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Community of Practice: Emergency Food Service - Shared screen with gallery view
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
23:38
Welcome! Please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box.What are you spring break plans? Or how did you enjoy your time off during spring break?
Colleen Robinson
24:07
Colleen Robinson-SDUSD
Laura Burns
24:12
Good morning! Laura Burns, Wellness Policy Specialist, Virginia department of education
Tammy White
24:22
Tammy White, San Jacinto Unified School District.
Brendan Shields
24:31
Brendan Shields, Director of Food Services, Magnolia School District....Spring Break Food Service Program planned for next week.
ROBERT SCHRAM
24:34
Robert Schram Clovis Unified, Just working for spring break!
Barbara Hughes
24:35
Barbara Hughes, County of SD HHSA. No spring break for us!
Tammy White
24:38
Spring Break next week - Catching our breath!
Chela Cooper
24:39
Chela Cooper, MSDE OSCNP
Susan Dalandan
24:40
Susan Dalandan, Lehigh Valley PA, No spring break here!
cristal cardenas
24:45
Cristal Cardenas, Kings Canyon Unified! Its my Friday!
Trish Baugus
24:46
Hiked w/the grands to Calaveras Counties Natural Bridges … gorgeous weather and land bridges!
Jen McNeil I LunchAssist
24:46
Hi Everyone! Jen here from LunchAssist. Excited for some deviled eggs this weekend!
Mickinzie Lopez
24:48
Good morning, everyone! Mickinzie from LunchAssist here! Getting ready to go to Zion for a few days! :)
Raquel Martinez
24:49
Raquel Martinrz
Micha James
24:50
Micha James, Director, MPUSD - no rest for the weary ;)
Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy
24:51
Good Morning Everyone! Abby Halperin, Policy and Grants Manager at the Center for Ecoliteracy. Looking forward to going for a hike tomorrow!
Krystal Waldrop
24:53
Krystal Waldrop, SC Department of Education, Office of Health and Nutrition.
Rebekah Sullivan
24:53
Rebekah Sullivan - UNC CH / No Kid Hungry NC
Janelle Manzano
24:55
Janelle Manzano with SanDiego Unified
Mary Jennings
24:55
Mary Jennings Carmel Unifired, carmel, ca.
Jodi Yager
24:56
Good morning! Jodi Yager, Nutrition Services Director form Perris Elementary. No Spring break for me!!
Michael Ackley-Grady
25:00
Michael Ackley-Grady - CDFA: Office of Farm to Fork - Farm to School Marketplace Lead. No Spring break here
Nora Stewart
25:02
Nora Stewart- my role has changed! I am now the Climate-Friendly School Food Manager with Friends of the Earth. I am taking daily walks outside
Cynthia Long
25:02
Cindy Loleta Elementary School...working over break
Paloma Perez Bertrand
25:03
Good morning! Paloma, LunchAssist...hiking!
Judy Mossa
25:03
Judy Mossa, Calaveras USD
Karyn Whittington
25:04
Karyn Whittington - Director of Nutrition Services, Placerville Union School District
Patty Gallagher
25:05
Good Morning. Patty Gallagher
Natalie Lareau
25:07
Natalie Lareau, program assistant at F2I Center. I spent a weekend in the bay area!
Ana Grajeda
25:11
Good Morning Everyone Ana Grajeda LAAAE- went to San Diego a couple of days ago super cool
Mary Jennings
25:12
Hi All,
Judi Shils
25:21
Hi, Judi Shils, Conscious Kitchen. Happy yo be here.
Raquel Martinez
25:40
Raquel Martinez Alisal Union School District
Nora Stewart
25:45
Hello Crystal! Great to meet you!
Erin Primer
25:48
Morning! Erin Primer, SLCUSD- can’t wait to spend time outside with my fam!
Crystal Whitelaw Hall
25:58
Good morning. I’m Karen Brown, creative director, Center for Ecoliteracy.
Amy Glodde
26:14
Morning. Amy Glodde contractor with No Kid Hungry in the Bay Area.
Emma Finn
26:22
Hi Crystal! Great to meet you.
Alexa Norstad
26:26
Morning, everyone! Alexa Norstad, Director of Programs for the Center for Ecoliteracy. Spring break this year will be camping with my kids for the first time.
Ana Grajeda
26:37
Hello Crystal
CATHY MOURA
26:39
Cathy Moura- Food Services Director Wright Elementary School Dist. I just finished a very relaxing Spring Break.
