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Community of Practice: Emergency Food Service - Shared screen with speaker view
Jennifer McNeil
05:17
Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Call. We will use this chat box for part of our discussion today. Please introduce yourself with your name, school district/agency name, and share one reason you’re passionate about school food!
Mary Mathieu-Ruiz
08:12
Hi - I’m Miguel! How are you?
Miguel Villarreal
08:25
Great idea. Who is speaking?
Jennifer McNeil
09:36
Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Call. We will use this chat box for part of our discussion today. Please introduce yourself with your name, school district/agency name, and share one reason you’re passionate about school food!
Rosa Rubio
10:17
Rosa Rubio, Calistoga Joint Unified School District, I am passionate about school food and food in general because its a great unifier. It doesn't matter who you are, everyone has to eat!!!
Mary Mathieu-Ruiz
10:22
Hi All - I’m Mary Ruiz from SRVUSD. I’m passionate about seeing kids smile!
Stephanie Bruce
10:23
HI everyone! Stephanie Bruce, Palm Springs USD. I am passionate about the people that make up this amazing industry
Margaret Ameel
10:48
Good morning all, I am Margaret Ameel, Director HR/Special Projects at Chawanakee Unified. Ensuring our student’s basic needs are met is crucial to their wellbeing.
Alma McKenry
10:48
Hello. Alma McKenry. Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, Health Services Director. I am passionate about making sure our kids have access to nutritious foods.
Yousef Buzayan
10:56
Yousef Buzayan, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), School food gets food to children that are in need
Nick Anicich
10:57
Hi! I'm Nick Anicich, the Farm to School Program Lead with the CA Department of Food and Agriculture. I'm passionate about school food because it's an act of love and care for the students and communities we work with.
Jennifer Mattocks
11:01
Hello, This is Jennifer Mattocks with Palm Springs Unified School District
Stephanie Bruce
11:05
HI Rosa! I just sold my sisters house in Calistoga. It was my sanctuary. I miss it and Calistoga tremendously
Miguel Villarreal
11:21
Miguel Villarreal from San Ramon Valley USD. Glad to be here with all of you. Stay safe!!
Yousef Buzayan
11:27
Hi Leyla I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m not able to hear you
Leslie Pring
11:38
Morning everyone, Leslie Pring, Twin Rivers USD. I am grateful for this community of food professionals!
Nora Stewart
11:41
Hello everyone! I work with the Farm to Institution Center at Community Health Improvement Partners. I'm passionate about school food because I love providing opportunities for all kids to eat great food!
Barbara Hughes
11:45
Good morning! Barbara Hughes from County of SD HHSA. As a registered dietitian, being passionate about food goes without saying. ;)
Kristin Zellhart
12:05
HI All, Kristin Zellhart from Eat REAL Certified. Thank you for your service to your communities!
Janelle Manzano _SD Unified
12:22
Hello! This is Janelle Manzano I am the Farm to School Specialist for San Diego Unified. I love seeing kids trying new foods!
Rosa Rubio
12:55
Stephanie, Calistoga is a amazing, such a connected community.
Terra Carlson
13:15
Hi All. Terra Carlson with the Solana Beach School District. Passionate about food and kids :)
Vince Caguin
13:33
Vince with Natomas USD in Sacramento CA
Holly Hungerford Cocking
13:55
Holly Hungerford Cocking, Director of Nutrition Services for Springs Charters Schools in Southern California. :)
Deborah Friedman
14:01
Debbie Friedman with Food | Climate | Strategies. Passionate about school food because of the importance to kids, human and ecosystem health, farming and rural communities and workers. All the systems and people that it touches.
Michelle Oppen
14:16
Michelle Oppen from Oakland Unified. Thank you for organizing!
Leyla Marandi
14:25
Thank you for joining us :)
Jennifer McNeil
14:28
Hi Everyone - This is Jen! I am the Founder of LunchAssist and super happy to be here with you today!
