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Community of Practice Call December 3, 2020

Community of Practice Call December 3, 2020

About this Series

The Center for Ecoliteracy and LunchAssist host regular Community of Practice calls where we review the latest policy updates and highlight tools, best practices, and lessons learned from school districts and allied organizations across the state of California. This free series offers an opportunity for districts to connect with one another, share ideas, and build connections with community partners and government agencies around the state.

December 3, 2020 Call

Leadership Panel with Robert "Bob" Gorman from Parma City School District (OH), and Kristin Hilleman from Capistrano Unified School District (CA)

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    00:19:21
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Welcome! Please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box. Also, what's one holiday tradition you're continuing or adapting this year?

    00:20:17
    Rebecca Ward:
    Good morning! Rebecca Ward, Acalanes SD. Making smoked sturgeon dip for NYE!

    00:20:19
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Welcome! Please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box. Also, what's one holiday tradition you're continuing or adapting this year?

    00:20:30
    Hollie Hillard:
    Hollie Hillard, Kitchen Manager, Sand Creek Michigan Making Cheeseballs with my family

    00:20:34
    Brook Stephenson:
    Brook Stephenson, FSD, Santa Maria Joint Union High school-CA,

    00:20:46
    Noi Whitener:
    Good Morning, this is Noi Whitener from Chawanakee Unified School District Food Service Manager.

    00:20:46
    Janette Broda:
    Janette Broda, NCDPI, homemade Christmas pickles!!

    00:20:48
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Mickinzie Lopez, LunchAssist - Cutting down our own Christmas tree!

    00:20:50
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    My name is Alexa Norstad. I’m the Director of Programs and the Center for Ecoliteracy. My family is practicing a LOT of gratitude this holiday season. We started all the way back in March!

    00:20:52
    DEBBIE AUSTIN:
    Debbie Austin Mountain view Whisman School District

    00:20:55
    Rosa Rubio:
    Rosa Rubio from Calistoga JUSD 

    00:20:55
    MARISOL CORTEZ:
    Marisol Cortez, Temple City Unified School District 

    00:20:56
    Melody Rollison:
    Melody Rollison

    00:20:57
    Regina Salmon:
    Regina Salmon, Fortuna, CA

    00:21:00
    Polly Houston:
    Polly Houston - Lennox School District

    00:21:00
    Stephanie Bruce:
    Stephanie Bruce, Palm Springs USD - Hot Chocolate bombs!!!!!!

    00:21:06
    Laurel Goins:
    Laurel Goins Lucia mar Unified. 

    00:21:08
    Amy Hedrick-Farr:
    Amy Hedrick-Farr, Director at Santa Cruz City Schools. Making cheesecakes!

    00:21:09
    Erin Primer:
    Good morning! Erin Primer from San Luis Coastal (FSD) - I love this time of year - listening to holiday music and driving around to see lights with my fam :) 

    00:21:11
    Lisa White:
    Lisa White, San Ramon Valley Unified

    00:21:12
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    What is a hot chocolate bomb?!?!

    00:21:12
    Annie Aung:
    Annie Aung-Wiseburn USD

    00:21:14
    Robert Lewis:
    Dr. Robert, Sant Clarita, CEO, celebrates the tradition of watching every version of a Christmas Carol.

    00:21:16
    Sarah Prince:
    Sarah Prince - McMinn County School District, TN

    00:21:16
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Stephanie, I want one of your hot chocolate bombs!!

    00:21:21
    K’Lynn Mitchell:
    K’Lynn Mitchell, Dietetic Intern, decorating my living room with grandma, will try to do a hot chocolate charcuterie for something new!