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
27:08
Join the LunchAssist community here: https://www.lunchassist.org/join
Stephanie Bruce
27:11
Stephanie Bruce, Palm Springs USD - Director of Nutrition Services...What Spring Break? ;-)
Catherine Paredes
27:48
Cathy Paredes; Borrego Springs USD Food Service Director; doing as little work as possible and going for walks in the Desert during Spring Break ;-)
Anne Moertel | Center for Ecoliteracy
28:01
Good morning, my name is Anne Moertel and I am the Outreach and Communications Manager at The Center for Ecoliteracy. I am looking forward to embracing Spring by spending time outdoors!
Paloma Perez Bertrand
28:13
Welcome everyone!
Emma Finn
28:17
Buenos dias, everyone! Emma Finn here from the Climate-Friendly School Food Team at Friends of the Earth.
Paloma Perez Bertrand
28:47
Buenos dias, Emma! welcome!
Suzy Sayre
28:52
Good morning! Suzy Sayre, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte Union HS District
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
28:57
Register for next month’s call:https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtcu-rqTssGdx7ccEe3sKWk3hWD3_mTj6j
Mary Jennings
29:17
I am planning school reopening with everyone on campus on April 19th the Monday after our Spring Break So I am spending Spring Break working! I am looking for a truck vendor. I recall seeing at the last SNA conference (in person) a food service truck that had a refrigerated and cold section for food deliveries. Does anyone know a manufacturer of this type of truck?? please email me if you do! mjennings@carmelunifed.org
Stephanie Bruce
32:25
Amazing Community effort. Kudos to you all for managing this for all of us.
Brenda Ruiz
33:04
Brenda Ruiz Sacramento Food Policy Council
Amanda Mascia - San Diego Hunger Coalition
34:00
Gorgeous!
Anne Moertel | Center for Ecoliteracy
34:22
Looks so good!
Emma Finn
35:06
Check out the Conscious Kitchen x Friends of the Earth Case Study!
Emma Finn
35:08
https://foe.org/resources/organic-plant-forward-scratch-cooked-school-meals-a-california-case-study/
Stephanie Bruce
35:10
That's wonderful!!! You go Barbara!!!
Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist
35:38
Wow! I want one of those boxes…
Judi Shils
35:39
Thanks everyone!
Emma Finn | Friends of the Earth (she, her)
35:59
WOW That's beautiful!!!
Bethany Markee
36:29
This is excellent!
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
37:38
Judi Shils, Founder/Executive Director Conscious Kitchenjudi@turninggreen.org
Trish Baugus
37:52
Is West Contra Costa providing the boxes to cover a weeks worth of meals?
Judi Shils
38:00
yes
Tammy White
42:37
I see Steph's delicious items! I recognize those produce boxes!
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
42:41
Google Form: https://forms.gle/gCRx91mNbYnbW95A6
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
43:40
For those of you working on reopening school - how are things going? What plans are in place at your school or district? What is working well? What challenges are you encountering at the moment?
Micha James
45:07
Hybrid - some DL and others on campus. Will continue G&G for the DL students and will offer onsite service for those on campus...wish us luck!
Susan Dalandan
45:14
Push to re-open schools in PA. K-3 back, but school after school is having rolling closures and may move back to a 2-3 week closure again due to COVID outbreaks among students and staff, especially transportation and food service staff (appointments opening up, but no vaccine available)
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
46:10
What is your school doing to promote program integrity during hybrid learning? What is going well? What questions do you still have on this topic? More on the blog: https://www.lunchassist.org/blog/what-is-a-program-integrity-plan
Bethany Markee
46:43
We are now fully open. It is going well, and I think communication, especially with the principals at the sites it so key! We did close a few parking lot pick up sites that were close to others, to help save our very short staffed current situation. This was helpful.
Diana Carrillo
46:54
The program integrity plan template in the collective was SO helpful! I updated to my district and submitted to CDE and my TA was very impressed!
Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist
47:37
@Diana, thanks for the feedback! so glad to hear it was helpful.
Susan Dalandan
47:39
The meal provision mandate is a national mandate if you are part of the NSLP
Stephanie Bruce
48:06
Thanks Tammy...Our farmer was able to lease an additional 40 acres to plant crops solely for our program!!!
Tammy White
48:28
Warms my heart....:)
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
48:41
Have you received your first vaccine? How is vaccine roll out working in your area?
Stephanie Bruce
48:55
Fully vaccinated for over a month now!!!
