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Community of Practice Call July 23, 2020

Community of Practice Call July 23, 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.

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    00:10:38
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Welcome! Please introduce yourself by sharing your name, position and where you work. What is one way you would like to adapt or continue farm to school efforts next year?

    00:11:17
    Julie Garcia:
    Julie Garcia, Director of Food Service, Culver City USD

    00:11:20
    Christina Hecht:
    Good morning, all, Christina Hecht from UC Nutrition Policy Institute

    00:11:23
    Jeannie Samari:
    Hello! Jeannie Samari from Earlimart School District 😊

    00:11:27
    Nicole Hite:
    Hello! I'm Nicole Hite, Operations Supervisor for San Dieguito UHSD. 

    00:11:34
    Ashley Jowell:
    Hello! Ashley Jowell, Stanford University School of Medicine

    00:11:42
    Frances Montoya:
    Hi my name is Frances Montoya Director of Nutrition Services at Vaughn Charter.

    00:11:44
    Sandy Curwood:
    Sandy Curwood, State Director, Virginia DOE- supporting schools with local procurement and educational resources for F2S

    00:11:45
    Isamar Gomez:
    Hi all ISa - Cristo Rey High School in San jose 

    00:11:46
    Chela Cooper:
    Hello! Chela Cooper, Maryland State Department of Education Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs

    00:11:46
    Lauren Blacker:
    Morning! Lauren Blacker, Stanford Pediatrics

    00:11:51
    Deirdre Kleske:
    Deirdre Kleske, County of San Diego HHSA

    00:11:51
    Sarah Prince:
    Sarah Prince - McMinn County School Nutrition supervisor - TN

    00:11:51
    Kari Johnson:
    Hello - Kari Johnson with Lunch at the Library Program 

    00:11:52
    Jennie Norton:
    Good Morning! I’m Jennie Norton from Wahluke SD in Mattawa, WA. =)

    00:11:56
    kristen tekell:
    Kristen - Sonoma Valley USD

    00:11:57
    Abby Halperin:
    Good Morning, Abby Halperin, Center for Ecoliteracy.

    00:11:58
    Emily Rhodes:
    Good Morning! I am Emmy Rhodes, interning at UCCE Riverside CalFresh

    00:12:02
    Erin Primer:
    Hi Laurel Goins , Director of Food Services , Lucia Mar Unified

    00:12:04
    Kursten Orr:
    Good morning.  Child Nutrition manager at Vallecitos School in Rainbow, San Diego County.  

    00:12:07
    Anna Severns:
    Anna Severns, Revolution Foods

    00:12:11
    Cathy Moen:
    Hello-Cathy Moen Robla School District Director

    00:12:14
    Nora Stewart:
    Good morning- Nora Stewart with the Farm to Institution Center at Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego County

    00:12:15
    Jodi Cooper:
    Hi! Jodi Cooper Armona School District

    00:12:15
    Jennifer Reno:
    Jen Reno - Preferred Meals in Southern CA. 

    00:12:16
    Erin Primer:
    Good Morning! Erin Primer Director of Food & Nutrition Service San Luis Coastal! We plan on offering a plant-based meal kit as a weekly meal kit option- featuring local items!

    00:12:24
    Meghan Maroney:
    Meghan Maroney, Center for Science in the Public Interest

    00:12:27
    Amy Grant:
    Hello my name is Amy Grant and I am from Galena Park ISD in Texas - We will be opening school virtually until October 5th.  We want to utilize CEP and send all meal out using our busses to reach our students.

    00:12:30
    Ed Burke:
    Howday all, Ed Burke with Santa Rosa City Schools.