    00:21:22
    Cynthia Long:
    Cindy Long, Loleta School...making cookies

    00:21:22
    Jessica Shelly:
    Jessica Shelly ... Director of Student Dining at Cincinnati Public Schools (OH).  Looking forward to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass (virtually, of course)

    00:21:23
    Suzanne Yamanishi:
    Suzanne Yamanishi, Food Service Manager, Southside School in Hollister, Letting my kids do the decorating this year (16 & 18 year olds)

    00:21:23
    Nadia Kelem:
    Nadia Kelem, FoodCorps/ Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network, (Bend, Oregon) - virtual menorah lighting with my family

    00:21:27
    Jeremy Milarsky:
    Jeremy Milarsky, Univ of Missouri / No Kid Hungry Missouri. We had salmon instead of turkey for Thanksgiving this year, which actually worked out well. :-)

    00:21:28
    Naomi Shadwell:
    Naomi Shadwell, San Marcos USD. Lots of baking!

    00:21:29
    Suzanne King:
    Suzie King, Cotati-Rohnert Park USD, Food Service Coordinator

    00:21:29
    GAIL GOUSHA:
    Gail Gousha, Hunger Free Kids, San Diego Hunger Coalition

    00:21:29
    DEBBIE AUSTIN:
    Baking fancy cakes and chocolate covered strawberries

    00:21:30
    Melody Rollison:
    Melody Rollison - Food Service Coordinator Dixie County, FL

    00:21:30
    Marianne Heuchert:
    Marianne Heuchert, Office Manger for Food Service Dept (for Bethany Markee). For the Holiday just trying not to take for granted family time)

    00:21:32
    Eric Enciso:
    Eric Enciso, Director Nutrition Services, Colton Joint USD - California - Playing Games After Dinner

    00:21:33
    Amy Garfinkel:
    Hello! Amy Garfinkel, CA Dept. of Food and Ag, Farm to School Network Lead. 

    00:21:38
    Darlene Morrow:
    Good Morning, Darlene Morrow, Prosser, Wa. Director. This year we put up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving!!!

    00:21:48
    Antoinette Pearce:
    Antoinette Pearce, Assistant Director, Compton Unified School District 

    00:21:50
    Erica Lee:
    Good Morning! Erica Lee, Student Wellness Coordinator, Robla School District--Christmas pajamas!

    00:21:50
    Noi Whitener:
    I'm going for a real Christmas tree this year, while there's still some up in the mountains where I live, especially after the horrid fires.

    00:21:59
    Emma Finn:
    Emma Finn with Friends of the Earth here. I'm celebrating all the way across the country in Florida this year, so I won't be seeing snow, but I'll still be making a Buche de Noel!

    00:22:01
    Emily Cena:
    Emily Cena, Director of Food & Nutrition, Ramona Unified School District (San Diego County).  Lighting Advent candles before dinner each night

    00:22:02
    Rachel Waugh:
    Hi everyone! Rachel Waugh, Online Programs Coordinator for the Chef Ann Foundation. Candlemaking!

    00:22:06
    Micha James:
    Micha James, NS Director, MPUSD. Rethinking NYE!

    00:22:06
    Beth Haas:
    Beth Haas Nebraska Dept. Ed  building  virtual gingerbread house with my grandchildren.

    00:22:07
    Jamie Anderson:
    Good morning from Banta School District!

    00:22:08
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Welcome! If you just joined, please introduce yourself by typing your name, position, and where you work into the chat box. Also, what's one holiday tradition you're continuing or adapting this year?

    00:22:09
    Kristin Hilleman:
    Hello,

    00:22:12
    Susan Delgado:
    Susan Delgado, Director, Mountain View School District - We continue with our traditional Danish Christmas meal on Christmas day.

    00:22:15
    Amanda Bast:
    Amanda Bast, Nutrition Coordinator for SFE in partnership with Ferguson-Florissant School District in MO. :)

    00:22:20
    Kristin Hilleman:
    Kristin Hilleman from Capistrano USD

    00:22:20
    Abby Halperin | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Morning! Abby Halperin from the Center for Ecoliteracy. One holiday tradition: latkes!

    00:22:21
    Lynley Connor:
    Lynley Connor, COO  TopNotch Catering, giving memories rather than gifts:)

    00:22:24
    Geri Lorenzana:
    Geri Lorenzana, Mountain View School District, Nutrition Specialist. Charlie Brown Christmas special!