M Essa
14:47
Hey Everyone - Messa here with the Chef Ann Foundation
Jennifer McNeil
14:51
My favorite thing about school food is all the creativity everyone brings to the table!
Kris Vander Weele
15:07
Good morning! Kris Vander Weele, Account Specialist at San Luis Coastal Unified School District.
Megan Flynn
19:40
Hello! This is Megan Flynn from the Life Time Foundation. Thank you for this webinar!
Elizabeth Vaughan
19:40
Morning! Elizabeth Vaughan here from Friends of the Earth.
Jennifer McNeil
19:59
Have you or your district submitted a request for public assistance?
Stephanie Bruce
20:00
any conversation about matching commodity entitlement for SFSP to equal NSLP??
Jennifer McNeil
20:14
Steph - nothing official but lots of requests on the national level
Jennifer McNeil
20:22
CSPI has a good letter on this I can send out
Leslie Pring
20:27
the fema closes tomorrow, correct?
Stephanie Bruce
20:40
I would love to see it Jenn. thank you!
Gail Gousha
20:44
yes
Naomi Shadwell
20:46
My district applied for FEMA and received funds.
Jennifer McNeil
21:04
CDE is advertising it closes tomorrow but we don’t think that is accurate based on what is on the California OES website. Better to get it in early if possible.
Jennifer McNeil
21:13
Really Naomi - please share more!
Nora Stewart
21:34
Yay! So glad to hear about the application extension!
Naomi Shadwell
21:45
The Director of the Fiscal Department submitted the application from what I was told.
Stephanie Bruce
22:09
We received money too. Using it to pay all of our extra duty right now
Jennifer McNeil
22:18
Oh that is great Steph!
Naomi Shadwell
22:59
That's great!
Stephanie Bruce
23:40
I am trying to implement these new guidelins, but administration is not on board yet. Any suggestions on how to get them comfortable with the idea would be great.
Naomi Shadwell
23:51
We are using the funds for labor costs over spring break, canopies, and other items we are purchasing due to the COVID crisis.
Jennifer McNeil
24:10
What type of masks are you using? Are there any brands or types of reusable masks that you would recommend?
Stephanie Bruce
24:20
Oh Canopies. GREAT idea, I just spent $4000 on canopies.
Naomi Shadwell
24:38
Yes! So helpful!
Stephanie Bruce
25:25
surgical masks are what we use, but our county requires everyone to have a face covering whenever they leave home, so our supply is not being used at the moment. We have a lot of people who have made masks for staff.
Stephanie Bruce
25:30
I will grab one and show you.
Naomi Shadwell
25:33
We are using fabric masks and masks provided by M&O. I don't have the brand, but I can check.
Leyla Marandi
27:03
Thank you Stephanie! That would be great. Also Naomi, if you are able to check, we’d appreciate it :D
Gail Gousha
27:55
how far do sites need to be from each other?
Stephanie Bruce
28:10
These are the surgical masks
Stephanie Bruce
28:26
These are the homemade fabric masks
Stephanie Bruce
28:57
It's a lot of rhetoric Jenn
Leyla Marandi
29:58
Stephanie if you sent links they aren’t coming through on chat. If you are able to email after call, we’ll share with folks!
Stephanie Bruce
30:32
I will send photos and a link to the surgical masks. they are readily available on Amazon right now.
Leyla Marandi
30:44
That’s great, thank you
Stephanie Bruce
31:25
https://www.amazon.com/Disposable-Surgical-Medical-Industrial-Quality/dp/B085Z83CFV/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=surgical+masks&qid=1587054153&sr=8-3
Jenileigh Harris
32:17
I have found this to be a helpful summary / comparison about waivers: http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/COVID%20CNP%20Waiver%20%26%20Memo%20Summary_4-13-20_0.pdf
Jennifer Mattocks
33:50
Thank you , Jenileigh!
Leyla Marandi
33:51
Thank you, we’ll include this link with our follow up email. FRAC is great :)
M Essa
34:52
So the student has to pick up the meal to get the serving?