    00:12:33
    Brenda Ruiz:
    Good morning! Brenda Ruiz, Sacramento Food Policy Council 

    00:12:36
    Maddy Moritsch:
    Maddy Moritsch, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    00:12:38
    Charlotte Hargrave:
    Hello! Charlotte Hargrave, Operations Manger, Redondo Beach USD

    00:12:51
    Erica Lee:
    Hello! Erica Lee, Student Wellness Coordinator at Robla School District

    00:12:52
    Rachel Waugh:
    Morning! Rachel Waugh from the Chef Ann Foundation

    00:12:57
    Lee Kouski:
    Hi.  Mary Flores, Program Coordinator, University of IL Extension

    00:13:08
    Linda Ha:
    good morning! Linda Ha -Supervisor at Cupertino USD

    00:13:19
    Mechelle Finney:
    Mechelle Finney FSD from Lakeport Unified School District

    00:13:38
    Dr. Robert Lewis:
    Hello from Santa Clarita Valley

    00:14:07
    Debbie Friedman:
    Good morning. Debbie Friedman, Food Climate Strategies

    00:14:35
    Bailey Rose:
    Good morning! Bailey Rose, Community Nutrition Adviser, Bay Area region, Dairy Council of CA

    00:14:53
    Jacqueline Ibarra:
    Amanda Mascia / Hunger Free Kids Manager / San Diego Hunger Coalition

    00:15:32
    Colleen Robinson:
    Colleen Robinson/SDUSD Food & Nutrition Services

    00:15:35
    krysta williams:
    Morning everyone,  Krysta Williams from Center for Ecoliteracy.

    00:16:06
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Hi Everyone! Welcome it’s so nice to have everyone here today again for yet another Community Call! Jen with LunchAssist - so excited to see how folks adapt farm to school within the framework of COVID-19 meal service!

    00:17:14
    Amanda Bast:
    Hello! Amanda Bast at Ferguson-Florissant  School District, in Missouri

    00:18:29
    Erin Primer:
    Shout out to Erin!

    00:20:06
    krysta williams:
    Great way to get so many folks involved, Erin!   It looks delicious!

    00:21:41
    Christina Hecht:
    How was that video from LA sent to kids?

    00:22:24
    Karen Luna:
    Erin Primer is AMAZING

    00:22:41
    Frances Montoya:
    The video was shared to the students via teachers and social media.

    00:22:55
    Christina Hecht:
    Thanks, Frances!

    00:22:56
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Your team is awesome, Frances!

    00:23:05
    Frances Montoya:
    Thanks Jen!

    00:23:34
    krysta williams:
    Amazing job Vaughn and North Monterey.  Such encouraging ideas!

    00:24:24
    Frances Montoya:
    Thank you Krysta!

    00:24:50
    Frances Montoya:
    No problem Christina!

    00:26:53
    Francoise Debost:
    What is the status of the extension of the grace period to 90 days?

    00:27:46
    Sandy Curwood:
    One challenge is the message is not clear from all the groups. 

    00:27:58
    Erin Primer:
    I love that mask! 

    00:28:53
    Jacqueline Ibarra:
    If you want to sign on to CFPA’s letter for waiver extensions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebcdgVE3_UP-umFJ7H_8CT__sGMh9jUkeLoxrALxbzmHf37g/viewform

    00:29:01
    Jacqueline Ibarra:
    Would LOVE to sign on to SNA’s too!

    00:30:57
    Sarah Prince:
    Is that only California?

    00:35:05
    Chela Cooper:
    @Sarah Prince - check with your state agency for info specific to your state!

    00:35:05
    Abby Halperin:
    We did see $3M for school nutrition in Virginia (https://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/governor-northam-directs-3-million-to-school-nutrition-programs/). Curious if other states are thinking about something similar.

    00:37:45
    Deirdre Kleske:
    Shout out to SD Unified, a true leader in local sourcing, innovative menus, student engagement, and methods of service delivery!

    00:37:57
    Nora Stewart:
    Very proud of San Diego Unified! Way to go! 

    00:38:08
    Katie Bark:
    Love these ideas - Tell me more about "Love Food Not Waste" activities

    00:38:51
    Nora Stewart:
    Does someone have the link to the USDA resource shared? 

    00:39:01
    Colleen Robinson:
    Great job Fred!