    00:22:24
    Julia Oberst:
    Julia Oberst, Coordinator of Food  Nutrition Services, School Board of Levy County, Florida

    00:22:33
    Christina Hecht:
    Hi everyone, happy December!  Christina Hecht at UC Nutrition Policy Institute. Christmas cookie baking! Candlelight. Appreciating our family & friends from afar this year.

    00:22:34
    MaryAnn Mills:
    MaryAnn Mills, Program Manager, CalFresh Healthy Living, UC

    00:22:35
    Joe Shumate:
    Joe Shumate, Director of Communications, San Diego Hunger Coalition. Making latkes and playing dreidel with the little ones!

    00:22:37
    Leigh Ann Bozung:
    Hello, good morning.  Lakeside California here!

    00:23:00
    Nora Stewart:
    Nora Stewart, Program Manager for Farm to Institution Center at Community Health Improvement Partners in San Diego, CA. I also love Christmas cookie baking!

    00:23:20
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Find out more about LunchAssist PRO here: https://www.lunchassist.org/join

    00:23:25
    mmurphy:
    Good Morning!  Melinda Murphy, Dietary Manager, San Diego Center for Children.

    00:23:34
    Kristin Hilleman:
    Our holiday tradition is to have A Christmas Story on for the 24 hours it runs on Christmas Day :-)

    00:23:58
    ANNA FISHER:
    Anna Fisher, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, School Nutrition Program Coordinator. Looking forward to Holiday baking

    00:25:16
    Krysta Williams | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Good morning everyone! Krysta from Center for Ecoliteracy.  I’m looking forward to making holiday cookies and cinnamon rolls!

    00:25:32
    Micha James:
    Congratulations Leyla!!!

    00:26:07
    Erin Primer:
    Congrats to Leyla and Jen!!

    00:26:07
    Emma Finn:
    GAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! WHAT AN ADORABLE BEBE! Congrats, Jen!

    00:26:17
    Susan Dalandan:
    Susan Dalandan, Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council, PA

    00:26:18
    Nora Stewart:
    Congratulations to Leyla and Jen!!

    00:26:19
    Marianne Heuchert:
    congrats Jen!!!!

    00:26:20
    Amanda Mascia:
    Congratulations, both!

    00:26:22
    Christina Hecht:
    Woohoo!!  Congrats to you both!!

    00:26:25
    Suzanne King:
    Congratulations, Layla and family!

    00:26:26
    Noi Whitener:
    Best Wishes to you Leyla, and Merry Christmas!

    00:26:29
    Kristin Hilleman:
    Congratulations!!!

    00:26:31
    Emily Cena:
    Such wonderful news, ladies!  :)

    00:26:33
    Naomi Shadwell:
    Congratulations, Jen and family! She's beautiful!

    00:26:34
    Carolyn Vega:
    So beautiful!!! Congrats, Jen! And you will be missed, Leyla!

    00:26:38
    Lily Ivanov:
    Congrats Jen!!  She is too cute!

    00:26:40
    Susan Dalandan:
    Congrats, Jen! Real hope for our future!

    00:26:43
    Brenda Ruiz:
    awww! congratulations!

    00:26:49
    Melody Rollison:
    Congratulations!

    00:26:50
    Frances Montoya:
    What a Beautiful Baby!

    00:26:56
    Cassandra Bahr:
    Congratulations Jen!  So happy for you.

    00:27:09
    Geri Lorenzana:
    Beautiful Little Blessing for the New Year! Congratulations!

    00:27:26
    Miguel Villarreal:
    CONGRTULATIONS to you and your beautiful family!   

    00:27:45
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Register for next month’s call: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upYtde-uqTIp5W3YWMxHDzNjEWcAj6n7Fg

    00:29:26
    Debbi Dodson:
    I would like that persimmon and apple salad recipe.  Sounds delicious.

