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Upcoming Trainings and Webinars to Support Implementation of New Meal Standards


5.8.2012 California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division (CDE NSD) is hosting a suite of trainings and webinars to support districts as they transition to the new meal pattern. 


Make It Right! Lunch Menu Planning Workshops: The current series of workshops will continue through June 1. Due to the popular response, the NSD is planning additional workshops during June and through the summer. The workshops provide child nutrition directors and menu planners the opportunity to apply the food-based menu planning (FBMP) approach to their current lunch menus. While some sessions are full, many still have space available. Please note: Registration is limited to two people per agency for the workshop series. If you contract with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC) or vendor for your menu planning, we recommend that their representative attend the session with you; however, FSMCs and vendors cannot attend this training in lieu of School Food Authorities (SFA). Instructions here

New Meal Pattern and HealthierUS School Challenge-Sacramento, May 23, 2012, and Riverside, May 25, 2012. Aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this training from the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) provides the most up-to-date information on these two topics in one neat package. Instructions here. Training topics include:

  • New Meal Pattern
  • Vegetable Sub Groups
  • Whole Grain-Rich Foods
  • Meal Components and Menu Planning
  • Menu Criteria for HUSSC


Peer2Peer: Food Service Directors Moving Toward Meeting the New Lunch Requirements-May 15, 2012, and May 22, 2012, 2 p.m. These two Webinars will feature food service directors who have started implementing some of the new meal pattern requirements. Hear firsthand about successes and challenges encountered so far along the way. May 15 will feature Patty Page, Manteca Unified School District (USD), and Pamela Lambert, Escondido Union High School District. On May 22, we will hear from Sandee Larsen, San Lorenzo USD, and Barbara Lee, Livermore Valley Joint USD.  Pre-registration is not required. Instructions here

Overview and Effective Use of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods-May 29, 2012, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the NSD Food Distribution Program (FDP) will provide the information you need to get the biggest bang for your buck with the USDA Foods program. Mark your calendars! Pre-registration is not required. Instructions (page 1) here

Peer2Peer: Food Service Directors Already Using USDA Foods to Meet the New Lunch Requirements-June 5, 2012, 2 p.m. FDP will host this Peer2Peer Webinar featuring California food service directors (to be determined) who are making the most of the USDA Foods program. These guest speakers will provide detailed information on how they are meeting the new standards and keeping their food service operation in the black using USDA Foods. Instructions (page 2) here