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, Alvord Unified, appreciate the dedication during these crazy times.
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 from No Kid Hungry in
Cristina Obregon, Whittier City SD, Their love for the children and their community.
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, Twin Rivers USD ( Sacramento area), I appreciate staffs unwavering dedication to serving their communities.
Good morning from Woodlake. Thankful for LunchAssist!
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.
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!
Good morning! Barbara Hughes from County of SD HHSA. Appreciate the tireless hours you all put in to serve your families.
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.
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, National Farm to School Network, based in Colorado and I appreciate their determination to feed whole communities!
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 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
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.
Hi everyone. Laurel Goins LMUSD here. So happy everyone is still working hard to feed our kiddos!
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, Friends of the Earth. Child Nutrition staff are rockstars and nothing can hold them back!
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, County of San Diego HHSA, happy to see everyone!
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.
I saw this Gail as well! So funny!
Hi everyone, Kat Soltanmorad, RDN from Tahoe Truckee USD Food Services!
So proud of you Gail!
Valeria La Rosa
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
Super hero= our child nutrition team, warehouse team and custodians helping us clean kitchens everyday.
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.
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?
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
OMG. I love that
Love Turlock!!! Best roasted chickens!
Nice Job Erin
Weekly Jen. Our programs are extremely fluid and I think that we need to stay connected.
Great job as always Erin
Biweekly would be helpful.
biweekly would be great for these calls
These calls are extremely helpful, weekly or biweekly would be great. Thank you!
Appreciate everyone’s feedback!
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.
^^ That’s a great system Miguel
great idea Miguel!
Shout out to Erin @ San Luis Coastal for sharing her beautiful flyer :) Love the talking points on here!
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?
How many are planning to potentially apple for CEP this year?
Lucia MAr Unified will try for a few sites.
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.
We will continue CEP, only if our ISP #'s increase
And >50% FRPM gives schools free nutrition education materials/workshops/PSEs through the CalFresh Healthy Living program.
we have some stes are running PRov 2 that I may switch over
has anyone found the new CACFP Q&A that USDA mentioned on the SNA webinar yesterday?
We are evaluating our school sites. Enrollment drop may negatively impact our eligibility.
Whittier City will be looking into this possibility and monitor DC extracts in May and June.
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
MHUSD already committed to distance on-line learning. SSO will continue.
Work with your Homeless Liason in your district. They will be a great help with CEP certification
I signed this just before this meeting!
What type of summer program will you operate, if any, after the last day of school?
We are continuing serving as we are currently until further notice
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.
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.
Sorry Kat, I misunderstood.
Thanks for your insight!
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.
YEP, thanks Jennifer. Absolutely.
THANK YOU JEN!
The one time we need SNA, they fail. I doubt I'll renew my membership.
SNA and AND have a letter generating...let me find the link
well said jennifer
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.
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.
Here, here, Jennifer!
That’s a good point Stephanie. I think the variation across different state in how we “re open” is one of the challenges too.
SNA, AND and Urban School Food Alliance are asking for additional funding. Checkout the letter and sign on to support it if you agree.
"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."
Thanks, Kat. I signed that letter as well!
Here is the letter from No Kid Hungry to extend the waivers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD_3Txb5UFD2amcSyEp9523wxyEhgncydAVs_JnpMerYF4CQ/viewform
We need to be made whole with the lost revenue, additional staff and supplies needed to provide these meals.
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. email@example.com
The public facing advocacy so far from SNA has been on waivers rather than funding requests.
Go Miguel and team! This is great!
Nice job Miguel! I love this. Putting a face to the crisis, and the essential staff, providing meals.
Great post Miguel!
Way to go, Miguel & team!!
Hi Everyone - what ways are you showing appreciation to your team?
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
Thanks to ALL of YOU!!
Working closely with our PIO we are fortunate to get local media coverage almost weekly highlighting our amazing team!
Our local news has done a few stories on our staff. The local paper did a school hero wears aprons piece.
That’s awesome Steph - can you share with us?
Love that, Kat! Thank you for sharing. Great photos, too.
I will find the links and forward them
For districts doing CACFP at risk suppers. Are you keeping a roster?
how are people able to serve supper and lunch? I thought SSFO only allowed 2 meals daily.
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
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!
No. There are not necessay, but you did need to notify your CN consultant to let them know the process you are using
Sites running the CACFP supper keep their rosters, I have not asked for them.
I was just typing that Stephanie
LOL Laurel...Great minds
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
Have other school districts addressed special diets? If so - what does that look like for you?
I had my very first civil rights violation over special diets through this process! Grrrr
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!
We have just been addressing special diet requests over the phone…not asking for medical statements, just accommodating. Most are gluten free requests
We are providing ingredients to the meals. we can't manage special diets when providing 25,000+ meals a day
We make salads daily for anyone needing a special diet. They just request it when they pull up.
Agree Stephanie! We know how to serve healthy food and we know that we are doing the very best we can for our students
but receipts for ffvp go to USDA so makes us nervous
Stephanie - I agree.
We should highlight the work of the manufactures and distributors. They have also had to pivot during C-19
Include local farmers and other local businesses that also had to pivot
Great job! Thank you for this much needed weekly chat and information. It is so very appreiciated.
Thank you so much, this was very helpful, and provides great information.
Thank you everyone!
Thanks this was helpful
Valeria La Rosa
Thanks so much!!