    00:29:40
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    See their recipe and newsletter here: https://srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1531973258656/1589354172769/1649062784188674361.pdf

    00:29:57
    Debbi Dodson:
    Thanks Alexa.

    00:30:08
    Polly Houston:
    Congratulations!

    00:31:04
    Michael Jochner:
    Christmas Hams - make it happen for your districts!! 

    00:31:44
    Nora Stewart:
    Wow Lynley! Really wonderful to see the great impact of Top Notch!

    00:32:06
    Christina Hecht:
    Love it all  :-)  You all are amazing.

    00:32:24
    Cassandra Bahr:
    So inspiring!

    00:33:23
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    QUESTION: What is the limit on number of days you can served at one time in your State?

    00:33:29
    Lynley Connor:
    Thank you so much Lunch Assist and everyone!  Team effort always :)

    00:34:02
    Suzanne King:
    California allows us to send out 7 days

    00:34:09
    GAIL GOUSHA:
    CA is only 7 days per Gurjeet today

    00:34:55
    Brook Stephenson:
    Will that push back all ARs a year?

    00:36:10
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    For those interested in the P-EBT Extension resources:P-EBT Extension FAQs: https://www.scusd.edu/sites/main/files/file-attachments/p-ebt_extension_faq.pdf?1605035395 

    00:36:10
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    P-EBT Extension Flyers: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

    00:36:25
    Rebecca Ward:
    volume keeps bugging out

    00:36:26
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Brook, are you in California? it probably will, we are following closely any updates on ARs, stay tuned! 

    00:36:28
    Frances Montoya:
    Will Pre K be included for P-EBT 2.0?

    00:36:38
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    P-EBT support has been challenging. We have parents who never received their first card. Local Calfresh offices do not provide support. 

    00:37:15
    Rebecca Ward:
    for PBT .2 we should have new families complete the new form in order to be eleigilbe for it?

    00:37:36
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    USDA FNS Documents & Resources: https://www.fns.usda.gov/resources?keywords=&f%5B0%5D=program%3A9069&page=0

    00:37:44
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    USDA Off-site Monitoring Fact Sheets for CN Programs: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/site-monitoring-fact-sheets-child-nutrition-programs

    00:37:44
    Amanda Mascia:
    Brenda, where did you get confirmation about AltIncome Forms for P-EBT? We had heard it was likely they’d be accepted because they were the last time, but not 100% because a plan had not been submitted from the state…

    00:37:50
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Rebecca, there is a P-EBT Helpline

    00:37:57
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    P-EBT Cardholder Support
    Families that have already received a P-EBT card and need assistance with PINset up, need to request a replacement card, or did not receive their card in the mail as expected, may contact the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 office for help.

    00:37:58
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Details about the Proposed Rule: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/fr-112520 (comments currently being accepted)

    00:38:17
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    You can take the Center for Ecoliteracy’s survey here to tell California policymakers about your budget deficits and why they should provide more funding for school food in the January Budget: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Dec2020StateFundingforSchoolFood

    00:38:19
    Susan Dalandan:
    P-EBT 2.0 will include children 0-5 (daycare), but USDA has not issued guidance yet, according to our state update from USDA on Tuesday.

    00:38:29
    Kat Soltanmorad:
    Also families who had issues with birthdate or mailing address, finally received their card only to try to use it ...no funds. The P-EBT office shared the funds were there for a limited time? Anyone else experiencing this? 

    00:38:33
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    No Kid Hungry Grant Application: http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/resource/increase-food-security-among-young-children-0-5-years-old-grant-opportunity

    00:38:42
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Link to register for No Kid Hungry Grant Webinar: https://strength.zoom.us/j/93344888243

    00:38:48
    Christina Hecht:
    Hi everyone, this one is for you! Believe it or not, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) was signed by President Barack Obama 10 years ago on December 13th! Schools and school districts — YOU ALL! — have gone above and beyond to implement changes from the HHFKA, like incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in meals, reduce sodium, increase access, update local wellness policies and offer healthier snacks. To celebrate 10 years of the HHFKA, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is showcasing the great work of school foodservice programs across the nation on their social media platforms! Please take advantage of this opportunity to give yourselves a shout out and be featured on the CSPI social media pages. Interested school nutrition programs should fill out this form by December 8th:

    00:38:48
    Christina Hecht:
    See the pages: https://www.facebook.com/cspinet

    00:38:48
    Christina Hecht:
    https://twitter.com/cspi

    00:38:48
    Christina Hecht:
    https://www.instagram.com/cspi_nutritionaction/

    00:39:01
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Farm to School Grant Application: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329449

    00:39:23
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    CDC Healthy Schools Partner Promotion Toolkit: https://spark.adobe.com/page/skpch0hssBNLD/

    00:39:48
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    School Food Service Safety Precautions for School Nutrition Programs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vjt8SwfVp2eSg9VIYfEBUNhk1fIiUVe7/view?usp=sharing

    00:39:53
    Caitlin Merlo:
    Thank you for sharing the CDC Partner toolkit!

    00:40:41
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Register for the Healthy, Climate-friendly School Food Webinar Series: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrfumgrD0tHNJEcHCKDXMS9OnUh3v8mxQP

    00:40:42
    Elizabeth Vaughan:
    Thanks for sharing!! foe.org/schoolfoodwebinars for registration

    00:41:12
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Thank you everyone for sharing your resources :) 

    00:42:25
    Stephanie Bruce:
    Kristin is a ROCKSTAR!!!!

    00:43:44
    Brenda Ruiz:
    @francesmontoya unknown at this time. that is the plan to include preK in 2.0 but awaiting USDA guidance.

    00:44:03
    Frances Montoya:
    Thank you!

    00:44:09
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Thank you for responding to that question Chef Brenda!

    00:45:44
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Uh oh

    00:45:55
    Laurel Goins:
    gumby-fy… best description ever!

    00:46:28
    Miguel Villarreal:
    Friday, March 13th is burnt into our minds forever more!  

    00:46:29
    Patricia Baugus:
    Gumby-fy-- totally agree!

    00:47:37
    Lisa White:
    Miguel, I agree! "Friday, March 13th is burnt into our minds forever more!"

    00:48:12
    Stephanie Bruce:
    And that is the challenge!!  Well versed Kristin.  COVID Fatigue is real and our staff is feeling it more and more as each day passes.

    00:49:21
    Vikeshni Diyal:
    Staff shortage is a major issue for us. Too much change and work and not even staff

    00:50:35
    Darlene Morrow:
    Yes it is a challenge!!!!! We are burnt out!!!!

    00:51:19
    Patricia Baugus:
    did Bob just say 'bumpin' butts'?  perfect!

    00:51:36
    Christina Hecht:
    Please share your stories, such as those Kristin and Bob are sharing, with your elected officials, particularly at the federal level.  They need to hear from you!  Call your representative’s office and ask which staffer has the nutrition or schools portfolio.  Then just send a short story with this type of information.  Thanks, everyone!

    00:51:39
    Ana Grajeda:
    Good Morning Everyone we have been working outside since the pandemic started here in Los Angeles. Its been a change for everyone. But to see our families get there food and a smile on their faces its great (from LAAAE) Let's keep it strong beautiful people we have made a difference gumby-fy :). Positive thoughts helping each other, sympathy, love, understanding ect. so much we have done & still manage to do everyday, 

    00:52:04
    Jess Simonson | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    This midwestern accent is making me feel awful nostalgic for home. So great to have a diversity of locations on this panel!

    00:52:31
    Amanda Mascia:
    Agree, Jess! Bob sounds like my Uncles!

    00:54:19
    Anna Severns:
    such a beautiful idea for community empowerment and engagement!

    00:55:31
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Thank you Ana Grajeda for such a nice and empowering note! 

