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Welcome! Please introduce yourself by sharing your name, position and where you work. This week we invite you to share an update on how you’re feeling today using traffic light colors:Green (mostly good)Yellow (mixed feelings, unsure, or just OK)Red (mostly not doing great)You can also briefly share why you’re feeling that way if you’d like.
Naomi Stern, Green Facilities and Operations Analyst, San Mateo County Office of Education
Heather Berkoben, Dairy Council of California. Green light
Hello everyone, Lisa Herberg TUHSD. Glad to be here
Good morning Rosa Rubio here from Calistoga JUSD. Iam feeling green today thanks to the recommendation on how to start the week from last weeks meeting.
Kristen, Sonoma Valley, yellow
Jane Alvarado Banister- Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Katie Dooley, No Kid Hungry CA, yellow light
Anna Severns, Revolution Foods. Green light :)
Marc Milton, Director of Food Service, Downey USD. Yellow
Hi everyone, my name is Kari Johnson and I am with Lunch at the Library. I am feeling green, today. :)
Leslie Pring, Nutrition Director with Twin RIvers USD . Yellow light mostly about next school year and what meal service will look like.....
Emily Cena, Ramona Unified
Emily Cena, Director of Food & Nutrition at Ramona Unified School District (San Diego County), green today :)
Eric Holliday, Director Nutrition Services, Alvord Unified, located in Riverside CA, feeling Yellow, due to uncertainty about funding for the future, but overall optimistic and green about the future, because its the one thing you can control, attitude!
Brenda Ruiz, Sacramento Food Policy Council. Feeling Green
Mickinzie, LunchAssist - GREEN!
Good morning. Breana Diaz, Springs Charter Schools Nutrition Coordinator. Green light :]
Hi all! Christina Hecht, Senior Policy Advisor at Nutrition Policy Institute at Univ. of CA. We are very interested in how meal service is going for schools - challenges, innovative practices, worries ahead. Please email me, email@example.com. Thanks! I guess I am pretty green today … :-)
Cathy Moen, Robla School District Food Service dIrector
Nora Stewart, Farm to Institution Center at Community Health Improvement Partners- Green light today!
Barbara Hughes, County of SD HHSA
Jen Reno, Preferred Meals
Hi everyone, Tammy White from San Jacinto Unified School District :)
Holly Hungerford Cocking
Holly Hungerford Cocking, Director of Nutrition Services, springs Charter Schools, feeling yellow...
Cheryl Eubanks, Director of Nutrition Services, La Habra City SD, Yellow
Jackie Hemann, FoodCorps CA.
Alyson Foote, Dairy Council of California, Green light
Welcome! Please introduce yourself by sharing your name, position and where you work. This week we invite you to share an update on how you’re feeling today using traffic light colors: Green (mostly good) Yellow (mixed feelings, unsure, or just OK) Red (mostly not doing great) You can also briefly share why you’re feeling that way if you’d like.
Hi All--Erica Lee from Robla School District
Hi Everyone! Stephanei Bruce Palm Springs Unified
Hi all, this is Krysta from Center for Ecoliteracy.
Kat Soltanmorad, Director Food Services Tahoe Truckee USD
GREEEN-Its Friday Eve!
Marley Nelms, San Dieguito Union HSD, Director of Nutrition Services
Sally Spero, Child Nutrition Director, Lakeside Union School District
Good Morning, Debbie from YES Charter Academy
Morgan McGhee, FoodCorps
Hi, all, Susan from Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council in PA. Feeling green - every fire has the opportunity to be put out! (Sorry, CA, not such a good analogy for you, but it works here!)
^ susan :)
Hi Everyone! Jen here from LunchAssist. Green light. Always so inspired by seeing all of your faces on the Thursday call :)
Amanda Mascia / Hunger Free Kids Manager / San Diego Hunger Coalition
It's a good one Susan!
Green- feeling optimistic :-)
Debbi Dodson from the Carton Council here. It is a green light kind of day.
GREEN - We surpassed 1 million meals since the shut down!!!
MHUSD - Director of Student Nutrition. The Dark Lord is never green. LOL
Hello! Leah Walton here from Community Action Marin
Nice one Dark Lord
Yay. That's my sweet employee!!!!!
Stephanie thank you for sharing BEAUTIFUL photos of your team from School Lunch Hero day!
Question for All: what are some creative solutions that have inspired you during the emergency meal service operations? Please share how your team has been innovations.
Whoop whoop! Go FALLBROOK!
Great set up Fallbrook!
Certificates of Awesomeness????!!!!
Amy - you’ve outdone yourself.
I want to eat that for lunch!