Holly Hungerford Cocking
34:54
I told the CDE yesterday we were implemented changes to offer weekend meals and got the thumbs up. I saw SDUSD is doing it starting next week.
Jennifer Mattocks
35:02
Anyone able to actually serve FFVP with all these restrictions?
Stephanie Bruce
35:18
So if I say only families in students in the car can get a weeks worth of produce from FFVP I can do that.
Deirdre Kleske
35:39
Any idea of rationale that Fruit and Vegetable program items can't be picked up by parents? Seems like a strange contradiction - especially given the produce surplus you're mentioning now.
Stephanie Bruce
35:46
Jenn, if I can find the loophole, I will do it. I am not planning on wasting any money right now.
Jennifer Mattocks
36:09
I trust you will find a loophole
Leyla Marandi
36:10
^^ Deidre and Stephanie we know there are many others that feel similarly
Jennifer Mattocks
36:29
And we need to support our local farmers
Leslie Pring
36:38
I don't get it, we can give meals to parents with no students present but NOT ffvp items at that same site?
Leslie Pring
36:43
frustrating
Jennifer McNeil
36:47
Has anyone utilized emergency procurement yet?
Stephanie Bruce
37:07
Emergency procurement started week one for me
Naomi Shadwell
37:50
Yes, we are using emergency procurement.
Miguel Villarreal
39:19
I have a source that is making custom made masks for us. Lots of different fabrics. Ties for sizing. Covers full face. I’m ordering some veggie prints. Two weeks delivery time. Email me if you are interested. I can provide pics. mvillarreal@srvusd.org
Leslie Pring
39:48
As district that has never done direct purchasing from local farmers, I am not sure where to start. Is there a list of certified local farmers that we could maybe work with?
Miguel Villarreal
39:53
Mvillarreal@srvusd.net (not dot org)
Jennifer McNeil
40:09
Hi Leslie - yes the names will be on the CDFA document!
Melissa Lim
40:43
Our district is in the middle of so many farms but we have never done any farm to school purchasing either. We're the Yakima School District and I would love to learn more about getting local produce during this time.
Leyla Marandi
41:14
Leslie and Melissa, definitely encourage looking through the CDFA resource and connecting with our speaker Ben :)
Leyla Marandi
41:19
What kind of support is everyone interested in?
Stephanie Bruce
41:42
We need to get USDA to allow DOD dollars to purchase local produce
Miguel Villarreal
42:06
The National Farm to School Network is working with a large coalition of organizations to support local farmers. Ben, I’m sure you on on those conference calls?
Jennifer McNeil
43:03
CAFF has great support for formal bids! LunchAssist got to work with them for their bid toolkit. Check it out when you’re ready to bid. :)
Brian Chiarito
43:09
It would be great if we could use DOD dollars to purchase from local farms
Jennifer McNeil
43:20
Brian have you used AgLink?
Jennifer McNeil
43:48
They allow you to use local farms for DOD dollars in the central valley!
Brian Chiarito
43:58
Jen - I use ag link with my pilot funds
Nick Anicich
43:59
Hi! Here's a link to the list of certified farmers in CA -- https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/i_&_c/pdfs/CFM-CertifiedProducersByCounty-2020.pdf
Miguel Villarreal
44:10
Stephanie, I’m meeting with National Farm to School Network policy director next week. I agree, we need to be able to use DOD $$ for local purchases.
Leyla Marandi
44:30
Thank you Nick!
Leyla Marandi
45:03
Miguel, please keep us posted on feedback you get about that topic. That would be amazing..
Leyla Marandi
45:42
We’ll be sending out CAFF contact info, plus links to these resources in the PDF of our slides from today
Stephanie Bruce
46:29
Great Miguel!!! You are always my local farmer champion. Appreciate you.
Melissa Lim
46:32
Is this a community mainly just from California? Sorry, I may have misread this zoom and want to make sure this is for all states or if it is just California?
Miguel Villarreal
47:19
Absolutely Stephanie! Thank you
Leyla Marandi
48:08
Hi Melissa: It’s California-grown but all are welcome :) There are partners on here from out of state, too, and we’d be interested to identify what resources you need near you too.