    00:55:36
    Susan Dalandan:
    Staff shortage and short budgets are a real issue. Our state task force call on Tuesday had the USDA on talking about P-EBT 2.0. The program seems geared to an alternative to schools providing meals, can be used for virtual and hybrid school situations. The flip side is loss of income for school food personnel. It is an awful question, but Is there a point school food service goes to furlough, especially in smaller districts?

    00:55:51
    Amanda Mascia:
    YAY for pierogis!

    00:55:55
    Jess Simonson | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Yaaaaas!

    00:55:57
    Patricia Baugus:
    you need to watch Gerry Brooks.  Y'all love his accent!

    00:55:58
    Lynley Connor:
    Everyone loves pierogis!!

    00:56:07
    Debbi Dodson:
    Love pierogis!  Thanks for supporting local businesses!

    00:56:26
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Who doesn’t love pierogies!?

    00:56:47
    Susan Dalandan:
    How did you navigate the vendor process in supporting local business? That is a real challenge in PA.

    00:57:19
    Markee-Orcutt, CA School District:
    Please, I want a kale periogi!!!! I am from Maine & Massachusetts originally.....YUM!

    00:57:31
    Stephanie Bruce:
    @Susan Dalandan.  I used emergency purchasing in the beginning and now are on RFP's with local farmers.

    00:58:04
    Miguel Villarreal:
    Awesome work Bob.  Shout out from California.  

    00:58:40
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    @susandalandan Thank you for the information on P-EBT. Hoping we can hear from other districts on your question about furloughs..

    00:58:45
    Ana Grajeda:
    Bob Great Job

    00:59:24
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    What a powerful shift in your decision-making process and the positive impact it had on your team!

    00:59:30
    Lynley Connor:
    100% agree with Bob. Covid has brought the team effort energy alive everyday.

    00:59:39
    Teresa Rogers:
    Love stop making decisions in the office and start making them in the kitchen!

    00:59:56
    Suzanne King:
    The kitchen is where it's at!

    01:00:00
    Michael Jochner:
    Very inspiring Bob!  Can't lead from atop the mountain.  Way to go!!

    01:00:15
    Susan Dalandan:
    Ditto on the planning in advance. CEO of Land o Lakes says their corporate planning during COVID is a day at a time and think out no longer than a week!

    01:00:22
    Susan Dalandan:
    Love your passion, Bob!

    01:00:25
    Vikeshni Diyal:
    Collective and shared leadership is the best way to go!!

    01:00:26
    Markee-Orcutt, CA School District:
    I have used CARES funds to pay for our emergency portable freezer, that is currently outside of our central kitchen.

    01:00:54
    Amanda Mascia:
    “Prepare to improvise!” Is great advice I’ve been given :)

    01:01:26
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    So great to see engagement in the chatbox, we love to read your comments! :) keep them coming! we will share the recording of this call and the chatbox on the follow-up email.

    01:03:57
    Debbi Dodson:
    Great teams are the result of great leaders.

    01:04:05
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Let’s all get t-shirts: “A Celebration of Collaboration”

    01:05:12
    Vikeshni Diyal:
    Are you putting all 7 breakfast and 7 lunches in a bigger plastic bag before giving it out?

    01:05:39
    Amanda Bast:
    Would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on how they’ve been able to show employee appreciation with the new COVID situation. We used to do holiday parties, but not an option nowadays. Anyone have any ideas?

    01:05:45
    Suzie King:
    We use a combination of plastic t-shirt bags and brown bags.

    01:06:10
    Ana Grajeda:
    we usually put the meals in one bag, milk & fruit in another bag. 

    01:06:14
    Vikeshni Diyal:
    That is question for Bob. Are people still serving a hot lunch at the curb?

    01:06:36
    Frances Montoya:
    We are doing a zoom Christmas Party.

    01:06:40
    Michael Jochner:
    MHUSD had custom water bottles made through Amazon. $3ea with our logo.

    01:08:08
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Thanks Vikeshni, we'll ask your question to Bob. If anyone ask any questions for the panelist we'll have time at the end, you can write your questions here or feel free to unmute yourself once we open it up for questions. 