    00:39:10
    Nora Stewart:
    No worries! Thank you! 

    00:39:39
    Deirdre Kleske:
    Here is a great Love Food Not Waste video from SD Unified! https://www.sdusdsustainability.com/love-food-not-waste

    00:40:05
    Erin Primer:
    so inspired by SD Unified!!!

    00:40:29
    Katie Bark:
    Thank you so much for sharing your innovative ideas

    00:41:00
    Emily Rhodes:
    What is the current CA micro purchasing limit?

    00:41:15
    Katie Bark:
    how are programs meeting the USDA Milk variety rule with classroom dining or remote meals?

    00:41:34
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    What ways are you supporting farm to school and/or nutrition education during the pandemic?

    00:41:46
    Parisa Mohammad:
    Emily, I believe it is also 10k but check with your local county and district regulations. They could be lower. 

    00:42:02
    Emily Rhodes:
    Thank you!

    00:42:11
    Mechelle Finney:
    Were using 1% white milk at breakfast and non-fat chocolate at lunch..

    00:42:59
    Janelle Manzano:
    Planning to do HOTM tasting video series. Thinking of including mindful eating practices in it. (This activity was inspired from Edible Schoolyard!)

    00:43:06
    Debbi Dodson:
    How are these materials distributed to students?

    00:44:45
    Morgan McGhee:
    Hello!! Hello!!

    00:44:56
    Jackie Hemann:
    Hello

    00:46:53
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    Woohoo! FoodCorps is awesome. Hi Morgan!

    00:47:38
    Kari Johnson:
    Yes, please feel free to contact me if interested in partnering with a library for the lunch in the library program, in the fall. :)  

    00:48:30
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Has anyone received any grants recently?

    00:48:38
    Rachel Gekas:
    can these grant links be sent to us?

    00:48:49
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    If so congrats! Please share what did you get and how much?

    00:49:02
    krysta williams:
    @ Debbi  Lots of these were distributed to students during pick-up or shared on social media.

    00:49:32
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Yes Rachel - all resources discussed today and links will be sent out with the follow up notes!

    00:49:40
    Emily Cena, Ramona Unified SD:
    sorry if this is a bit off topic, but....  Do you know whether the meal pattern flexibility waiver can allow us to serve a single K-12 lunch menu?  I'm hearing different interpretations of this waiver, and I'm up for review in 2020-2021.  Thanks!

    00:50:39
    kristen tekell:
    Sonoma Valley got 3, $3000 grants from the GenYouth Foundation and $1500 from SNA grant!

    00:51:56
    Ericka Solis:
    Has there been any update on the potable water requirements?

    00:52:47
    Leyla Marandi:
    Kristen — congrats on those grants! That is so wonderful.

    00:53:13
    Francoise Debost:
    I was approved and the approval says a very general statement waiving the meal pattern

    00:53:28
    Leyla Marandi:
    Thank you for sharing Fran ^

    00:53:40
    Dylan Hatami:
    90 day waiver was mentioned on the CDE Town Hall meeting on 7/14.  CDE has requested for a 90 day waiver

    00:53:42
    Francoise Debost:
    It is an automatic immediate approval

    00:53:48
    JENNY LEE:
    Can you "bundle" meals so that you're serving breakfast and lunch to all students? Non-CEP and Non-Provision school

    00:53:52
    Francoise Debost:
    when we apply

    00:54:01
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    Has anyone who is sending home multiple meals at once with families experienced a higher cost for bulk milk than 8 oz milk?

    00:54:41
    Francoise Debost:
    It is cheaper for us

    00:54:55
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    Are you in CA?

    00:54:56
    Rachel Gekas:
    CA state agency suggests to provide specific, detailed justification on the waiver application for not meeting meal pattern in the comment section (ex: increased food costs, vendor sortage, staff restraints) 

    00:55:02
    Ed Burke:
    Wendy, we are sending home 3 quart sized milk containers for a week of breakfast and lunch. The cost is about the same as the equivalent in 8 fl. oz. cartons. 