Jennifer McNeil
48:23
Hi Everyone - we have the most experience and are sharing stories with a California lens, but this call and the topics are open and relevant to folks from other states of course! The farmer resources of course are specific to California, but we can see if anyone on the call can advise on national farm to school efforts that are similar.
Nora Stewart
49:16
Here is the SD County Farmer database of some farmers who are looking to sell their products: https://f2icenter.org/supporting-local-farmers/
Jennifer McNeil
50:40
What has been your experience with virtual meetings this month? What has been great? What has been challenging?
Stephanie Bruce
50:52
The Google Doodle is dedicatd to foodservice workers today!! :-)
Michael Jochner
51:00
MUTE! MUTE! MUTE!
Yousef Buzayan
51:07
Here is a link to the CAFF Buyer/Farmer connections sheet that you can use to connect to farms in your area. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xMKbZ59Q9es0u3AQpQSGov6wc-khPlgNPCdmF8-YHR8/edit?usp=sharing
Stephanie Bruce
51:17
They have been great
Leyla Marandi
51:28
LOL! Mute can make all the difference Michael.
Jennifer McNeil
51:44
I am the worst about setting an agenda. Guilty!
Leyla Marandi
51:51
ALSO everyone should look at www.google.com as stephanie pointed out. So cute :)
Stephanie Bruce
52:07
If anyone say the SNL skit about zoom meetings this past saturday...that was my experience the first time with my line staff. LOL
Ben Thomas
52:11
Thank you to everyone for the chat questions and input! We appreciate the local farmer support interest so much. We support CA farmers and school districts, but if you want to email me (ben@caff.org) or connect with Nick Anicich, we can try to connect you with similar support orgs in your areas.
Ben Thomas
52:49
Leslie, we will definitely connect with you on local direct sourcing. Thank you for your interest!
Stephanie Bruce
54:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ when this call is over, this will give you all a great chuckle.
Ben Thomas
54:37
Stephanie, the Unprocessed Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program is the local purchasing program piloted under the DoD program by USDA AMS. California is a pilot state. We are happy to connect you to try to get on the list to have part of your DoD allocation go towards the UFVPP program approved local vendors. As for the overall DoD program, we have heard really good feedback about the new vendor and are going to reach out to them to see if we can make their local offerings more accessible and be able to promote local farms through them.
Stephanie Bruce
54:42
I like that slide Mickinzie
Ben Thomas
55:31
And yes, huge thanks to Jennifer McNeil and LunchAssist for helping with our bid resources! And to CHIP for pushing emergency procurement support forward with this group.
Stephanie Bruce
55:36
Thank you Ben, I have used all my DoD $ for the year. The rules still attached to the FFVP make it difficult to use in this crise
Stephanie Bruce
55:40
crisis
Gail Gousha
55:42
how about voice level
Jenileigh Harris
57:15
A little aside: some tried & true fun remote working tips from National Farm to School Network http://www.farmtoschool.org/news-and-articles/our-top-tips-from-12-years-of-remote-working
Maddy Moritsch
57:31
Consider scheduling meetings for unconventional times like 25 or 50 minutes rather than 30 or 60 minutes. This allows people to take a basic needs break in case they have multiple back to back meetings
Michelle Oppen
57:44
Thanks everyone!
Leyla Marandi
57:46
That’s a good one Gail. You can remind folks to check their mic and volume before logging into virtual platforms.
Stephanie Bruce
57:55
This was literally my first experience with zoom with my site staff; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3byTN8NTCkc
Jenileigh Harris
57:59
Love that tip Maddy!
Leyla Marandi
58:36
Maddy that’s a great tip. Both Healthier Gen and NFSN are awesome at virtual work. We’ll share those tips in our follow up.
Stephanie Bruce
58:46
Our second zoom meeting as a tutorial meeting, which have made the subsequent meetings much, much more productive.
Maddy Moritsch
59:21
I work for Healthier Generation so that makes sense!
