Zoom Logo

Community of Practice: Emergency Food Service - Shared screen with speaker view
Jennifer McNeil
28:29
Hi Everyone - Welcome to the Community Call! Please share your name, agency or district name, and one thing you appreciate about school nutrition heroes!
Eric Holliday
29:05
Eric Holliday, Alvord Unified, appreciate the dedication during these crazy times.
Eric Holliday
29:08
Good Morning!
Cyndi Dean
29:26
Hi Everyone,
Nick Anicich
29:44
Hi Everyone! I'm Nick Anicich, I'm the Farm to School Program Lead with CDFA. I appreciate the community focus of school nutrition professionals!
Emily Pia
29:46
Emily Pia from No Kid Hungry in
Cristina Obregon
30:04
Cristina Obregon, Whittier City SD, Their love for the children and their community.
Nora Stewart
30:07
Nora Stewart, CHIP's Farm to Institution Center in San Diego County - I am very proud of school nutrition service professionals for all their creativity and hard work!
Leslie Pring
30:10
Leslie Pring, Twin Rivers USD ( Sacramento area), I appreciate staffs unwavering dedication to serving their communities.
Laura Jacobo
30:10
Good morning from Woodlake. Thankful for LunchAssist!
Melina Barker
30:11
Hello everyone! My name is Melina Barker, I am the Program Coordinator for the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network. Thanks for letting me join the call. I appreciate the creativity I see in our food service partners during this challenging time.
Kristin Zellhart
30:28
Hi everyone! Kristin Zellhart from Eat REAL Certified. I appreciate how much our school heroes care about their kids and communities and show up smiling and ready to serve every single day!
Barbara Hughes
30:54
Good morning! Barbara Hughes from County of SD HHSA. Appreciate the tireless hours you all put in to serve your families.
Deborah Friedman
30:55
Hi everyone, I’m Debbie Friedman with Food Climate Strategies. I appreciate the spirit of collaboration and dedication to the health and wellness of our kids and communities.
Erin Primer
31:03
Hi All! Erin Primer, Food Service Director at San Luis Coastal Unified. I appreciate how much everyone truly cares about feeding kids; especially in such an uncertain time!
Jenileigh Harris
31:10
Jenileigh Harris, National Farm to School Network, based in Colorado and I appreciate their determination to feed whole communities!
Michael Jochner
31:16
MHUSD - I use the “Super-Hero” definition which states, it’s “a real person who in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage, and strength.”
Emily Pia
31:46
Emily Pia from No Kid Hungry in Washington DC. Appreciate everything you're doing, especially the resourcefulness that school nutrition staff are employing to make sure kids are fed, despite so many ongoing challenges. You're all rockstars!
Janelle Manzano, SD Unifie
31:51
Hello everyone! I’m Janelle Manzano with San Diego Unified. I appreciate school nutrition heroes for the positivity they give to the families coming for meals.
Laurel Goins
32:24
Hi everyone. Laurel Goins LMUSD here. So happy everyone is still working hard to feed our kiddos!
Cyndi Dean
32:25
Good morning from Fresno. I'm Cyndi with the Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. I'm the Physical Education, Wellness and Nutrition. I appreciate the dedication of our County Schools feeding and sending love to our students with the message of we are all in this together :>
Elizabeth Vaughan
32:38
Elizabeth Vaughan, Friends of the Earth. Child Nutrition staff are rockstars and nothing can hold them back!
Chela Cooper
32:57
Hello everyone. I'm Chela Cooper, a School Nutrition Programs Ops Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. I really appreciate the resourcefulness of School Nutrition Professionals, and the willingness of so many to share resource to keep feeding the kids.
Deirdre Kleske
32:59
Deirdre Kleske, County of San Diego HHSA, happy to see everyone!
Gail Gousha
33:05
Hello! My name is Danielle Gaffen and I am a current dietetic intern through Utah State University. Gail Gousha from Escondido Union School District invited me to this webinar! I am incredibly grateful to Gail — even during a pandemic that she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with future nutrition professionals. She is my super hero.