Great job Amy! YOU deserve a Certificate of Awesomeness
BTW Amy was my intern preceptor. Shout out to Amy for teaching me how to be a lunch lady <3
Full Circle!!! You are both Shining Stars!!!
Speaking of local produce - are others receiving produce through USDA’s Farm Box to Families? Tell us about it if so!
Love Frog Hollow Peaches! I have them shipped all the way to San Diego all summer long.
Welcome to anyone who joined after we typed in introductions. Feel free to still introduce yourself!
No, it can't be used as part of the meal so we passed. It was too much to handle with the number of meals we are serving. We don't have the extra space.
We're starting with Farm to Family boxes next week. I'm so excited!!!
Amy, do you know who is distributing the Farm to family boxes for your locations?
hello! we are starting the boxes on Wednesday
Sunrise Produce is going to distribute. They're dropping directly at one of our serving locations the day of distribution.
can't wait to hear how it goes!
Holly Hungerford Cocking
I would love to see pictures of these boxes.
Hi Everyone - What updates do you have on your reopening school/fall plans this week?
I am blown away by everything you all are doing and want to work to capture your innovations and heroism - and send some stories to D.C.
Nothing new for fall. We were just notified of Summer schedules.
We have started CSA boxes thanks to Tahoe Food Hub! They are donating up to 20 boxes a week for families in need. Organically grown produce within 100 miles from our district boundaries
Keep the photos coming too. They are great!!
I, too, would like to see photos of the Farm to Families boxes.
San Diego County is just starting to talk about summer programs for child care that limits children to groups of 12. A constant group of 12. That *may* be an indicator for what to expect for schools
Just getting linked to local farms via Yousef. Hopefully next week.
No boxes in DUSD...not enough storage space given the number of sites/meals we have going.
No plans for fall...first "opening school" district committee meeting today
I am working with our local date farmer to create our own Coachella Valley produce boxes.
We are using the CARES funds for extra duty, and addtional equipment right now.
There is no money for meals from FEMA I am told
Hoping Hero Act will include 55% reimbursement for revenue lost.... fingers crossed it doesn't get amended before passed.
You in CA have an awesome way to connect with local farmers through your own homegrown CropMobster. If you haven't used it, check it out and jump on board! Free!
There is releif for lost commodity entitlement in the Heros Act
For those in California - How have you been approaching the disaster claim form? We know it’s not specific to COVID-19 and states it is for schools that are totally closed. We’re hoping that bit is revised, but has anyone on the call submitted this yet?
Hopefully it stays in place before passed--Commodity entitlement losses.
Even though we are serving at schools. The schools are still "CLOSED". We are serving curbside, so we are applying for all sites.
Can we dig in a bit about the waivers in the HEROES act? Currently the “ask” is to push the USDA (SecAg) to date and post waiver applications from state agencies. Is this a hard enough ask? How can we advocate?
Curious if anyone has been award $$ from the grant by GenYouth yet?
applied to Gen Youth and have not heard back except that they were going to be taking longer than expected to respond to districts requests
Jennifer, we can't double dip -we need to wait to see how FEMA responds.
For our district
I haven't heard back on GEN YOUTH either.
Nothing from GenYouth. MHUSD is awaiting FEMA
Emily Cena, Ramona Unified
Ramona submitted ours this week. We claimed reimbursement for meals we would have served at the sites that are not doing Seamless Summer emergency meals. Since the form states "schools were closed and meals were not served to children," I didn't think we could include the closed schools that are serving emergency meals.
11 of our schools were awarded grants from GenYOUTH in West Contra Costa USD
No word from GenYOUTH for TTUSD. We have reached out to anyone who provided grants/support in the past...received $10K to support our single use containers and brown bags costs which is ridiculous as opposed to serving bulk.
How do we advocate for waiver extension?
No Kid Hungry has been advocating at the federal level
CDE has applied for all extensions
I would also check with CSNA/SNA
The guidance for SSO and SFSP during summer is that they encourage us to follow the meal pattern knowing there are supply chain issues
Do you happen to know if Oregon is included in the FFVP?
Thanks Katie for all of your advocacy!
We need to advocate for waivers extended to cover AT least the first half of next school year since it wont be the typical school day- if staggered or blended learning we will have significantly less ADP
CalSNA is supporting CDE for waiver extensions through the summer.
Leslie--we hear that 100%! Our current priority is to get them extended through summer
I think once things become clearer about what school will look like in the fall, we will continue our advocacy efforts/asks on that front!