    00:55:09
    Chela Cooper:
    @Wendy Castro-Harris, regarding milk, YES, prices for bulk milk are higher than the 8oz in the mid-atlantic region

    00:55:44
    Leyla Marandi:
    Thanks Dylan for sharing that :D

    00:55:50
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    Thanks all! I appreciate your feedback on milk. Seems like it's different for all. It seems to be more expensive for us in the LA area

    00:56:18
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    Are staff restraints an acceptable reason to use the waiver?

    00:56:28
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    I noticed that was mentioned above.

    00:56:52
    Susan Delgado:
    Yesterday in another zoom, one director suggested that we must ensure that each child has access to water - and water is definitely available in the home. So she took the stand that the water requirement was in fact, met.  

    00:56:55
    Emily Cena, Ramona Unified SD:
    I'm curious how people plan to price their take-home meals during distance learning.  Will you have a single price for all grades, or elementary vs secondary prices?  And if you go with a single price, what happens once kids return to campus?

    00:57:10
    Erin Tassey:
    Does anyone have more info on alternative feeding locations - such as using bus routes or bringing meals to a home of child that has not transportation for pick up

    00:57:43
    Francoise Debost:
    I am planning to have a single menu and a single price

    00:57:49
    fred espinosa:
    Where do we stand on the weekend meals and supper meals when school starts

    00:57:58
    Francoise Debost:
    It has not been approved by the Board

    00:58:01
    kristen tekell:
    I am doing a single price for all grades during distance learning.

    00:58:13
    JENNY LEE:
    Do you have to ask students if they want breakfast AND lunch or could you just bundle the meals? For example, we are serving multiple days worth of meals.

    00:58:15
    Diane Sharpe:
    Diane Sharpe-  Single Menu k-8 one price

    00:58:21
    Francoise Debost:
    I do not know how I will handle this when students return to school

    00:58:54
    Carolyn Vega:
    ^For Fred, about weekends & suppers, I think everyone is still waiting to hear whether the activity waiver will be continued for CACFP At-Risk. Without that, it would be challenging.

    00:59:16
    Sarah Prince:
    We are planning to bundle the meals.  Virtual students will pick up once per week

    01:00:09
    Katie Bark:
    In Montana,  we are promoting the Harvest of the Month videos we have developed for use with teachers, foodservice and parents.  They are located on YouTube.   Subscribe to our Montana HOM channel to see all of them. We are developing new ones this year (brassicas, cherries coming soon) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOW7BO5IViwK0VfHgtY1xKw

    01:00:24
    Leyla Marandi:
    ^ Thank you Katie! We’ll share these in the follow up email

    01:00:26
    Leyla Marandi:
    :D

    01:00:48
    Katie Bark:
    Does anyone have a good Meal Counting file to use for classroom dining

    01:00:57
    Francoise Debost:
    yes

    01:01:25
    Diane Sharpe:
    I don’t know how to bundle meals when they are a paid student — you would have to ask if they want lunch or breakfast right?

    01:01:53
    Emily Cena, Ramona Unified SD:
    ^ I agree with Diane.  Paying families may not want to, or be able to, pay for that many meals.

    01:02:18
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    ^ yes that is yet another struggle with the paid model during the pandemic. Such a good point!

    01:02:54
    Katie Bark:
    Happy to share

    01:02:57
    Dr. Robert Lewis:
    We are having parents display the Meal ID number on their dashboard.  We will also give them a caded card for allergies.

    01:03:09
    Dr. Robert Lewis:
    coded

    01:03:11
    Leyla Marandi:
    ^ nice!

    01:03:14
    Susan Delgado:
    Thank you Leyla, water was part of our CSNA zoom yesterday and quite a concern for many directors.

    01:03:16
    Chela Cooper:
    Can you drop the link for the Prescott Webinar series in the chat box?

    01:03:19
    Erica Lee:
    In addition to the USDA bulk meal guide, are there other recommendations for ideas/sources for bulk meal kits?