Nora Stewart
33:33
I saw this Gail as well! So funny!
Kat Soltanmorad
33:45
Hi everyone, Kat Soltanmorad, RDN from Tahoe Truckee USD Food Services!
Nora Stewart
34:17
So proud of you Gail!
Valeria La Rosa
34:46
Valeria La Rosa, Life Time Foundation. I so appreciate how you are all giving your all to serve the kids and your communities! I'm so so thankful <3
Kat Soltanmorad
34:50
Super hero= our child nutrition team, warehouse team and custodians helping us clean kitchens everyday.
Rosa Rubio
35:50
Hi Everyone, I am Rosa Rubio from Calistoga JUSD, I am grateful for all the staff members who come in to help serve meals to students in our community! Without them this is impossible.
Leyla Marandi
38:00
Welcome, welcome!
Jennifer McNeil
38:06
What has been most helpful about these calls? Would you like to see them continue? If so would monthly or every other week calls be sufficient?
Julianna Roberts
39:23
Good Morning Everyone, thanks for this call for us. My name is Julianna Robert and I am the F&N administrator for Butte County Office of Education
Laurel Goins
39:44
OMG. I love that
Kat Soltanmorad
40:23
Love Turlock!!! Best roasted chickens!
Laurel Goins
40:42
Nice Job Erin
Miguel Villarreal
41:26
Weekly Jen. Our programs are extremely fluid and I think that we need to stay connected.
Vince Caguin
41:36
Great job as always Erin
Kat Soltanmorad
42:30
Biweekly would be helpful.
Laurel Goins
43:23
biweekly would be great for these calls
Leslie Pring
43:42
These calls are extremely helpful, weekly or biweekly would be great. Thank you!
Leyla Marandi
47:30
Appreciate everyone’s feedback!
Miguel Villarreal
47:52
We are going to start making phone calls to our most needy families in our community. We are utilizing our CN Staff who are at home during C-19.
Leyla Marandi
48:08
^^ That’s a great system Miguel
Leslie Pring
48:30
great idea Miguel!
Leyla Marandi
52:26
Shout out to Erin @ San Luis Coastal for sharing her beautiful flyer :) Love the talking points on here!
Kat Soltanmorad
54:59
Unfortunately the waiver does not consider SSO sites that currently are >60% severe need due to the COVID economy. How can CEP be approved this year if severe need for SSO will not without a 2 year history?
Jennifer McNeil
55:59
How many are planning to potentially apple for CEP this year?
Laurel Goins
56:12
Lucia MAr Unified will try for a few sites.
Stephanie Bruce
56:24
It doesn't go by severe need, it goes by directly certified students only. CalPADs at the state is typically 3 months behind. The June extract should have anyone who applied in March.
Patricia Baugus
56:28
We will continue CEP, only if our ISP #'s increase
Barbara Hughes
56:29
And >50% FRPM gives schools free nutrition education materials/workshops/PSEs through the CalFresh Healthy Living program.
Laurel Goins
56:31
we have some stes are running PRov 2 that I may switch over
Anna Severns
56:43
has anyone found the new CACFP Q&A that USDA mentioned on the SNA webinar yesterday?
Ed Burke
56:45
We are evaluating our school sites. Enrollment drop may negatively impact our eligibility.
Cristina Obregon
56:57
Whittier City will be looking into this possibility and monitor DC extracts in May and June.
Stephanie Bruce
57:04
Palm Springs is currently CEP but will be recertifying this year. We are only in year 3, but can't pass up the opportunity to get another 4 years
Michael Jochner
58:41
MHUSD already committed to distance on-line learning. SSO will continue.
Stephanie Bruce
59:00
Work with your Homeless Liason in your district. They will be a great help with CEP certification
Laurel Goins
59:28
I signed this just before this meeting!
Jennifer McNeil
01:00:23
What type of summer program will you operate, if any, after the last day of school?