Leslie I agree fall is right around the corner and important to think ahead. If students will not all be present daily at campuses, there will be a need for some type of modified operations. Thanks Katie for keeping an eye on this too :)
What does our workforce look like with fewer meals being served. We are serving 8,000 fewer meals and I am staffed for 18,000 meals. Do I need to layoff personnel to staff for only 10,000 meals? Lots to think about
Hi Everyone - Thanks for all of the great info in the chat box! Feel free to type in any questions for Chef Brenda regarding p-EBT.
Depending on sanitation requirements, more staff might be need to keep food areas safe.
Can a preschool child receive the EBT?
If a DC family does not get their card in the mail, can they apply after 5/22 to have it sent to them? We have a few DC families who said they have moved and I'm not sure if their address is updated with the state.
I agree, already thinking about how to provide onsite meal service and multi day to go packs for online learners at the same time. We are a high school district already successful for the most part with online learning so I do not see that going away
Is p-EBT specifically a California program?
Hi Erin, they can apply anytime before 6/30
Yes, Erin - If they don’t get it they can get this in the mail.
Debbi - this is nationwide but states have to be approved individually. Each state has a different roll out scheme.
Can we see what the form looks like, page by page
Emily Cena, Ramona Unified
p-EBT: Should siblings with extended benefits expect to receive their card automatically, or plan to apply?
Yes Debbi you can see the states who are offering the program here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-guidance-coronavirus-pandemic-ebt-pebt
Gail, we are developing several scenarios and staffing to present to my boss.
What about Extended DC students who are not DC in CALPADS?
We can mail a P-EBT card to any address. Whether it’s a county mailbox, a friend or family’s mail box, or a community organization that can receive mail on behalf of the community. Families with children who receive CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits are directly certified and will automatically receive a P-EBT card mailed to the address we have on file. Most families will get their P-EBT card in the mail between May 12 and May 22, 2020. If the address on file is incorrect or needs to be changed, they may contact the P-EBT helpline at 833-780-0353 and we can reissue a card to the new mailing address. The family must have a mailing address to receive a P-EBT card. They are not going to be available for pickup.Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do NOT get CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22. This application will allow the f
@ Lisa - likewise. we're drawing up plans in encompass both distance and on site learning/feeding
Emily--for families with multiple children, all siblings benefits will be loaded onto the eldest siblings card
Here’s the Code for America site where the app will be opening soon: https://ca.p-ebt.org/en
The above is from CDSS.... many of our families will not get the card due to our postal system and not being able to pay PO Boxes.
For those talking about advocating for waiver extensions, our state tells us the barrier is at the USDA federal level; they are finding the regional FNS offices are advocating for extensions as well.. We are using our Senators and Congressional delegates to advocate with USDA for waiver extension, along with the assistance of the national organizations, FRAC, No Kid Hungry, etc. We are also doing sign on letters using local examples of hardship without the waiver extension and signed by our local and regional anti-hunger organizations.
If the address on file is incorrect or needs to be changed, they may contact the P-EBT helpline at 833-780-0353 and we can reissue a card to the new mailing address.This number was not in the toolkit etc that I could find
Where is the money for this benefit coming from?
Kat - that is so sad about your community :(
So our meal reimbursement?
This is from the CARES act right?
P-EBT is funded from the CARES act.
I think it was extra funds from CARES act
Emily Cena, Ramona Unified
Will the card be accompanied with some sort of paperwork to show the family how much money is on the card, and for which students? It's possible we are unaware of some household siblings that will need to be added
For p-EBT, what if a student is homeless and family does not have mailing address?
Good Q Emily
Also good Q Terra!
Ironic that we can't use CARES Act money to offset the lost meal reimbursement
Yes but fingers crossed for HEROES/FEED the Children!
Our guideline is that P-EBT is a supplement to summer meals, so families will be able to take advantage of school/summer meals and have the P-EBT benefit.
All my fingers are crossed! LOL
Emily Cena, Ramona Unified
^Not to mention, lost a la carte revenue
Terra, there are some systems in place for homeless. Reach out to p-EBT hotline for more info.
This is not CARES act funding from what I understand.
I know Emily - that is the thing no one is talking about. And paid meal local revenue :(
Paloma A Perez Bertrand
Question: The students that did not qualify for free and reduced meals whose situation recently changed due to COVID (a parent lost his/her job, etc.) would be able to apply?
Its the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" ….
Paloma - yes but technically they should fill out an application first
on the USDA page it says it is funded through Families First Coronavirus Act
When did CA begin allowing for newly eligible? We hadn’t heard that they were approved yet.
As of May 7
Paloma A Perez Bertrand
Paloma, they will not get the full $365. Only the amount from when they qualified. So if they qualifed as of June 1st. They will get $57
Stephanie, CDE said yesterday it will be retroactive to the day school closed.
Dept of SS says otherwise.
