[email protected] School Nutrition Town Hall (11) – CDE 10/6/20

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[email protected] School Nutrition Town Hall (11) – CDE 10/6/20

(Sacramento CDE): Good afternoon, everyone I want to welcome you to our 11th School Nutrition Town Hall My name is Kim Frinzell and I’m the Director of Nutrition Services Today I’ll provide you with a few updates, but we have another great lineup of your colleagues throughout the state that will be sharing how they are handling meal service during COVID-19, the wildfires, and distance learning Now we’re doing hybrid models as more schools are coming off of the monitoring list and are bringing children back into the classroom So we will hear some great strategies for the state meal mandate, as well as talking about our continued dialogue around program integrity as well as really reaching our most at risk student population to ensure that they do have access to meals So, before we get started, we are having a few logistical issues that we’re working through so just bear with us, but as a reminder the phone lines are muted You can submit your questions and comments into the Q and A section We have a whole team here that are working behind the scenes to respond to as many of your comments and questions as possible In addition throughout the presentation, we will be uploading into the chat section some links to various resources that we reference this afternoon Because we have pretty strong firewalls, you may need to actually copy that link and then paste it into your browser The links do work but they don’t always work directly from the Zoom chat box We are recording our session So that, as always, they are available for you to go back and refer to afterwards and all of our previous town halls are posted on our Nutrition What’s New webpage in the Disaster Tab And we’ll make sure we get that link into the chat section for you And we have lots of new resources that we’re continuing to add to Most recently, we did Frequently Asked Questions So, you will notice if you go to the What’s New webpage, you will see the Frequently Asked Questions on Operating the Program during COVID-19, so we hope that that’s a valuable resource for you as the new school year begins And again, we’ll get that link to the Q and A’s in the chat section as well So, my goodness 2020 the pandemic, the wildfires What a crazy, crazy year, I would have to say it’s been a roller coaster ride with so many dips, turns, drops, dark tunnels, wondering if we’re coming out of the dark tunnel and hanging on tight for the unexpected and I have actually labeled it COVID vortex, the worst roller coaster ride you can imagine So, to get us going for our session today, you’ll see that we have some photographs of different people on roller coaster rides and just want to hear how you’re feeling about 2020 and food service operations during COVID-19 So, this will be our first polling question today So, you’ll see the letter A and it’s showing a parent or grandparent that’s enthusiastically on the ride with their child and is approaching those challenges and opportunities Then on the screen you will see the letter B is kind of unhappy about what’s happening so thinking about your operations and what that looks like And then letter C is captioned, “I really don’t want to be here I did not sign up for this My friend made me do it.” And then photograph letter D is kind of just is terrifying for what’s coming up And then finally, letter E is a picture of kind of leaning in with your peers and really making the best of all the twists and turns with COVID-19 and our Child Nutrition Programs and 2020 So we’re going to pause for just a minute and let you take the polling and let us know which best describes how you’re feeling Alright, we’re going to close that off and it looks like you are all leaning into your friends, making the best of the twists and turns so letter E. And I think what I really want to say is thank you for braving this ride with us

And certainly it does take friends, families, loved ones, and strong community and colleagues to get through all of this And we know that you’re working just tirelessly on this very long marathon to make sure that kids are getting the meals that they need and that it just feels like so many challenges kind of keep cropping up And so we want to kind of stay connected with you And so, our next polling question we really want to find out around meal participation So, of course, we can look at the aggregate numbers and we do that periodically, but I think it’s good as a community that together we can kind of see where you’re seeing your meal rates heading right now So, the next polling question is since COVID-19, your meal participation rates have not changed, increased, decreased by 25% or less, or it could be the 26% to 50% range, or the 50% to 75%, or has decreased more than 75% So if you can just take a few moments and let us know for your particular school and districts where you are with your meal participation as opposed to 2019 Great We’ll take a couple more seconds and turn that off and by the majority view are saying that it has decreased by 50% to 75% so we continue to watch that, to advocate for as many flexibilities as possible I know our state legislators are also quite interested and we do briefings for them regularly to keep them informed on the participation rates I will say in June and July, we actually saw an increase in the meal participation compared to 2019 for June and July which makes sense, we kind of eased into the summer months with more waivers in place and then many of our community partners also starting their traditional summer meal programs So with that, you know, I think we’ve done a lot of flip flopping over the past several months You know we started off the new year under the National School Lunch, COVID hit, we switched into the summer programs Then we prepared for the new school year, you started the National School Lunch, and then August 31 we flip flopped back to the summer meal program And so this is really just a reminder that I know that there has been a lot of going back and forth between the programs We have started a new program year for our summer programs So, it’s really critical that if you have not that you get your site applications updated in to CNIPS as quickly as possible Our teams here are working really hard to make sure that they are approving those as quickly as possible and as I shared at the last town hall, we’ve actually redirected 25 staff to help with this body of work which has really been very beneficial on our end I know there’s been some bumps along the way for all of you, because it is more hands in the cookie jar and more individuals kind of reaching out to you, we are trying to do a lot of coordination amongst policies and consistency at the state level So please, just bear with us We are, you know, recalibrating as necessary And I actually want to thank many of you that has some nice suggestions on process improvement That kind of positive feedback and constructive input is really valuable And then, of course, to the NSD team that has been incredibly nimble through all of this to really take on this new workload So probably one of the most frequent questions that we are getting right now since we’ve transitioned back to the summer meal program is what about verification? What are we supposed to do with verification because we know we have deadlines coming up So, November 15 is the deadline that that process is to be completed So, you know, we continue to raise this with USDA, as do the other state agencies throughout the nation and we understand that guidance is forthcoming We don’t know what forthcoming quite means, but it is on its way

USDA verbally told us they do expect it to be in the next round of Q and A’s that are coming out But we don’t know So just as a reminder, if you have continued to operate the National School Lunch Program, the verification process has not been waived So, you will want to move forward with verification and as I mentioned that due date is November 15 So on September 25th, we just issued a new listserv to remind everybody about the verification process We also put some resources in that listserv and we’ll make sure that link gets updated into the chat section So, if you are operating the National School Lunch Program, you are going to want to move forward with the verification process because we just can’t say at this point that it will be extended or that it has been waived until further notice However, I think we all have our fingers crossed that with the passage of the continuing resolution that there’s a very good chance, likelihood that the summer meal program that USDA will extend that for the entire school year While they have not done that yet, we are all really pushing for that And so that would certainly help with the verification process if a school district wanted to then go back to operate in the summer program So, we’ll keep you posted So with that, on the continuing resolution that was passed, the President did sign it and it allows for the funding of our entitlement programs through December 11 It also authorized USDA the ability to extend all these wonderful waivers throughout September 30 of 2021 But caveat is that is not automatic It does require, USDA has the authority to evaluate and determine which waivers they will extend for that period of time And so again, no guidance, no policy has been issued We do know that USDA at the National Office is working on that and their attorneys involved as well as the financial management side of it So from the money portion of it, making sure that they have the funding to allow for the summer meal program and at the free status for the entire school year So, we will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything and as we all know, the chain of communication, you may actually hear something before we do, so keep us posted as well So, I think that’s one nice thing about us having these town halls and having many forums that we’re able to communicate with each other is that we can share the information that we know at the time So, fingers crossed that the summer program will be authorized throughout September of 2021 Another area that we want to clarify for everyone is there was a little bit of confusion with the extension of the local control funding deadline around collecting information on free and reduced price, foster care…so, we want to make sure that everyone is really clear and the difference between the LCFF extension deadline of December 31 and then the 30-day carryover requirement under the National School Lunch Program So those are two separate things that do intersect because we’re talking about free and reduced price status So, the Department of Education did send out a, they call it a flash announcement that went out on September 23 to let everyone know that they had changed the date for data reporting for LCFF purposes So, we’ve put a slide up on the screen view to look at that report is for information on free and reduced priced status, English learners, foster youth counts that is needed for LCFF So, this extension allows schools to use to collect the information for LCFF purposes, from July 1 through December 31 So, I really do think you need to thank your association for really advocating for that extension data, that was really instrumental to support schools with the extension of that

deadline So then the federal requirement for the 30-day carry over, there has been no change on that And so again, we would encourage you, even though you may be operating the summer meal programs, it would behoove you, we don’t know what’s going to happen with the summer programs and how long those will be extended through, so you may want to continue to collect the free and reduced price meal applications in anticipation of December 30 And if USDA does not extend the summer program waiver, you would be able to continue to collect those applications now in preparation for January 1 returning to the National School Lunch Absolutely your decision if you want to do that It’s just a proactive step and you know you’re just banking on in case, a contingency plan in case the summer meal program is not extended for the entire school year So just wanted to make sure to clarify that the two dates, one is for LCFF and one is really around the 30-day carry over if you’re operating in the National School Lunch and they really are separate dates Let’s see, what else do we have to share The other piece of information that we wanted to talk about is many of us, many families received a stimulus package, which was a stimulus check for COVID-19 which was really beneficial to so many individuals and we just wanted to remind everyone that USDA has clarified that does not count towards income So that is separate and apart from your income verification, however, unemployment benefits So, there was a bump in the unemployment benefits that does count towards income when you’re making the income determinations Little bit more on the retroactive claiming, we’ve covered these on previous town halls but we just want to remind everybody that they did come out and they allowed for a retroactive claiming of meals under the summer meal programs prior to the announcement of August 31 for the waiver So, if you had already submitted a meal claim for the month of August, and you want to now claim those meals under the summer meal program, you can do that That is absolutely permissible There are some processes that you’ll need to follow And so just yesterday, we released a listserv So, encourage you to go back and take a look at that listserv and read through it and if you have any questions, please make sure that you’re reaching out to your Child Nutrition Fiscal Services Analyst for any sort of technical assistance In case, I know you get so many emails, so in case you missed it, we will make sure we post the link to the listserv that went out yesterday We’ll put that up in the chat so you can have that as well as we’ll include a list of the fiscal analysts that you can contact with any questions that you have around that But I think that was really a great benefit to be able to retroactively be able to claim under the summer, meal programs Okay, just again, a reminder, if you were operating the National School Lunch, pivoted to the summer program and if you’re going to claim under the summer meal program, you will need to make any reimbursements for money collected or charged to children at the reduced or paid rate They have to be refunded So again that’s a little nuance if you do want to do the retroactive summer payment All right, little bit about the state meal mandate Back in June, the California State Legislature expanded the definition of the state meal mandate We’ve talked about this previously and that it now includes distance learning and that any child that meets the definition of needy student must be provided, have access to a nutritionally adequate meal, so this includes when they’re on campus, as well as in distance learning And really not a problem with the distance learning when you are you know bundling the

meals or sending multiple days home, that certainly met the intent for the distance learning As more counties are opening up, as more schools are doing hybrid models, and some children are coming back onto campus for learning, you’re going to kind of pause it just a moment and rethink your processes It’s fine to do the bulk meals But if a child is doing both hybrid, in person, and distance learning the days that they are on campus you do need to make sure that they have a meal in hand when they are on campus So again, it would not be permissible if you are offering five days of bundled meals non-congregate situation where the family is picking up the meals and taking those home for the whole week But then one of those days, the child is actually on campus for learning, they need to be provided a meal as well So we’ll be providing more guidance on this We’re working with our legal office through that right now We’ll be updating our web pages as well as making sure that we have some additional written guidance out to help support all of you with that But just wanted to make sure that, that was we’ve gotten some questions around, do I need to provide a child a meal when they’re on campus? And the answer is yes, you do And I think we actually have a link that will upload for you on a listserv that we sent out a while ago on the state meal mandate to kind of if you need a refresher on that requirement Another frequently asked question that we have gotten is around the bus routes and kind of home delivery of meals and how to kind of set up the claiming in CNIPS for the bus routes So, we just kind of wanted to talk a little bit about that So if you have bus routes, which is an awesome model where you have your bus drivers taking meals out to the bus stops for children to come up and pick up meals Just trying to think through, how do you set up your in CNIPS, what would that look like So, if you’re operating out of one central kitchen you could use the central kitchen as the meal source starting point and that could be the address for that site in CNIPS and then you have your bus route that goes out If, let’s say, you have satellite kitchens or school kitchens that are preparing meals for various bus routes, you could individually have each of those kitchens listed on the site application and then the bus routes that would take those meals out So there’s a couple different ways to handle that and then certainly for, you know, for confidentiality issues, if you are doing home delivery of meals, you are obviously not putting the home address into CNIPS and you would want to make sure from home delivery that it’s listed as a closed site Okay The other thing that we really want to encourage you and to really just remind everyone is please make sure you’re advertising the best routes and the delivery schedules that that’s well advertised within your school community and on your district web page, flyers, any sort of social media that you’re using that you’re able to really promote those as an option for families We’ve gotten quite a few family calls around what schools are doing And so just want to make sure that whether it’s grab and go or home delivery or bus stop or in person, make sure that you’re really promoting in and doing the outreach for your meal programs And USDA has also just released the start of every fiscal year, they share new data that’s provided by the Census Bureau for area eligibility So that is up and loaded on the USDA website It establishes the area eligibility for CACFP and the summer programs And so we’ll get a link for you to the map that is on the FNS website that you can certainly take advantage of And then just as a reminder, we shared this but with the Proposition 98 COVID disaster funding, the deadline was extended to October 30 So, there’s still time to submit your applications for that

So, I would really encourage you to take advantage of that, we’ll post that link for you into the chat section And I know that our counterparts in the department that handle the disaster claims are working hard to make sure that those payments will start to be realized very soon So more to come on that So, before we transition over to our panelists We have a couple more polling questions for you And the third polling question is since COVID-19, we want to hear about your cost to produce a meal So the questions are, have they decreased, stayed the same, increased by 1% to 10%, increased by 11% to 20%, increased by around 21% to 30%, or increased more than 30% So please let us know Again, we use this information when we’re talking with legislators and policymakers It’s always valuable to be able to share with them the realities So, we’ll pause for just a moment Close it Alrighty, so it looks like the majority of you said that increased between 11% to 20%, I think, which is about on par if we look at our own grocery bills that that absolutely is in line So, thank you Then our fourth polling question is because I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask about this, your program integrity plans So how would you describe your program integrity plans to date and want to note, we are in the early stages of developing it, we have some checks and balances in place, we have written tools checklist and other resources in place or we have a solid written and vetted procedure So just take a few seconds to let us know where you are on that and we would greatly appreciate it Alright, looks like the winner is have some checks and balances in place So thank you, and that that is good news Well I think your peers have shared some great resources, you’ll hear some more today and then actually do know that our field staff is working on something as well So, very good and then we’ll have our mid-year assessment to come out that that will be coming out this winter to help further glean information that will need to report back to USDA So, thank you So really our featured guests I’m pleased to be able to transition to that today to talk about how they are doing with the transition to the summer meal program, what they’re doing with their distance learning, the state meal mandate, reaching those most at-risk students So, our panelists today are Leah Bonelli, who is the Director of Child Nutrition Services from Encinitas Union School District We have Joe Cook, who’s a Food Service Director of Antelope Valley Union High School District We have Leslie Pring who’s the Director of Nutrition Services with Twin City Unified School Districts And Nicole Barron, who is the Director Child Nutrition with Stockton Unified We’re so pleased that they’re joining us today to continuing the dialogue and to help bolster our support of each other So, Leah will be our first speaker She’s going to unmute and bring her screen up and she’s representing North San Diego County and she’s representing today our smallest district of just under 4,900 students She’s been with the district for about four years She is a registered dietitian with a Master’s in Nutrition and is truly passionate about feeding kids scratch cooking and really including a lot of fresh produce in her menu So welcome Leah, we’re really excited to hear how back school in-person learning is going for you as well as hybrid model and really the struggles and successes We want the good, bad, and ugly around your food service operations and then just share what you’re doing with the state meal mandate and welcome (Leah Bonelli): Thank you so much, Kim and thank you everybody at the CDE for having me I’m excited to tell you guys a little bit about what we’ve been doing for in person learning But just to start, I want to give you a little information about Encinitas Like Kim may have mentioned, we’re really low free and reduced school district The identity of our program really surrounds the scratch cooking that we do We incorporate a lot of produce that we have from our farm into our meals in our salad bars And we focus a lot on farm to school So in addition to that, we are a very green district and we put zero waste as top priority

So as you guys can imagine there’s been a lot of changes and adjustments that we’ve had to make So, we are in our third week of in person student learning, which has been definitely a challenge And I’ll go into that, but we are basically doing a hybrid A and B model where students come to campus either Monday Wednesday or Tuesday Thursday with Fridays off They’re on campus for the entire day until 2:20 and we are feeding them in a variety of ways So, the way that we’re feeding them is either in person in the lunch line during the school day We’re also doing grab and go meal bags on Monday and Tuesday, giving students three days’ worth of meals for when they’re home distance learning And we are also doing bulk meal bags for our full distance learners, as well as for the community So, lots of different ways in which we are feeding kids So, I’m going to share my screen with you guys So, you can see a little bit of a few pictures of what we’re doing So, as we’re feeding kids in the lunch line, we’ve definitely had to shift what we do So, kids come through the lunch line and they get lunch in a full contact free meal service They walk up to the lunch line is you see everyone spaced apart We have a menu board so kids know what we’re serving and our entree the fruit, vegetable, spork, and everything is in the bag so kids walk up and all they select is their entree and then their milk And then they’re on their way they grab their bag and they go sit down the lunch tables or in the multipurpose room so some things that we’ve done for meal service in person, we are offering three entrees, which might be a little ambitious but it’s working for now We really wanted to give our kids selections We have a lot of students with food preferences So every day, we offer a vegetarian option and gluten free option Two of the items are hot One is coming from our central kitchen fully wrapped and the other one is going to our sites and we prepackaged it at our site So, lots of variety for the kids but we really are trying to speed up the lunch lines because they’ve been moving slowly So a little bit more here If you can see, we’ve been putting up some signage for all of our students to see exactly what we’re serving It is not the prettiest and we are trying to improve this every single day But what we’ve noticed is that kids don’t see the options as readily now, so we have to put up pictures And we have a little display plate here as you can see that has some of our scratch made pizza and a couple options so kids can see what’s on the menu Usually we do a display plate with the salad bar, but we have to shift and make it work for, for what we have going on So a little bit more about what we’re doing, we’re doing these take home meal bags which are three day meal bags that the kids get as they’re leaving campus on Monday and Tuesday So as they’re walking out, they grab these meals They get a frozen bag and a refrigerated bag, and they take them home for the days that they distance learn We allow siblings to grab meals at this time as well and all of these items are vegetarian And I think that helps with a lot of our students that do only vegetarian options So we have a freezer bag and which we make in our central kitchen Because we do not have any space out in our out in our fridge is in freezers and in our side kitchens and the refrigerated bag is made it our sites every Friday So my staff able to use some of that downtime on Fridays to make those refrigerated bags And the cool thing that we did with some of our salad bars was we removed the tops to them So, we really wanted to repurpose the equipment that we had versus buying a whole bunch of new stuff that we weren’t going to use down the road So, we took our Cambro salad bars and we took the tops off of them and we use them like a rolling buffet We put the ice blocks underneath and we pop up one of the sides so they can drop the meals on the side and they can still keep distance between the children and my staff, and it’s been it’s been working really well So, we were happy to stumble upon that idea In addition to our grab and go mailbags, we are also doing five day bulk meal bags for our full distance learners So Encinitas has about 300 kids that decided to go to full distance We’re not serving that many, but we’re definitely serving a fair amount We also let our community members come and pick up meals at this time as well We definitely want to make sure that kids aren’t double dipping so we have a roster that we check off our cloud campuses what Encinitas calls are full distance learners So when they come, we check them off on the roster and then we feed the community as well So what I think is very fun about these cloud campus bags is that we’re able to use our

farm produce in these bags So right now our farm typically is providing us items for our salad bar and that we can use in a lot of our different scratch made entrees, but we can’t utilize that we don’t have the time, we don’t have the space, we don’t have the staffing So we’re putting carrots and cucumbers and lettuce into all of these bags or families can enjoy them and take them home and then it doesn’t go to waste We’re also using frozen and refrigerated items We’re using bulk yogurt that’s commodity We’re using DOD produce So it’s been really successful with these five day meal bags This is just a couple other pictures that we had from items that we use from the farm and a parent had sent me a picture of what her son had made on the weekend, and she was so happy because he was able to make his own breakfast with our commodity yogurt and the DOD produce so I was happy It’s always happy when you get some feedback from parents that they’re enjoying the meals that you’re serving So all that being said, we definitely have some successes and some challenges I was trying to rack my brain on if there’s more challenges than successes and I unfortunately there are right now it’s been It’s been a little bit of a struggle But I think that there’s been a lot of really good points So for us, some of our successes have been partnering with principles Our principles have been amazing and being able to go and walk the lunch line with them and get their feedback about how we can work through the kinks and speed up the lunch line has been very successful and they share out all of the flyers that I’m making And so getting the communication out there via the principles has been huge Also, working with the equipment that we have I obviously being low free and free and reduced, we’re always watching our budget so I wanted to use the equipment that we already had in place So being able to realize those salad bars as well as I don’t think I actually talked about those carts that we had We did buy some Lakeside carts that we put some bussing tubs on and we’re able to fit a bunch of meals in those So that was another good purchase that we can then use later on in our kitchens So, in addition to working with the equipment we have one of the biggest things that I’ve focused on that I think has made us successful is staff morale I feel like we all were always so focused on because we always should be focused on the kids, but it’s incredibly important that we look at our staff and see how they’re doing and check in with them consistently And go out to the site and say, hey, I see you, I see the hard work that you’re putting in And for me, that means being flexible and understanding when mistakes happen and just encouraging them to you know, keep working really hard And thankfully, my staff have worked through breaks, they have worked through closures, and they’re now working lots of extra time in order to feed these kids as many meals as we’re feeding them So lastly, a big success for us as being able to continue to serve the high-quality food that the families in Encinitas really expect So, we’re still able to serve a lot of our scratch made entrees, but just in a way more simple and manageable way so we are using inventory that we have, we’re using commodities We are just making it very simple picking the favorites and serving them on days, serving the back to back, I don’t think I mentioned that Monday and Tuesday have the same menu, Wednesday and Thursday have the same menu, so we’re keeping it simple, or serving favorites and it’s increased our participation a ton We are actually almost up to the amount of meals that we were serving during the school year last year at this time with half the amount of kids on campus So that for us is a huge one So that all being said, there’s definitely been some challenges and obviously with Encinitas as being a small district, we have some more unique challenges, but to touch on a few, the lunch line speed The lunch line, oh, here’s some pictures of my staff making some meals to the kids, lunch line speed has definitely been an issue, kids are coming up and we can’t hear them They have masks on, we’re six feet apart, we have Plexiglass So as you can see in this picture, some of my staff is bending over to try to actually hear what the kids are asking for So that’s been a struggle and obviously prepackaging things and the whole new process of serving lunches, slowing things down there, picking it up and it’s getting better, especially with prepackaging the fruits and vegetables, but the waste has been a problem So, the one thing that I wanted to mention that I didn’t even think of before was that kids now instead of having their full 40 minute time to come through the lunch to come through the lunch line eat and then go play They now have 20 minutes from the start of getting in the lunch line until they finish their lunch because after 20 minutes, the site has to sanitize the tables So a lot of the administrators and principles are really wanting kids to move through the

lunch line quickly because the kids have to get up after 20 minutes So it’s a system issue that we’re trying to solve but it’s, it’s been a hard one So moving the kids through the lunch line has been a struggle So we’re using pictures, as you can see, and we’re trying our very hardest to get them through Another huge issue has been increased waste So with all of the fruits and vegetables that we’re putting in the bags, we are seeing tons of waste We did a waste on it and saw that about 70% to 80% of the produce was going in the trash So, we were really discouraged by that and we are trying to work towards finding a better solution Encinitas really prides themselves on our green initiatives and reducing waste so for us, that’s top priority We’re also struggling with maintaining our high food standards with our community in our grab and go meal backs So our parents are seeing these frozen items and when typically they see scratch items and it’s the moment where I have to teach them about what we’re doing and tell them you know just show them that what we’re serving is still really great And then lastly storage space We’ve had a huge issue with storage space We have a freezer truck out in our back parking lot right now to hold all of our freezer bags and we’re just making it work because out of our sites are spaces limited as well So I know my time is wrapping up, just a few things to kind of note at the end is that reopening has definitely brought some challenges for us but the one good thing is, to be honest, students seem incredibly happy to be back They are thrilled to be there and the students have not been the issue They haven’t been the concern I think most of us now are concerned about the balance that all of the district staff is having We’re all feeling a little bit more pressure than we usually do, and we just really need to focus on only the kids, but the staff For us, and for me, that means being flexible, that means always staying positive, that means adapting to the changes that come forward, and just moving forward So obviously we want to look at keeping our food costs low and we want to look at not compromising food quality and reducing waste, but balance is key So, we’re just doing our very best to serve the students and the community in every way that we can And I want to thank you guys for having me and good luck to everybody who’s going to be reopening for in person learning soon (Sacramento CDE): Wonderful, thank you so much Yhat was a great closing Thank you I mean, what, three weeks you’re an expert on all this So that’s great I love that you’re encouraging your staff, the hearts of your staff that’s so critical Getting principles involved and walking around, speed through the line, the timing of the meals, what a great strategy The repurposing of equipment It took me a while to realize that was a salad bar that you took the lid off, that was ingenious So, I think that’s a great takeaway and you know, keep it simple and I you know you share that your participation is going back up and that you’re doing back to back menu planning, but still lots of choices and maintaining that that quality through the Farm to School efforts, but also the commodity food program Your photos were beautiful, so thank you Thank you for all that you do Thank you So our next panelist is Joe from Antelope Valley and Joe has an enrollment of approximately 23,000 and he’s representing northern Los Angeles County And we’re really excited to have Joe as one of our panelists He has been really working out there in the forefront on the National School Lunch or with the USDA foods program He’s been just a huge advocate He’s been the president with of the Partners in Nutrition Cooperative And so that’s the PANCO for those of you that are not familiar He is a good partner and really just a real advocate of the school nutrition programs and we, I know that from the state agency, we really appreciate partnering with Joe with the Food Distribution Advisory Committee So Joe, welcome Thank you for joining us today and we’re anxious to hear how you’re collaborating with other programs in your community to really reach your most at risk student population, really want to hear how you’re increasing access to meals and you know when there’s very limited transportation and resources

So welcome, and it’s your time Thanks, Joe (Joe Cook): Thank you Kim, I appreciate the time and the opportunity to share this information with you and in appreciation for our region, I am going to include the elementary districts that are in North LA County in the Antelope Valley, because they along with the high school district, are serving the entire community and we have seen over the last several months of how we can work together in assisting and providing for our families The Antelope Valley encompasses over 1300 square miles, there are eight school districts located in the Antelope Valley There’s one Unified School District There are six elementary districts, kindergarten through eighth grade And then there is the high school district There’s a total of 117 schools with an enrollment of just under 90,000 students Our current district enrollment is just a little over 23,000 with our eligibility rate in the meal program at about 64% Eligibility overall in the Antelope Valley is at 76% we have five of our districts that are serving under provisional feeding or CEP And we have the other districts that are either working the hybrid , CEP or they are developing a program to work with their students in that level We also take, and as Kim mentioned earlier the districts in the Antelope Valley participate in the Partners in Nutrition Cooperative and as a co-op, it’s been a really big help to take in work together in managing our USDA Food Program and ensuring that we have a fluid supply chain so that we’re able to meet the demand of our communities And that’s worked out really well for us in networking and sharing with our foods as much as in sponsorship When school closure began in mid-March, we had taken and began a drive up service, much like many of you out of our comprehensive school sites We had from March through July served a little over 900,000 meals and that’s a split between breakfasts and lunches that we were taking and serving on a Monday through Thursday scheduled to give our staff a break on Fridays and doing a double pack out We, right now, I would say that that you know our numbers are picking up but nothing like they were during the early days of the pandemic, where we were serving approximately 80% of our average daily participation, you know, during the spring and the summer When we came back, we took a two week break in late July just prior to our school reopening and the beginning of August And when we reopened, we reopened under the National School Lunch Program guidelines and obviously you know that that created many challenges for our families, where they did not have the flexibility of being able to go to various districts that were sponsoring the summer program at different locations, bus routes, and the like So, what we ended up doing was taking and looking at how we could take and reach those eligible participants and help our elementary districts as well in that So what we had done in this is all in the month of August, we had created a memo of understanding, we worked with our program analysts to make sure that that we were following all guidance and it was where we had developed a memo of understanding with our elementary districts to be able to serve in conjunction with them So that we could take and be more accessible to our families also to take and lessen the amount of stops that they had to make between sponsors to be able to get meals for all their kids And we also have many families here in the Antelope Valley, who are relying on older children, students that would be attending school in our district are caring for younger

siblings at home and you know, the idea for us during the first few weeks of school prior to the reinstitution of the flexibility, was to make sure that we had the pieces in place so that an older sibling could take their younger brother or sister to a school and be able to get meals for everyone Most importantly, including that student And since there really was no competition at that point where we had that and more built into the seamless program during the summer This was a way for us to take and lessen the blow of NSLP participation under the guidance But fortunately for us on September 1, we got the listserv and the communication from CDE reinstituted the flexibility so we have this memo of understanding now with all of our elementary districts here in the Antelope Valley, and as you had mentioned before, Kim when we get to that point, in the event that after December 31, we revert back to some other level of sponsorship What we’re doing right now will be more seamless and being able to take in, all pun intended, be able to continue serving our students and not, you know, creating a hardship on them in regards to accessibility And you know, part of that pivoting as well, even with the flexibilities reinstituted in September, we saw that there were still challenges that our families were having in getting to our school sites and so what we did was we took and we worked with our students services department as well as our migrant ed program Our migrant ed program is the lead agency with the consortium of the elementary districts here in the Antelope Valley and by serving our families, we were able to identify congregate locations in addition to bus routes that a couple of our elementary districts here in the Antelope Valley are already running with where we could take and deliver meals and being able to go to a park, location, or being able to go to an apartment complex where we know that there are a lot of children that are engaged in distance learning, and be able to take a break when they are finished with their distance learning for the day that makes a big difference for us We’re really happy about getting that program rolled out And additionally, we also have our Student Services Representatives who work with migrant Ed families, they’re taking and they are running deliveries to homes that are a little more remote and where there is no transportation for either the children or the parent who may be in the residence And one of the things that I think is really important also to mention here in regards to serving with student services Our district has what’s called community attendance workers that are stationed at our school sites that work with students and their families that are going through struggles right now, which are obviously maximize during this time or heightened And we have a number of families without residents that are receiving housing assistance through LA county offices social services And what we’re doing with the bus routes that we have developed with our local transportation agency, we’re going to the motels and the road inns where we know we have students and the response has been tremendous So we’re really happy about that, you know, in creating an avenue for those families as well And you know with that, you know, we still, you know, are looking towards reopening again at some point Our district is planning to welcome our special education and our English learners students back actually, a week from yesterday on the 12th And so we’re beginning to meet with instructors and advisors right now to develop schedules for that hybrid model that Leah was talking about before to be able to serve both the students that are on campus each day, as well as those distance learners who still need the nourishment And when we do all of this, we have to also keep in mind, one of the activities that’s ongoing with districts and that’s always seeking funding And that’s where we are continuing to accept and process meal applications We are right now, I believe my district is ready to upload their CALPADS numbers to start

that process and will be working hard We have an aggressive campaign right now in our district, not only with the National School Lunch Program applications, but also with our education benefit forms that are used at our seven CEP sites so that way we can take and identify the need that’s in our community and make sure that the funding is appropriate to our district and our services that we offer students One of the things, also, that you know, I do want to take enough, I want to downshift a little bit and go back to what Leah had mentioned before with the waste we had taken and looked at our program as well And when we were serving, you know, we had a lot of food, at least from parents, coming back to us saying you’re giving us too much, you’re giving us too much and so we took and we began to set up offer versus serve in our drive up program where by taking in in having messaging out with our menu boards, as well as interacting with our parents with social distancing to take and you know, find out, you know, do they want the plum or do they want the orange, do they want the salad or the carrot sticks and keeping those options out there is great because it promotes the variety of our meal program All of the fruits and vegetables that that we’re using right now are either USDA commodity based and or we’re taking advantage of the DOD program It also works well because a lot of that produce is pre-packaged, which also have some food safety, as well as component standpoint, and what we’re seeing is, is that there is not a dramatic reduction in the amount that’s going out versus serving, but it’s definitely making a difference and it’s easier on the families and so you know that’s something that will also help when students do come back so that we’re not in the serve model that we still have that option of taking the various selections that we have to offer when the students do get back And I know that that I’m running out of time right now but one of the things that I do want to take and I want to extend appreciations or a shout out to at this point are all the folks that we’ve been working with You have mentioned before, Kim, the Partners in Nutrition Cooperative, there’s 34 districts out there that rely on all of the analysts and the consultants up at NSD for all of our sponsorship obligations and responsibilities So hats off to everybody from the Food Distribution Program The program has been great for us in managing our USDA foods and helping us shore up some of our supply issues in the beginning, our Procurement Resources Unit helping us with some non-competitive solicitations as they came up, Resource Management Unit with funding options and what we can and can’t pay for and all the program analysts Everyone’s been wonderful And we appreciate all the support that NSD has lent us (Sacramento CDE): Thank you very much, Joe That that was great And I love the partnerships to really think about reaching your at most at risk population The migrant ed program, what a great solution as well as a community attendance workers I know, over the course of my tenure with NSD, sat in on some statewide calls with the attendance workers and that is a really great connection for our school nutrition programs MOUs, again, I love how you really as a high school district, you’re thinking about the feeder schools and really working collaboratively with them and setting up those MOUs because it really makes it very family focused and then of course the survey and figuring out how to get the food to the meals, especially when you have such a large geographic area to cover So, thank you very, very, very much Good stuff So our next presenter is Leslie from Twin Rivers Unified School District right here in Sacramento County, we’re glad she’s here and she has an enrollment of just over 39,000 This is Leslie’s fourth year with the district She comes very well versed from the Dairy Council, having worked in food systems, as well as done so much work with the Smarter Lunchroom Movement which honestly during these times is perfect to really think about those strategies And we’re just really glad that she has a passion for thinking about the connection to equity and the school meals and making sure that our kids have access to the foods

that they need So, Leslie, we’re really looking forward to hearing from you, hearing some of the checks and balances that you have in place for, you know, really preventing distributing multiple meals so that program integrity piece of it and as well as we’ve heard from others really want to hear from you around student choices during this time So, welcome and thank you (Leslie Pring): Thank you so much and I’m happy and humbled to be here and it’s such an honor to be on this platform and to speak to many mentors and peers in the Child Nutrition field So as it was mentioned, I’m at Twin Rivers, we’re a little unique in the sense that we in Nutrition Services are not only feeding 53 Unified School Districts But we’re also feeding charter schools that are not affiliated with our district and county program So we have quite the different mix of agencies that we are working with to collaborate on feeding children at this time of distant learning At this point, we have no children on campus for learning We are 100% virtual and we’re doing curbside Monday through Friday So, all on this time it’s been kind of our mission to clean up our program integrity when it comes to policies and procedures we just got done with that administrative review this past March, it was quite a unique year when we have an AR, my first AR and also a pandemic at the same time So we were very much used to training our staff on policies and procedures So, when this curbside program came about, it was really our mission to make sure that staff were trained and well educated on what the system would be so I’m going to share my screen on our policies and procedures and we were fortunate that most staff that we had when we started, we had 17 school sites and most of the staff were all familiar with seamless summer option and they were fully aware that it was for kids 18 years and under, just a different means of delivering the meals curbside So when we started the year we were under National School Lunch and so we did a lot of educating and informing of our families who are used to eating for free because we are 100% CEP under one grouping as well So we didn’t have to worry about meal applications, but we wanted to make sure that our meals were responsibly given out and that we were giving it to children who were deemed 18 years and under or at the time in August, under NSLP truly enrolled Twin Rivers So we did a lot of informing of our school community, principles, and our parents that the requirement was going to be that when you come to a school site, you needed to have IDs So you needed to show a valid ID so we understood that most IDs, have not been given out yet for the current school year So we said that an ID from the previous school year if you had that If you did not have an ID, we said that if you could you show us a letter of enrollment, attendance record, and we listed out those different acceptable forms of showing enrollment So then when we switched to seamless summer in the same week of August, the first week of September, we wanted to continue with that same integrity and not really change We had never once at this point since doing curbside, advertise that meals could be picked up with children not present, we had always advertise that children needed to be present and if they weren’t present they needed to have a form of verification for those children So our community and our family was very well informed of those processes It wasn’t a huge change So, for this change for the school year when parents would come, they still knew the expectation was they either had to have the children with them or they needed to have an acceptable ID, again last year’s ID or current if they had one We still are pressing that to this day on that if there’s no children present, you need to have the ID So if the parent comes up to a school site and they do not have IDs, then we have to record per our policies, that they are, Nutrition Services staff will record the first and last name of that child or children They’re picking up for and then that’s kind of a one-time verification and we tell the parents that they are now to be picking up the designated school site And our staff are very well informed and onboard and on the same page with making sure that we are acting in the highest integrity of our program because they understand the severity if we’re not And so they also relay the information to those parents if they have issues or concerns they call me and I’ll talk to them, which has not been a lot But for those who have, they’re fully aware of the situation And so it’s a daily log and I’ll show you an example but our staff just kind of have it on a clipboard and if there’s no kids present and they’ve never seen them, they record the name and they explain why And then most staff will then go back at the end of day to verify on their own in our nutrition

system if the child is from a neighboring school or from the actual school they’re getting their meals and most often it’s from the school that they attend and that they’re getting the meals from And those around logs are then turned in with their daily paperwork and then we verify up here in the office and to make sure there’s no duplicates and we haven’t had any issues with that so far And if a family is asking for more than five, that’s our own internal policy and then they need to have evidence that they are either all five children theirs or for you know enrolled students or that they’re 18 and still again ID, some type of verification, and someone did bring, I think it was a passport or some type of other formal verification because it was a younger child And that’s fine too And we do have some situations where we are aware that there are community organizations or daycare providers that are going to our sites and that’s fine We’re excited to serve them But they’re off, they’re asking for a large volumes of meals and above 10 meals And so in that situation, they have called me, and I do request if they submit or email is perfectly fine, a documentation just saying the name of their daycare and the number of kids that they’re picking up and I do explain that the kids that they are going to be picking up, those are the only meals and if there are changes to that then they are to communicate with me And so we can make adjustments So that did happen on the other day, a preschool came and she was knew she was inquiring, she said, I heard that I need to provide some type of information So the kitchen manager just gave them my card and my number and she called and she emailed me and she gave me her state license which that’s not a requirement, but she thought that was a proof of verification that she is a daycare and I let the kitchen manager know that I had spoke with her and her name and when she would start coming and she was fully fine with that And so as I said, we have not advertised at all And we have always advertised that it’s only for kids 18 years and under or for Twin Rivers Schools or Gateway Charters or SCOE We’ve never advertised that parents can pick up and because we just didn’t want to have unintended consequences of that We’re serving a lot of meals and we just saw that can be really beyond our capacity to handle We also advertise that families only visit one meal service time we do offer two which is why the parent log comes in handy So in the morning they will note things on the parent log and sometimes the time that they came So then, in the afternoon, they can prove to the families, if they are in fact trying to come again that they already came in the morning and one site per day So that’s been very much our information and one meal kit per day Now the picture you see it’s pre facemask requirement It was in the earlier days of the pandemic, but we have a lot of signage out curbside that advertises our expectation of parents and how they can pick up our meals Same verbiage is just very unified in our messaging and we make sure that through the district communications, through the parents square, we do text messaging, and parent e-newsletters, it’s all the same consistent messaging that’s been out pretty much once per month is our goal to make sure the information is out And then our staff too there has been some uncomfortable times where, you know, families have said, oh, I haven’t come this morning I don’t know what you’re talking about, you know, I’m here this afternoon And because we do realize there’s two times and our staff are comfortable with saying, you know, unfortunately, I’m not going to be providing you the meals today, because on my parent log, I show that you are here with the same names and that you can just come tomorrow morning and pick up your meals, then It is a little uncomfortable and we are lucky that we haven’t had a lot of those situations And in that situation, little, just call me and I’ll explain that processes that were expected to be adhering to and then the family is fine And then for the most part, there are a few other situations where parents don’t want to give their names of their children And we said, that’s fine And again, to call me and I explained the process and they become a little more comfortable, you know, everyone you realize is a little unsettled with the ever changing environment we’re in, and everyone has outside stresses, so we just really focus on customer service with calming and not trying to escalate any uncomfortable situation And so this is the example of our meal log This was also with the assistance of Lunch Assist They had a great resource that we have adapted and this is the paper log that we use, we write the first and last name, additional comments staff will write the school name So once they verify and feed kids Or at times, write the color and make of the car if they suspect it’s a car that’s going

to multiple locations and or the time, not a school they visited the school, if they suspect that they are going to frequent amount of sites in a day And with that, you know, would you want to cater and ensure that we are offering a high integrity program also with our nutrition So we have, you know, in the beginning, we had ordered in June for the beginning of the school year with the anticipation that kids are being a hybrid model but during the summer, our district decided that we would be 100% distant learning It was too late to alter those menus so we had a lot of product that we were sitting on and we found that while normally we do a one month menu cycle, it’s very, you know, efficient, for us it was not becoming friendly for us to use during this time of the ever changing enrollment, fluctuation of numbers, and a lot of product we had to get through And so we made do and then with SSO that did greatly help us with going through a lot of our product that we had that then we adjusted to from one month menu cycle to one week menu cycle And we did something we added chef’s choice We had never done that before in a normal school year and that really empowered our staff and to really put to test all the professional development that we invest in every year for them, and they have had a great time with catering their menu based on their school and their community And so most elementary schools will offer two to three choices and our high schools are offering three to four choices Our expectation is that one of those choices at lunchtime has to be a hot consumable lunch So you can see our menu here We advertise, you know, what the menu will be so today we had a chef’s choice And that really is dependent on the site So one of the sites today I went in did fresh pulled pork sandwiches, they just put the pork and a little spot cup with some barbecue sauce and the bun because they knew that’s what their students had liked And you know we do also do a lot of fresh seasonal vegetables when we can The vegetable cup today was a cup, three fourths cup offering of a mix of cucumbers, tomatoes, and some broccoli or other fresh product that staff had had and so they realized that while this is different, this is not changed They’re still feeding their students on and it’s really stressful, it is fulfilling for them because they realize that this is the most and only normal aspect of a school day for these children and these children are in the car and they’re excited and they’re waving to their, you know, their lunch ladies and men at their site and they’re very excited And I think that first our staff were very apprehensive about it, but now they’re seeing that they are making a huge difference in these children and is really the only connection that they have on a school campus per day So we have really tried to offer that and replicate what campus dining will be but curbside So we have enjoyed it and I know my time is running out I’m happy to share any resources and thank you again for having me here today (Sacramento CDE): Thank you so much Leslie, and I love it Staff training, I mean, that is really the first step to program integrity is staff training and the fact that you really stressed the piece around customer service and program integrity is great I love the policy that you have in place for your childcare providers and pick up and chef’s choice as an meal option or a choice for the summer program, I think, is great So thank you so much for all that you do and for the program integrity Some great strategies there Our final panelist today is Nicole from Stockton Unified School District She’s representing our largest district today, really just under 40,000, she’s in the San Joaquin County and the Central Valley and she started her career in child nutrition in the state of Minnesota, and she worked at the second largest or two of the largest school districts in Minnesota and moved to Southern California, and then up to Northern California So we’re really glad that’s she’s part of our school community So welcome, Nicole And we’re looking forward again to hearing your checks and balances, and around making sure that, helping to mitigate multiple duplicate meals being sent out, hearing how you’re handling the state meal mandate and just other strategies, successes, and challenges that you’re currently facing so welcome (Nicole Barron): Thank you Kim for the opportunity to talk about our program that we have in Stockton I also want to thank my team in Stockton for helping to make that, we have a really good program in place this fall

So the topics that I have today are to talk about the checks and balances, to prevent distributing duplicate meals, and then also the state meal mandate, providing meals for all students including distance learners So as we were planning for back to school this school year and we were looking at a start date of August 3rd, and so we were doing our planning back in July when we were doing that planning, we wanted to make sure that we were maximizing our access to families so that they would be able to get meals and then also complying with the state and federal regulations And so as we were doing this planning, we looked at our experiences from the spring and summer meal service that we had, and then determined what adjustments we needed to make to have some improvements in place So when I talk about maximizing our access, we wanted to make sure that we were providing meals in all areas of our school district So the green area on the screen, shows our school district in Stockton and then the schools that are shown here are the ones who are currently serving, but I just wanted to show that we wanted to make sure we were in all areas and then during the spring and summer, we were only serving meals for an hour a day and we determined that this fall, we wanted to make sure that we were serving more than that because we knew that when kids are going to be back in school on Zoom, that lunchtime would be different in different schools are for different age students and also that a lot of our parents would be back to work And so we wanted to make sure that we had a time for our parents to pick up in the mornings So as we were looking at all of these things, we tried to determine the best way that we can maximize our access and still make sure that we’re following the regulations Let me try to go through these a little bit quicker because we’re at the end here So the way that we came up with was to provide scan cards and use our POS software at the curbside so this allows us to have the additional times where parents can pick up at any of the 28 sites we’re operating for all of their students And again, when we started, it was August, so it was before the waiver So we’re just looking at students at that point and then having expanded pickup times without increasing the possibility of duplicate meals So the use of the scan cards would ensure that the meals are only being served to eligible children And then the point of sale software was preventing duplicate meals because in real time It showed if the kids had been scanned, just as if they would put in their PIN number and in a regular cafeteria So the example of the cards that we’re using So we mailed out these cards to all of our students in the summer so this is just showing both sides of a postcard that was mailed out to students So this example shows to the parent/guardians of Johnny Cash obviously not a real student in our district with the ID number of 1234567 so it’s just their student ID number, and then the barcode was created based on that So again, they were mailed out in July, they could either go to our website or look at the scan code to get more information about our program and then we also send out information via email, via phone calls So a lot of information was provided to our parents So they knew that these cards would be coming in the mail to them and they knew what they were for once they receive them And if a parent did not receive their card, they could contact our office, we would do a reprint they could let us know what site they wanted to pick up that and the card would be available In addition, we still print cards twice a week because we still have students enrolling in the district even, you know, two months into the school year, there are still additional children enrolled So, we’re still printing and mailing the scan cards for our students So these are the ones for enrolled students So then when the waiver came out on August 31 we had to figure out how we were going to go back to serving all of the children who are 18 and under, and we had realized that when we implemented the scan cards that was really helpful in a lot of ways because it helped to reduce the number of the number of duplicates that we were serving, the number of parents who are going to multiple sites so we wanted to keep this integrity plan in place And so we developed an another scan card for nonstudents And so for this one we just created an additional school site in our POS software and we created

the scan cards for them with a different set of numbers and then parents can go to any of our sites, they can let us know they have additional children or at the beginning we were actually asking all of our families, do you have any additional children who are not students in the district And then if they did, we would fill out the paperwork We would give them a meal that day And then the next time they come to pick up meals, their card is there waiting for them So there is no wait time in between If they go to a site and they don’t have a card, we’ll issue them the meals that day and we’ll give them a card the next time they pick up But they do get a card for nonstudents as well And this helps us to make sure that we have their name, their birth date, and then if we have any questions we can contact that parent because we asked for the parent’s name and phone number as well We have not had any issues with any parents not wanting to fill out the form or give us that information And it’s actually been kind of fun to see that the younger kids are excited to have a card like their older siblings who are in school So that’s been kind of fun to see that they’re excited to have those as well So basically, again, it’s you know, postcard size so when they go to the sites there are scan stations so a lot of our sites have two scanning stations, one for families who are walking up and then one for families who are driving through So at the scan station, they have a Chromebook, obviously the nutrition POS software is on the Chromebook, and then they have a handheld scanner So you can see that our lead at Franklin High School is scanning cards here and then actually have some pictures from Friday So they scan the card and then this is an example of their driving through so you can see the cars kind of lined up there and we have multiple stations So after they scan the cards they let them know how many children they’re picking up for So this was last Friday, actually, and we were serving for 10 days because we’re currently on fall break so we handed out number 10 cans of fruit on Friday which was a really good way to use our USDA number 10 cans of fruit So it’s worked out really well in a lot of ways and some additional benefits that we hadn’t necessarily planned that we found or that parents are carpooling meal pickup for several families And so if they have all of the scan cards for their neighbors Right There really aren’t any issues or questions So we do have some families that are picking up for 12 or 14 kids, but they have all of the cards for three or four families and it’s not an issue because they have the cards Those other families have given them the cards to use Then for our staff, they’re no longer in some of those difficult positions that we had in the spring and summer We have a very large homeless population in Stockton and very near some of our school campuses so we did have a lot of homeless adults requesting meals and this process with the scanning and the cards has seemed to help alleviate that a little bit We have reduced families, obviously, going from site to site to pick up meals So now our staff don’t have to address that if they see that there are meals in the car because that was an issue in the spring and in the summer and our staff were really uncomfortable about having to address families So they would talk to us about it but that they didn’t want to address it And so this has eliminated our staff having to do that And it’s also eliminated people requesting more meals than the known number of children in the family So a lot of times in the spring, they would be getting four meals and then all the sudden a family would be getting six meals and then all of a sudden they would be good asking for eight meals And so now with the cards and filling out the paperwork, I mean, you know, honestly, people still, you know, they could lie, but it’s less likely that they’re going to because they’re putting their name on the piece of paper and actually getting the scan card and going through this process So, we’ve really found that a lot of these issues that we were having prior to the scan cards have gone away And it’s done much better So I did a little bit of a summary, I don’t really know how much, I think my time is up, but I did a little bit of a summary just on where we were each month and then the issues that we encountered and how we addressed those issues as they came up and, you know, at the

beginning, children were required to be there and then that changed Then we tried limiting our service times and locations to have some integrity that didn’t necessarily work, it you know it reduced access for our parents so we wanted to make sure we had good access, as I mentioned earlier So the scan cards have really been very successful at the beginning, we had some internet connectivity issues, but it’s pretty much resolved itself, we really worked very well with our with our print shop in our district, with our IT department Everybody’s been really good about helping us and supporting us to make sure that we’re serving meals to children And we did serve on Friday with those number 10 cans to 7,000 children So, that’s my last slide so great (Sacramento CDE): Thank you Thank you so much, Nicole First of all, I did chuckle at the number 10 can because it just takes me back to my dietetic days and doing the can cutting, but I just am really impressed how each of our presenters talked about creative ways using the USDA foods and DOD food So thank you The scan cards, what a great solution I think that’s wonderful and a very easy way to help reduce the potential of duplicate meals going out and the fact that you did, you know shifted to pivot to do to mealtime service to really support distance learning as well as parents working I think that is really phenomenal too And then just blindly, the linear chart I found great value in because it was, it seemed very systematic when much of this felt very chaotic and it was all over, you kind of put a system to it I think it’s great to see that that visual So thank you And thank you to all of our presenters today as we really do try to bolster each other with strategies for being successful during this time And just really want to thank everybody 2020 has been a roller coaster and I am not a roller coaster fan, but I’m happy to be on it with all of you So, so thank you As we really lean into each other to support each other I really want to thank everybody and I want to also give a shout out If I know that we have lots of new directors that are joining the California School Nutrition team So first of all welcome, and thank you for choosing this career We really want to help connect you It’s a little bit harder sometimes during all the distance learning that’s going on but we are here and want to help connect you to peers We have so much expertise in the State of California So Julie, who is really our champion here at NSD for connecting new directors and with mentors She is more than happy to connect you with a mentor and so please feel free to reach out to her, and we will make that connection for you and really encourage you to take that advantage Also, just a little plug that National School Lunch week is October 12th through the 16th, so please don’t forget to be promoting your programs, especially during this time And I think our next town hall which is on the October 20th, we can probably celebrate that and hear some of the success stories that have been happening to really celebrate the National School Lunch Program, especially during COVID-19 So thank you all for joining us I want to thank our speakers again And we look forward to continuing our dialogue, our strategies, our successes, our challenges, and just working together to serve our communities I hope you all have a great rest of the week and we’ll talk more on the 20th Thank you