Jennifer McNeil
01:00:08
Or use the chat box! For those who are more introverted it can work well!
Ben Thomas
01:00:32
Virtual meetings have overall gone really smoothly! I think everyone’s overall use comfort with them has improved. Favorite part is being able to where pajamas and a button up at the same time (joking…sometimes). Challenges have been mostly with connectivity - feels like internet and video chat services have been dropping people a lot.
anita ruiz
01:00:46
As an introvert who works for a virtual organization. Allowing time to process is key.
Ben Thomas
01:00:48
wear*
Jenileigh Harris
01:01:10
Agreed, Anita!
Jennifer McNeil
01:01:14
Time for our open discussion. Feel free to unmute or type into this box with any stories, questions, or points of discussion. We’d like to hear from you!
Holly Hungerford Cocking
01:03:06
It's not a barrier
Stephanie Bruce
01:03:08
SFSP it is still 1/2 a mile
anita ruiz
01:03:17
If possible you might also consider breaking up into small virtual meetings and then coming back as a group. Its a new thing we have been doing this year.
Holly Hungerford Cocking
01:03:23
I have a charter school site across from a district high school
Jennifer McNeil
01:03:57
Hi Holly - are you both serving during this time?
suzanne Lugotoff
01:04:11
We have had Ventura County farmers donating to us
Holly Hungerford Cocking
01:04:20
Jennifer, yes
Brian Chiarito
01:04:34
A lot of our local vendors we already use:
Jennifer McNeil
01:05:21
Ok that is a good to know Holly. Stephanie says 1/2 mile rule is still in play for SFSP but I’m thinking it is not for emergency SSO but correct me if I’m wrong!
Brian Chiarito
01:05:37
We are continuing to use Foster Farms, Fiore di Pasta, True Natural Foods, etc. Not necessarily local farmers, but local vendors
Miguel Villarreal
01:05:37
Great Stephanie!
Holly Hungerford Cocking
01:05:47
As I've experiences it, all the rules went out the window for SSO!
Jennifer McNeil
01:05:58
True story it seems!
Holly Hungerford Cocking
01:06:11
I'm operating sites right next to other feeding sites and sites without area eligibility.
Holly Hungerford Cocking
01:06:21
All approved by the CDE.
Miguel Villarreal
01:06:51
Awesome Stephanie!!
Michael Jochner
01:06:54
Yeah Stephanie!!
Nick Anicich
01:07:03
So great!! Thank you Stephanie!
Stephanie Bruce
01:07:27
Thank you all. I have another zoom meeting in one minute. Great job everyone. Keep up the great work
suzanne Lugotoff
01:07:31
Please send cafeteria safety signage.
anita ruiz
01:07:40
this was an awesome call, thank you for hosting
suzanne Lugotoff
01:07:46
Thank you
Nora Stewart
01:08:00
Thank you Lunch Assist and Center for Ecoliteracy! Great call today
Maddy Moritsch
01:08:02
Thank you for hosting the call!
Jacqueline Ibarra
01:08:05
Will you be sending out this presentation?
Deborah Friedman
01:08:10
Thank you - this is so helpful
Jacqueline Ibarra
01:08:13
Thank you for a great call!
Nora Stewart
01:08:17
my email: nstewart@sdchip.org if anyone wants to reach out about local San Diego County farmers
Jenileigh Harris
01:08:27
Thank you!
Naomi Shadwell
01:08:36
Sorry, my mic isn't working. We emailed the CDE at the beginning to receive clarification about emergency procurement. The CDE clarified that we could use emergency procurement and recommended keeping Governor Newsom's initial announcement.
Brian Chiarito
01:08:40
Thanks to everyone
Kris Vander Weele
01:08:41
Thank you so much!
Jane Banister
01:08:48
Thank you
Leyla Marandi
01:08:51
Thank you Naomi! We’ll share that out
Brenda Ruiz
01:08:56
thank you!
Jennifer McNeil
01:08:59
Thanks team!