March 2020: $68 per childApril 2020: $120 per childMay 2020: $120 per childJune 2020: $57 per child
Kat that was my understanding but that is a good question.
It was stated on the webinar last week.
It will be retroactive for kids that were eligible prior to school closures, I believe
I think eligibility goes back to the last day of school, no? That is a good question for us to clarify.
Love the market match!
I have heard that meal sites are not able to afford to distribute food at lots of different sites this summer? As a result of that, are the meal sponsors losing money, which is contributing to them consolidating their efforts at a small number of sites.
I'm on PPL CalSNA, yesterday CDE shared it would be retro; its based on day of closure not day of eligibility.
if a family just became eligible as a result of COVID, their benefit would be dated to when they became eligbile
To the day of the closure
I would think it is retroactive because the application doesn’t ask for evidence of WHEN the student became eligible
Does anyone have a link to newly eligible information? This was the information we were given 2 days ago “We just learned that CDSS submitted an amendment to their P-EBT plan. The amendment, if approved by FNS, would make newly FRP-eligible students (i.e., individuals who are deemed eligible for FRP meals via FRP applications after 3/15) eligible for P-EBT. This hinges on FNS' decision, but it's a good step forward for CA."
I'll email CDSS they are quick to respond
The app is three questions so technically they wouldn’t know when you became eligible
Katie has it as I understood from the webinar last week
Thank you Chef Brenda!!
Can we see the form?
Exactly Jennifer! And we could adjust the date to school closure; that's why CDE shared it would date of closure. I'm asking for clarification.
we will be so much wiser on wednesday :D
I know the No Kid Hungry webinars are posted fairly quickly after they are live, does anyone know if AND and CDE will do the same?
If it is recorded, I imagine it would be here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/covid19webinars.asp
although it looks like it takes them a while to get them up there
Confidence + vulnerability (sometimes we don’t know it all and need to share when we have questions or doubts!) :)
Blast USDA in DC for waiver extensions :)
GREAT TIP! We can do that!
I bring a seat to the table, sitting is important!
Lean in lunch heroes!
its all about building relationships
You ladies rock!
Waiver documentation checklist
great call, as always. Funding was the most useful information today! Also, the waiver graphic
I love the concise updates!
Thank you for the resource and update on the FFVP
waiver checklist, thank you!
waiver check list and webinar list
You ladies are such a wealth of information. Thank you!!
Jennifer breaking down the legal jargon!!!
P-EBT and waiver checklist…thank you!
Funding and P-EBT were very useful today, thank you.
I thought it was for enrolled students only?
Funding updates and waiver checklist. These calls are so helpful, thank you for your work to compile this information each week!
would enjoy hearing about what other districts will do for their point of sale setup for next year- will they have pin pads, scan cards, roster? with social distancing we are trying to strategize how that might look with an altered school day
Call your representatives in Congress and Senate and give the staffer answering the phone a message about your needs - and things that are helping you work well. This information can influence how legislation is written and how members vote.
USDA Waivers should we contact Kristen Hyatt, Acting Deputy Administrator, Child Nutrition Programs ?
What if the Extended DC child is NOT at a CEP?
We're just starting our back to school planning and we're exploring sending kids home with lunch to avoid having them in the cafeteria. Any ideas if that will be allowable? Does that require a waiver to not have the meal "during the school day"? It might require breakfast in the classroom and then lunch to go.
Can anyone HELP someone apply (do it over the phone?)
Emily Cena, Ramona Unified
I expect we will receive a lot of questions from families, wanting to know why their cards don't include all the kids in their home. Who do they call for assistance?
POS pin pads have scanners, will require scanning ID card and no cash. Service on Speedline 6ft apart markers. Do not have the staff to pack and deliver meals to classrooms. Depending on how many days students come to school per week may have one day next day shelf stable meal pack on line to pick up at same time. If students only attend once per week then an after school distribution with mulit-day frozen meal packs. Thinking about how to pre-order and record those meals
Thank you BRENDA!!
Do they have to do seperste applications for each child?
Thank you for checking on newly eligible!
Sally - re: What if the Extended DC child is NOT at a CEP - they need to apply
Here is the schools FAQ, which we’ll also send via email: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/EBT/Pandemic/202005-Pandemic-EBT-Info-for-School-and-School-District-Partners.pdf
But how would they then be approved?
Emily - I agree with this question you asked —> I expect we will receive a lot of questions from families, wanting to know why their cards don't include all the kids in their home. Who do they call for assistance? Brenda any advice?
Brenda- you are amazing! Thank you for all of your support.
"Sign up" or "Registration" is good messaging here- thanks Brenda
Big virtual hugs to you Brenda!
Thank you all!
Thank you all!