    01:08:46
    Frances Montoya:
    I did a zoom meeting with all staff and we did a Vision Board project. Everyone was at home and we gave them bags with project items in it. We gave them Microwave popcorn to pop while we were working on our Boards.

    01:08:51
    Ana Grajeda:
    Employee appreciation we took picture and put them in google classroom & on our facebook & instragram social media to congratulate our team as a thank you note. 

    01:09:20
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Frances - love the popcorn idea!

    01:09:49
    Frances Montoya:
    It was a break from the normal meeting/training. Just something to look ahead to envision happier days.

    01:09:57
    Miguel Villarreal:
    Yes, more frequent CN site staff zoom meetings have helped in staying connected.  Love the idea of a Christmas\Winter Holiday Zoom gathering. 

    01:10:00
    Amanda Bast:
    Thank you everyone!

    01:10:01
    Robert Lewis:
    Good point about Thanksgiving.  We are missing a few employees.  I can't imagine being off for 3 weeks at Christmas.  What will staffing be?

    01:10:06
    Angelica Castañon:
    Can the panelists say more about how they collaborated with their respective unions? If it was already addressed, please ignore this =)

    01:10:11
    Amanda Mascia:
    Can we ask our Ohio peeps about the policy in Ohio to serve more than 7 days worth of meals over the holiday?

    01:10:50
    Amanda Mascia:
    CDE is saying they are seeking guidance from USDA, so it would be great if we could let our CA people know of another state’s ability to serve more than 7 days over the holidays

    01:11:04
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Anybody doing holiday deliveries to kitchens? Maybe delivering candy canes, cookies, or popcorn to staff? Sweet treats to surprise and delight?

    01:11:55
    Noi Whitener:
    That's a Great Idea!

    01:12:58
    Mary Mathieu-Ruiz:
    Great Job to both panelists!  Love that we are all going through this together and can be there to support and share with one another!

    01:13:46
    Robert Lewis:
    LOL

    01:13:49
    Noi Whitener:
    LOL!!!

    01:13:54
    Frances Montoya:
    LOL

    01:13:54
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Truth!

    01:13:59
    Mary Mathieu-Ruiz:
    Yep!

    01:14:06
    Debbi Dodson:
    A sense of humor always wins the day.

    01:14:06
    Ana Grajeda:
    :) lol

    01:14:20
    Frances Montoya:
    That’s Awesome!

    01:14:22
    Ana Grajeda:
    Smile smile smile while we do this 

    01:15:42
    Miguel Villarreal:
    We are putting together a "self-care" package for our site staff for the holidays.  We are including seaweed from a local merchant.  Seaweed can be used in a bath or in a recipe.  There will be other products, perhaps local wine, now that I'm listening to Bob. 

    01:16:04
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Such a great idea, Miguel! 

    01:18:34
    Erin Primer:
    So glad we got to "meet" Bob today - refreshing - thank you :)

    01:18:48
    Amanda Mascia:
    That was a great article, if a bit stark! Thank you for putting yourself out there on it.

    01:19:12
    Lynley Connor:
    L to the third power :)

    01:19:34
    Robert Lewis:
    Bob is my new hero.

    01:19:52
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Stories can be so powerful. Thank you all for sharing. 

    01:20:05
    Stephanie Bruce:
    Love anyone from OHIO. Bob is now my favorite Ohioan!!

    01:20:06
    Beth Haas:
    Great job panelist, Thank you

    01:20:07
    Noi Whitener:
    That's Awesome BOB! Thanks for sharing all so Positive!

    01:20:19
    Lauren Thomas:
    Bob is the bomb :) 

    01:20:32
    Angelica Castañon:
    Thank you Bob and Kristin!

    01:20:46
    Vikeshni Diyal:
    Thank you Bob and Kristin

    01:21:02
    Laurel Goins:
    we are offering a winter break family meal box. on track to offer 40,000 meals in one day for the break!

    01:21:20
    Robert Lewis:
    Thank you, Kristin, for your amazing PP&L work!