    01:03:19
    Wendy Castro-Harris:
    That's a great idea for food allergies!

    01:03:23
    Leyla Marandi:
    That is clever Dr. Lewis

    01:03:31
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Prescott Webinar: https://prescottcollege.lpages.co/webinar-series-food-systems/

    01:03:41
    Chela Cooper:
    Thank you!

    01:03:50
    Emily Cena, Ramona Unified SD:
    Is anyone planning to have two sizes of take-home meals?  One for K-8, one for 9-12?  And if so, how will you know how many of each to have at each site?

    01:03:57
    Dr. Robert Lewis:
    Different colors for different allergies. No overt identifications on the cards.

    01:04:32
    Frances Montoya:
    We are going to give each family one sheet that has all students in the family with their bar codes. So when they drive up we scan all.

    01:04:35
    Ericka Solis:
    For bulk meals, does anyone have a template or list of potential quantities of items for a Chile to revive 5 days of an item. for example, if we wanted to provide beans for the week, what is the portion size or weight for a week for a MS or HS student... how much milk constitutes 5 days of milk...

    01:04:48
    Ericka Solis:
    *Child

    01:04:55
    Ericka Solis:
    *recieve

    01:05:05
    Dr. Robert Lewis:
    Frances, great idea!

    01:05:28
    Frances Montoya:
    Yours too Robert1

    01:05:42
    fred espinosa:
    Shout out to Food Corp. They have been a wonderful resource for us in SD. We have hired a few of our past Food Corp members.

    01:06:00
    Jackie Hemann:
    Check out some of the resource available on our website https://foodcorps.org/covid19/

    01:06:19
    Jackie Hemann:
    Thanks Fred and Janelle!!!!

    01:06:39
    Chela Cooper:
    In lieu of bar code scans, QR codes can be generated for free and scanned with any phone/tablet camera.  (I don't know how to do this, just heard someone talking about it to prevent touch contact and increase flow of the meal pick up).

    01:06:56
    Ericka Solis:
    that’s great!!! thanks!!

    01:07:43
    Janelle Manzano:
    Hi Jackie!! ~~~ We are SO excited to have our service members this upcoming school year. :D Can’t wait to collaborate with them and create innovative ways to educated our students about food!

    01:07:46
    Chela Cooper:
    If anyone figures out how to do that, I would be interested in learning how to do it.

    01:07:50
    Ericka Solis:
    I will be here August 6!!!

    01:08:07
    Jennie Norton:
    The milk amount required for 5 days of meal packs, breakfast and lunch served during SFSP: 1 quart of milk + 2 half pints. We’ve been serving this amount to our students during SFSP here at Wahluke SD in Mattawa, WA.

    01:08:11
    kristen tekell:
    Bye - thank you!!!

    01:08:18
    Christina Hecht:
    Thanks for all the great ideas and information!

    01:08:26
    Katie Bark:
    Thank you for this helpful information and networking opportunitty

    01:08:27
    Amanda Mascia:
    Thank you!

    01:08:35
    Erica Lee:
    Looking forward to Aug 6th call and resources. Thank you everyone!!

    01:08:40
    Jennie Norton:
    Thank you so much for this meeting — you guys are amazing!!!!

    01:08:45
    Chela Cooper:
    Thank you for the great presentation, and everyone who has shared!

    01:08:45
    Leyla Marandi:
    <3

    01:08:47
    Ericka Solis:
    this session was great! thank you

    01:08:56
    Diane Sharpe:
    Thanks-  so informative!

    01:09:01
    Kari Johnson:
    thank you

    01:09:12
    Jennifer L. McNeil:
    Thanks everyone! We love getting to “see” you all a few times each month and seeing this little community evolve and grow together. Take care and see you all again soon!

    01:09:16
    Jackie Hemann:
    Thank you!

    01:09:17
    Jodi Cooper:
    Great information! thank you

    01:09:17
    Deirdre Kleske:
    Thank you!

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