Stephanie Bruce
01:00:29
We are continuing serving as we are currently until further notice
Kat Soltanmorad
01:01:06
Hi Stephanie, Severe need via SSO reimbursement is what I'm hoping the waivers will address or modify for this school year. The loss in revenue is tremendous; we need all the funds we can get.
Laurel Goins
01:01:32
the current waiver for non congregate feeding waiver expires June 30 so we will continue the same program serving into summer until the June 30th.
Stephanie Bruce
01:01:38
Sorry Kat, I misunderstood.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:02:06
Thanks for your insight!
Kat Soltanmorad
01:03:27
SSO everyday until the first day of school; we hope the waivers continue but our district has committed to offering the same meal services. I am staggering staff to allow them to have time off in 10 day increments. Throughout the summer. Our Boys and Girls Club will take over one school site for the summer.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:03:45
YEP, thanks Jennifer. Absolutely.
Erin Primer
01:04:04
exactly!
Deborah Friedman
01:04:08
yes!
Nora Stewart
01:04:23
well said!
Leslie Pring
01:04:34
THANK YOU JEN!
Laurel Goins
01:04:45
hallelujah
Jennifer McNeil
01:04:47
Mic drop
Mary Mathieu-Ruiz
01:04:53
Absolutely!
Michael Jochner
01:04:54
The one time we need SNA, they fail. I doubt I'll renew my membership.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:05:09
SNA and AND have a letter generating...let me find the link
Gail Gousha
01:05:14
well said jennifer
Stephanie Bruce
01:05:16
I know there is a meeting happening as I type with Sonny Perdue about the waivers and continuing them. I can't imagine that they won't. His office has been receptive to all of these requests. I believe they are waiting to see how the reopning of the country happens before making that decision.
Miguel Villarreal
01:05:27
YES!! Come to the “table” SNA or we will ask you to move along as an organization that is NOT looking out for the best interest of the CN staff around the country.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:06:08
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdph9Qg2OT7Cq2UAbC2No96I6lh_VAfJVEvtvz11pSbdeKf-Q/viewform
Miguel Villarreal
01:06:11
Here, here, Jennifer!
Leyla Marandi
01:06:20
That’s a good point Stephanie. I think the variation across different state in how we “re open” is one of the challenges too.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:06:31
SNA, AND and Urban School Food Alliance are asking for additional funding. Checkout the letter and sign on to support it if you agree.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:07:05
"We urge Congress to provide $2.6 billion to mitigate a portion of the estimated, significant financial loss that school nutrition programs have and will continue to experience. We appreciate your consideration of this request."
Jennifer McNeil
01:07:10
Thanks, Kat. I signed that letter as well!
Jennifer McNeil
01:07:42
Here is the letter from No Kid Hungry to extend the waivers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD_3Txb5UFD2amcSyEp9523wxyEhgncydAVs_JnpMerYF4CQ/viewform
Kat Soltanmorad
01:07:45
We need to be made whole with the lost revenue, additional staff and supplies needed to provide these meals.
Stephanie Bruce
01:07:54
SNA was the first to knock on the door. Not sure where they have failed. They have partnered with several other orgnizations to voice our concerns. Enlighten me via email if you would. sbruce@psusd.us
Jennifer McNeil
01:08:35
The public facing advocacy so far from SNA has been on waivers rather than funding requests.
Kat Soltanmorad
01:10:37
Go Miguel and team! This is great!
Eric Holliday
01:10:54
Nice job Miguel! I love this. Putting a face to the crisis, and the essential staff, providing meals.
kelly donahue
01:11:00
Great post Miguel!
Megan Flynn
01:11:10
Way to go, Miguel & team!!
Jennifer McNeil
01:11:17
Hi Everyone - what ways are you showing appreciation to your team?
Miguel Villarreal
01:11:38
Does anyone have access to the TIME magazine featuring the Dallas CN staff? Please let me know. Message me privately and I will be glad to pay you for those magazines! Thank you
Miguel Villarreal
01:11:52
Thanks to ALL of YOU!!