Melinda Nguyen
49:13
https://www.vaccinespotter.org/
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
49:21
Check out the Summary of current waivers from No Kid Hungry - Share our Strength: http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/resource/summary-current-covid-19-child-nutrition-program-response-nationwide-waivers
Catherine Paredes
50:32
2 of 5 FS Staff have received both vaccinations; the other 3 have received 1st vaccine.
Laurel Goins
52:03
I go the one shot J&J and my family have all had their first. My team is mostly fully done now.
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
52:41
Manage all of the paperwork that needs to be kept on file with this helpful checklist: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dx80VEu87FenaX5XusBRUysoVqLUI9ec/view
CATHY MOURA
52:46
With regards to the meal provision mandate, I was told by my CNC that since our students will be coming back for 2 hrs twice a week in the afternoons, we will not need to feed the students on those days. The students were told to eat lunch at home. We will be able to do Grab and Go for 5 days, distributed one day a week.
Catherine Paredes
54:46
BSUSD has had students on campus District-wide to some degree since October 2020; currently have those students opting for on campus instruction attending Tues - Fri & approximately two thirds of the student population opting for Distance Learning. Meals are delivered to those households requesting meals Tues - Fri; students on campus receive Breakfast and Lunch and take home supper; Friday's meal bags include meals for Monday.
Amanda Mascia - San Diego Hunger Coalition
55:12
… and Palmona! (Meals Count)
Amanda Mascia - San Diego Hunger Coalition
55:22
*Paloma
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
55:49
Join us in advocating for SB 364: School Meals for All by sending in your support letter for before 5pm today: https://trk.cp20.com/click/3q47-2dlz52-1an55t-a36mla06/
Kat Soltanmorad
57:03
Hi Krysta, Has there been work done to find out how SB364 would address the federal reimbursement?
Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy
58:07
Great question @Kat! Maximizing the federal reimbursements in SB 364 is top of mind, such as through CEP and other provisions.
Clarissa Hayes (FRAC)
58:37
Learn more: https://frac.org/
Colleen Robinson
01:00:21
Now that the CEP has been extended, has anyone heard anything about also extending Provision 2 deadlines?
Stephanie Bruce
01:00:45
It works. As enrollment declines, our participation has increased. The stigma is gone. We see students who qualified but wouldn't eat for fear of being branded a "poor" kid, are now participating at both breakfast and lunch along with all of thier friends!!
Krystal Waldrop
01:00:59
Can some one share the link to the memo pertaining to CEP Deadline ext. for CEP data?
Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:01:32
@Krystal, here’s the link about the CEP extension: https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/resource-files/COVID19NationWideWaiver82s.pdf
Kat Soltanmorad
01:03:12
@abby --We are not all CEP as school districts. Hoping there are conversations around this if SB 364 passes if/before at the federal level.
Krystal Waldrop
01:03:35
Thankyou! do states have to apply for this waiver like last SY ?
Stephanie Bruce
01:04:50
The state would still have to fund those at 300% since that is not the federal rule, correct?
Crystal FitzSimons
01:05:03
Correct.
Clarissa Hayes (FRAC)
01:05:21
FRAC action network: https://p2a.co/tScbQGr
Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:05:22
@Kat, yes, we’re in discussions with CDE about how to maximize the federal reimbursement for districts that don’t qualify for provisions as well, with the state then making up the difference to provide free meals.
Stephanie Bruce
01:06:39
Great work as always FRAC. Thank you Alexis!
Nora Stewart | Friends of the Earth
01:08:55
Same here! Hope you and the SDUSD team are doing well :)
Laura Benitez I Center for Ecoliteracy
01:08:58
https://www.lunchassist.org/blog/8-federal-requirements-of-the-lswp-infographic
Kat Soltanmorad
01:10:46
Thank you Abby. Our district does not charge for reduced meals. Just hoping that districts that do not qualify for CEP are considered especially as we procure locally, scratch cook and more but often are not eligible for grants to support these efforts.
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:13:31
Subscribe to Newsletter: https://www.lunchassist.org/join#two-stepAR Boot Camp: www.lunchassist.org/ARBootCamp
Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:14:19
@Kat, the current language in SB 364 is very ambitious — it applies to EVERY school and district, allowing schools to not only serve free meals, but also providing incentives for California-grown food and freshly-prepared food. We recognize that making this available to everyone will reduce stigma and hunger while benefiting California students and farmers. So glad to hear about your good work.
Crystal Whitelaw Hall
01:14:32
A piece of history: The Center for Ecoliteracy participated in the development of the first district wellness policy in the US, in Berkeley, CA. It became the model for the federal mandate. The first item was “No student in the Berkeley Unified School District shall go hungry during the school day.”
