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COVID-19 Guidance for Managing USDA Foods Inventories in SY 2020-2021

This webinar provides guidance on flexibilities available to help you manage USDA Foods in Schools during these unprecedented times due to COVID-19. Topics include information on USDA Foods direct delivered products, USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the National Processing Program. We cover some actions you can take to assist with utilization of USDA Foods inventories and minimize food loss. This webinar is intended for State Distributing Agency and FNS Regional Office staff who manage USDA Foods in Schools programs.

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Using USDA Foods in Disasters, Emergencies, and Situations of Distress

This webinar is intended for State Distributing Agencies and FNS Regional Office staff and highlights how USDA Foods may be used in congregate feeding or disaster household distribution during a disaster, emergency, or situation of distress response. We discuss the importance of planning, preparation and communication before, during and after a disaster response.

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The Enhanced CSFP Food Package in Action: Where Are We Now?

In early 2020, programs began to implement the enhanced CSFP food package that includes more variety, flexibility, and healthier food options. This webinar focuses on the food package enhancements and how to successfully manage inventory to adjust for client preferences, logistical challenges, and inventory shortfalls. We provide an overview of the new foods that have improved the food package and review the inventory ordering tool to help states and local agencies adjust to changing needs based on client feedback.

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It's a New School Year: What's Happening with USDA Foods in Schools

This webinar highlights recent updates and provides guidance on managing USDA Foods in Schools, including information on the USDA Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and National Processing Program. We cover updates on allocating funds and adding new sites to USDA DoD Fresh, monitoring USDA Foods inventories, and details on SY 2020-2021 entitlement calculations, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Opt-In Waiver for School Year 2020- 2021 National School Lunch Program USDA Foods Entitlement Calculations.

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CSFP 101

The CSFP 101 webinar provides attendees with a brief history of CSFP, allowable uses of administrative funds, and policy basics.  Attendees also receive an overview of CSFP income eligibility standards and distribution of CSFP food package policies. This webinar is intended for state and local agencies who manage CSFP.

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Seeding Success: Telling Your Story

In this final webinar in the Seeding Success Series, USDA OCFS Mountain Plains Regional Lead, Andrea Alma, discusses various ways in which farm to school programs can successfully share the good work they are doing with key audiences in the community.

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Seeding Success: Let's Get Growing - School Gardens and Farms

Part Five of the Seeding Success Series features USDA OCFS Western Regional Lead, Julianna Arnett, and covers some promising ideas of incorporating school gardens and local food producers (farmers, ranchers, and fishers) in your farm to school framework.

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Building Farm to School Teams

Part Two of the Seeding Success Series: "Building Farm to School Teams" - Featuring USDA OCFS Southeast Regional Lead Samantha Benjamin-Kirk, and Amanda Storey of Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

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Seeding Success: Integrating Farm to School in Curriculum

Part Four of the Seeding Success Series: Integrating Farm to School into Curriculum and Institution features USDA OCFS South West Regional Lead Rachel Spencer and special guests Paige Mollen of the Mollen Foundation and Dana Martin, a Food Corps team member. The panel discusses ways to merge farm to school concepts into the institutional fabric of a school.

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Seeding Success Webinar 1

In this introductory webinar, Office of Community Food Systems staff summarize grantee reporting requirements and review the processes for submitting No Cost Extensions and budget amendments. This webinar also features a message from Julie Brewer, Director of the Office of Community Food Systems.