    01:21:28
    Miguel Villarreal:
    Keep up the great work on PP&L Kristin!  Critical work!  

    01:22:31
    Polly Houston:
    Thank you Kristin for all your CSNA PP & L work.

    01:22:34
    Noi Whitener:
    Kristin Great Information, Thank you so much, you and Bob are Great with all your sharing! :)

    01:24:08
    Erin Primer:
    Great content today - thank you all!

    01:24:25
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Laurel, that's awesome, are you doing 7-days in one kit? 

    01:25:14
    Stephanie Bruce:
    AMEN BOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    01:25:31
    Laurel Goins:
    Everyone pinkie swear not to tell!!!

    01:25:32
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Respectfully :D 

    01:25:36
    Stephanie Bruce:
    Shhh Don't tell.  So are we!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    01:25:39
    Christina Lawson:
    Good for you BOB!!! Your secret is safe!!!

    01:25:59
    Noi Whitener:
    I knew BOB was like Santa Claus :)

    01:26:01
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Your secret is safe with us! 🤐

    01:26:05
    Beth Kujawa:
    I worry about families have storage space for 14 days worth of meals.

    01:26:11
    Ana Grajeda:
    Awesome Bob Shhhhh

    01:26:18
    Mary Mathieu-Ruiz:
    Awesome! Thank you for sharing your and being so bold!

    01:26:23
    Debbi Dodson:
    LOL

    01:26:25
    Sally Spero:
    Kind of a shame we have to lie to do the right thing for the families

    01:27:22
    Ana Grajeda:
    we have work under whatever weather is coming we are there with everything lol 

    01:28:16
    Miguel Villarreal:
    Agree with you Sally Spero!  

    01:29:35
    Michael Jochner:
    7 days in CA, but with a 2 week break coming and meal pattern waiver, portion size is subjective.... *wink*

    01:29:39
    Sarah Prince:
    right there with you Bob

    01:29:40
    Robert Lewis:
    Amen

    01:30:14
    Robert Lewis:
    We gave them cards and chocolate bars.

    01:32:20
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Good point, Michael! those are meal pattern waivers are huge help 

    01:33:16
    Debbi Dodson:
    This was a great conversation!

    01:33:25
    Jamie Anderson:
    I am having custom covid cookies made for my staff

    01:33:26
    Mickinzie Lopez | LunchAssist:
    Thank you everyone for joining us today!!

    01:33:26
    Rebecca Ward:
    Yes! thank you both very much!!

    01:33:34
    Jamie Anderson:
    Thanks everyone!

    01:33:34
    Susan Dalandan:
    I am sure that members of the community would contribute to thank you efforts! Our community has a windchime in center square and the Chamber paid for the ornaments with workers names engraved on them!

    01:33:36
    Amanda Bast:
    Thank you Bob & Kristin!

    01:33:36
    Suzie King:
    Thank you, Bob and Kristin! A very happy holiday season to everyone.

    01:33:40
    Brenda Ruiz:
    thank you!

    01:33:53
    Frances Montoya:
    Good Job Everyone!

    01:34:18
    Bob Gorman:
    Thank you everyone! Take care and be well

    01:34:22
    Kristin Hilleman:
    Happy Holidays Everyone!! Thank you all for all you do!!

    01:34:59
    Rebecca Ward:
    That means we need to have any new participents fill out that form in order to participate?

    01:35:20
    Rebecca Ward:
    yes please!

    01:35:35
    Suzie King:
    I have the same question as Rebecca Ward.

    01:38:10
    Paloma Perez Bertrand I LunchAssist :
    Happy Holidays!

    01:38:14
    Polly Houston:
    Happy Holidays and Thank you

    01:38:15
    Alexa Norstad | Center for Ecoliteracy:
    Thank you, everyone!! Happy holidays!

    01:38:18
    Miguel Villarreal:
    Happy Holidays!

    01:38:27
    Ana Grajeda:
    Happy Holidays Everyone 

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