Alexa Norstad
01:15:30
Yay, Erin!!
Nora Stewart | Friends of the Earth
01:15:46
Hello everyone! Excited to be apart of the Friends of the Earth team! If anyone is interested in TA Support for menu development, procurement assistance, education, etc. - feel welcome to reach out to me! Email: nstewart@foe.org
Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist
01:16:13
@Crystal wow! thanks for sharing!
Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist
01:16:47
Congratulations on the new role, Nora!
Kat Soltanmorad
01:17:39
@ Abby absolutely! I hope ALL children receive free meals with the same reimbursement as those district with higher or all CEP eligible.
Stephanie Bruce
01:18:20
Same @Kat. Been fighting for this for so long. Hoping this is the time to make it happen
Emma Finn | FoE (she, her)
01:18:22
https://foe.org/resources/the-state-of-school-lunch-in-california/ 
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:18:23
https://foe.org/resources/the-state-of-school-lunch-in-california/
Kat Soltanmorad
01:19:04
@Stephanie so true!
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:19:54
climatefriendlyfood@foe.orgefinn@foe.org
Nora Stewart | Friends of the Earth
01:20:11
nstewart@foe.org
Stephanie Bruce
01:20:13
Thank you all. Have to run to another meeting. Healthy Free mealls for ALL!!!
Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:20:29
Thanks Stephanie!
Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist
01:20:43
Thank you so much, Emma and team!
Tammy White
01:20:51
It has been great seeing all of you and learning new things. I'm off to a PEBT webinar. Stay safe friends!
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:21:12
Blog Post + Template: https://www.lunchassist.org/blog/what-is-a-program-integrity-plan
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:21:33
School Nutrition Checklist - CDChttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/School-Nutrition-Checklist.pdfSafely Distributing School Meals during COVID-19 - CDChttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/safely-distributing-meals.html
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:21:49
Commodity Resources: https://storage.googleapis.com/lunchbox-prod-v1/downloads/Commodity-Resources-Recipes.pdf
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:22:08
Registration information and link: https://nationalcacfpsponsorsassociation.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/aPoEakZr?sourceTypeId=Website
Brenda Ruiz
01:22:32
For Californians: CDSS PEBT webinar recording from March 24: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5479416610875385864
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:22:47
Registration link: https://www.sgsonetwork.org/webinars/
Brenda Ruiz
01:23:48
and the March 24 pebt ppt slides:
Brenda Ruiz
01:23:52
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NMFHEQX9lZY4oe0rVBTqlql1zlzL9xwf/view?usp=drivesdk
Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist
01:24:27
@Brenda - thank you for sharing the P-EBT Resources!
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:24:40
Link to login and register: https://www.healthiergeneration.org/resources/trainings
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:24:42
Link to grant: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330864
Laura Benitez | Center for Ecoliteracy
01:24:55
For more info about joining the California Food for California Kids network, email Krysta Williams at krysta@ecoliteracy.org
Ana Grajeda
01:26:59
Beautiful baby Jen awww :) Great mom as well
Susan Dalandan
01:27:24
I emailed her some information...
Susan Dalandan
01:28:22
Thanks for the awesome job as always for sharing the great information!
Jen McNeil I LunchAssist
01:29:29
Aw thanks Ana - baby Lola wanted to say hola!
Susan Dalandan
01:29:48
PA has already had their PEBT plan approved, but the process is so tedious that info will probably not be finalized until May.
Patty Gallagher
01:30:34
Brenda,
Patty Gallagher
01:31:06
Brenda Thanks so much for this info. I have had a lot of families calling.
Susan Dalandan
01:31:06
PA's child care setting is still in the approval process. USDA required a process to delineate the child-care from Pre-K, K, Headstart and Pre-K counts so that children are not counted twice.
CATHY MOURA
01:31:10
I was wondering if Lunch Assist will be sending out an outline of the recent CA Tuesday@2 TownHall meetings
Brenda Ruiz
01:32:25
president@sacfoodpolicy.org Brenda Ruiz
Emma Finn | FoE (she, her)
01:33:57
<3 weee!
Mercedes Cordova
01:34:07
Beautiful baby Lola!
Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist
01:34:13
Hi baby Lola! 👋🏼
Shawn Stake
01:34:32
Made my day to see such a cute little girl!
Emma Finn | FoE (she, her)
01:35:32
Thanks for having me, CEL x LunchAssist team!!
Crystal Whitelaw Hall I Center for Ecoliteracy
01:36:14
So nice to meet all of you! Thank you!
Chela Cooper
01:36:22
Thank you!