Kat Soltanmorad
01:13:21
Working closely with our PIO we are fortunate to get local media coverage almost weekly highlighting our amazing team!
Kat Soltanmorad
01:13:23
https://www.sierrasun.com/news/still-serving-schools-hand-out-1900-free-meals-per-day-service-expected-through-june-12/
Stephanie Bruce
01:14:05
Our local news has done a few stories on our staff. The local paper did a school hero wears aprons piece.
Jennifer McNeil
01:14:18
That’s awesome Steph - can you share with us?
Leyla Marandi
01:14:34
Love that, Kat! Thank you for sharing. Great photos, too.
Stephanie Bruce
01:14:49
I will find the links and forward them
Vince Caguin
01:15:22
For districts doing CACFP at risk suppers. Are you keeping a roster?
Laurel Goins
01:16:00
how are people able to serve supper and lunch? I thought SSFO only allowed 2 meals daily.
Dee Abbema
01:16:03
This is a comment not a question. I so love the idea of putting a positive note in the students lunch bags and I will begin doing this in my district. Thanks so much for the idea !!!!1
Kat Soltanmorad
01:16:40
We also highlight our team once a week on Facebook, the highest number of "likes" since we tracked our FB posts are related to food services staff and their selfless work!
Stephanie Bruce
01:16:40
No. There are not necessay, but you did need to notify your CN consultant to let them know the process you are using
Michael Jochner
01:16:59
Sites running the CACFP supper keep their rosters, I have not asked for them.
Laurel Goins
01:17:02
I was just typing that Stephanie
Stephanie Bruce
01:17:11
LOL Laurel...Great minds
Nick Anicich
01:17:30
FFVP Update? Do kids have to be present? Has anyone heard about allowing districts to use FFVP $ if original school site is closed due to COVID?
Janelle Manzano, SD Unifie
01:17:43
Have other school districts addressed special diets? If so - what does that look like for you?
Stephanie Bruce
01:18:13
I had my very first civil rights violation over special diets through this process! Grrrr
Erin Primer
01:18:44
we’re asking families to dress up/decorate cars/flash their lights during our drive thru meal pick up next week to celebrate lunch hero day!
Shannon Illingworth
01:18:52
We have just been addressing special diet requests over the phone…not asking for medical statements, just accommodating. Most are gluten free requests
Stephanie Bruce
01:19:38
We are providing ingredients to the meals. we can't manage special diets when providing 25,000+ meals a day
Dee Abbema
01:21:36
We make salads daily for anyone needing a special diet. They just request it when they pull up.
Miguel Villarreal
01:23:30
Agree Stephanie! We know how to serve healthy food and we know that we are doing the very best we can for our students
Jayes
01:23:33
but receipts for ffvp go to USDA so makes us nervous
Brian Chiarito
01:23:40
Stephanie - I agree.
Miguel Villarreal
01:24:29
We should highlight the work of the manufactures and distributors. They have also had to pivot during C-19
Miguel Villarreal
01:25:45
Include local farmers and other local businesses that also had to pivot
Leyla Marandi
01:25:58
^^ Definitely
Leyla Marandi
01:26:32
leyla@ecoliteracy.org
Stephanie Bruce
01:26:52
Great job! Thank you for this much needed weekly chat and information. It is so very appreiciated.
Laurel Goins
01:27:06
^^ this
Leyla Marandi
01:27:12
<3
Nora Stewart
01:27:35
Thank you!
Eric Holliday
01:27:39
Thank you so much, this was very helpful, and provides great information.
Kristin Zellhart
01:27:48
Thank you!
Brenda Ruiz
01:27:49
thank you!
Jennifer McNeil
01:27:54
Thank you everyone!
Julianna Roberts
01:27:55
Thanks this was helpful
Valeria La Rosa
01:27:59
Thanks so much!!