. These reports identify opportunities for states to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers and infants.  Download State Reports


Report Reviews Legal and Policy Approaches to Breastfeeding

A new report reviews legal and policy approaches to breastfeeding including statutes, regulations, and policies. The Healthy People 2020 report reviews the effect of health care delivery, insurance coverage, paid parental leave, workplace and child care policies, and legal protections for breastfeeding in public spaces. It also considers integrating breastfeeding policies into existing public health and assistance programs. Read the Report


Policy, Systems and Environmental Change: Breastfeeding Promotion in the API Community- A Nation-Wide Perspective – September 1, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT
In this hour-long webinar, the current state of breastfeeding in the API community will be explored. Barriers to breastfeeding in the API community will be discussed along with resources available. Register now.


*NEW* Racism and Equity

Second Annual Nutrition and Health Equity Summit-August 25, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PDT
Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust for a conversation on the important role of nutrition in promoting health equity and reducing health disparities. This complimentary event will discuss: Health Disparities and COVID-19: America’s Report Card; Structural Racism and Systematic Inequities: Implications for Diet and Health; and Nutrition, Disparities and Chronic Disease: Finding Solutions After the Pandemic. Register here.


*NEW* Collaboration with Representation Resources

     Virtual Youth Town Hall: August 26 at 11am


Schools and districts across the country are taking a wide range of approaches to the return to school—from starting the year virtually to beginning entirely in person. Regardless of the form that the return to school takes, the perspectives and experiences of young people can inform school, district, and community leaders’ approach to the return to school and decisions throughout this year and beyond.

In this youth town hall hosted by America’s Promise Alliance and The 74, middle and high school students from around the country will discuss considerations for reopening, whether or not they feel safe, ways that schools can provide meaningful learning in this context, and how schools can engage youth in decision-making as we begin the new school year. Youth panelists will also share their insights and advice for school leaders on how schools should provide opportunities to talk and learn about race and racism.

Join us on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 PM ET for this important and timely discussion.

If you are a school leader, educator, or other youth-supporting adult, please use this link to register.




We also encourage you to share the below invitation with middle and high school students in your networks, and please note that young people should register using this link. Spread the word using the information below!


Would you like to share your perspective about the return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic? As schools think about reopening, do you have advice on how issues of race and racism should be discussed once school is back in session?

America’s Promise Alliance and The 74 invite you to participate in a youth town hall on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 PM ET to share your thoughts about the logistics of school reopening, as well as how school leaders can engage young people in decision-making once school is back in session. Additionally, given the growing national conversations about racial justice, you will also be invited to share insights and advice for school leaders on how schools should provide opportunities to talk and learn about race and racism.

Regardless of whether your school is returning in-person, virtually, or a combination, this is an important opportunity to share your insight to inform school, district, and community leaders’ decisions this year and beyond.   If you are a middle or high school student and would like to participate in the townhall, please use this link to register.


*NEW* COVID-19 Updates

Deadline for applying for P-EBT benefits is extended to September 11!
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a new emergency program for ALL children, in grades K-12 in Washington, who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect immigration status. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19. See more information in English or Español.

  • Visit org to start the online application. When you are on the Your Needs page, select Pandemic EBT (Emergency School Meals Program). A separate application will be needed to apply for additional programs.
  • DSHS will confirm your child’s free or reduced-price meals status with the school. No interview is required. Applications will be processed within 30 working days.
  • If the application is approved and you have an EBT card that you have used in the last 60 days, benefits will be added to that card. Otherwise, a new EBT card will be mailed to you. If you are not approved, you will receive a letter from DSHS.
  • If you are unable to complete the application online, call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.


*NEW* Evaluation Team Updates

FFY21 Q1 Survey Orders:

The evaluation team does not plan to print paper evaluation materials for Q1 at this time due to the high likelihood that most direct education will continue happen virtually in Q1 of 2021. The evaluation team continues to work on the development of online direct education surveys.


*NEW* Curriculum Training and Website Team Updates

What PSE topics would you like to learn more about in FFY21?  The CTW team is taking suggestions for Friday Forum topics for next year.

  • ACTION ITEM: If you have requests/ideas for topics, please email those to Jen & Acacia by August 27!


Statewide Trainings Go Virtual:  A decision has been made to move our fall statewide WA SNAP-Ed trainings to a virtual platform.  Dates for the fall training are:

  • November 18-19, 2020: Curriculum Training:  Day One will focus on delivery of direct education during COVID-19.  Day Two will focus on new Food Smarts Food Waste Lessons.

Details for the virtual training will be posted closer to the date. We wanted to get the dates out to everyone so you can hold them on your calendar.


WA SNAP-Ed virtual Education for FFY21:  COVID-19 has forced direct education to virtual platforms, at least for the start of FFY21.  We want to remind everyone that information and descriptions of what direct education will look like can be found on the provider website here.  As we all continue to adapt to the pandemic, we will all learn together.  If anyone has questions about direct education for FFY21, please review the information on the website and contact your IA or CTW Team with questions.


New! Toolkit for Trauma-Informed Messaging:  Staff at Leah’s Pantry, in collaboration with SNAP eligible adults and older youth, have developed a toolkit for creating messages that resonate with the people we serve.  They outline the process used in the development of the toolkit and highlight lessons learned.  There are sample templates for social media posts both youth and adults. In addition, there are suggestions for recruitment that are aligned with trauma-informed practices.  The toolkit can be viewed here: Trauma-Informed Nutrition Messaging Toolkit. Please remember that WA SNAP-Ed has guidelines for the use of social media in our program.  They can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions for Virtual Education:  It is no surprise that we are getting questions from LIAs about “what’s up” with direct education as we all continue to deal with the pandemic.  SNAP-Ed programming as we know it has changed and it does not look like we will return to “normal” any time soon.  Your CTW team has a list of frequently asked questions and we have done our best to answer them below.  Please keep asking questions and offering input!

  • Attached: Virtual Education FAQs


*NEW* Civil Eats Article: Just What the Doctor Ordered: Produce Prescriptions are More Important – and Popular – Than Ever.

Nationwide, programs providing chronically ill people free and discounted produce are seeing a surge of demand during the pandemic.  Read more here.


Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen