Updates for Our First Responders

We are so impressed with the leadership among school nutrition professionals this week. Yesterday, we looked up the definition of "first responder" and realized that school nutrition professionals belong on this list. 
 
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Thank you for your bravery and courage while providing meals during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Policy Updates
USDA and State Agencies are working around the clock to provide additional clarifications. The California Department of Education released updated guidance regarding COVID-19.

Key takeaways:

1.  Social distancing during meal service is vital to controlling the spread of COVID-19.
  • See the Toolkit for guidance on protecting your team.
  • Coming Soon: A flyer that outlines how to keep people safe while they serve meals.
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  With prior approval, meals may be sent home for multiple days at a time.
  • Warning: additional monitoring requirements will be forthcoming from USDA.
  • For now, consider sending families home with these printable food safety cards.

3. Schools where less than 50% of children qualify for free or reduced-price meals may still be approved to serve emergency meals. Focus services on low income families through targeted outreach.
  • Send flyers, email blasts, and other announcements.
  • Consider asking local agencies to share information about your meals.
  • Visit Feeding America to partner with the food bank in your community.

4.  Reminder: children must be present to receive meals.

Utah
Our hearts go to out everyone in Utah this morning. If you haven't heard, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near Salt Lake City, Utah early on Wednesday morning. Meal services are down in the affected areas, and the Coronavirus hotlines are not working. Stay safe Utah. We are thinking of you.

We want to hear from you!
What other resources would be help you right now? Please let us know by commenting below. We will be working to fill in the gaps. 

Thank you for all that you are doing to feed our kiddos!
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