The Mix Up Podcast – Episode 05 – Vince Caguin

The Mix Up Podcast

In Episode 5 of The Mixup, Chef Patrick chats with Vince Caguin, Director of the Natomas Unified School District. Join them as Vince discusses the strategies he is using to lead his team into the new school year.

Meal Pickup to Now Require Student Identification at Dearborn Public Schools

Pressandguide.com, author Jessica McLean, August 26, 2020

In Dearborn Michigan, starting September 7, parents or guardians picking up meal packs, which consist of a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch items for students, will be required to provide the name, student ID or student number for each child. This is to ensure meals are being distributed to Dearborn Public School Students, as funding has changed and emergency provisions are no longer available for the fall semester. Adults may, however, only have to provide this information once for the year, by registering with the Nutrislice App, where they can also access information about school menus. 

Full story, here: https://www.pressandguide.com/news/meal-pickup-to-now-require-student-identification-at-dearborn-public-schools/article_b60a07a0-e7b4-11ea-b7c2-0b544f32a2ad.html


Schools Aim to Feed Students – Including Remote Learners – This Fall

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, authors Bob Batz Jr., Joshua Axelrod, and Dan Gigler, August 24, 2020

This article provides an overview of how schools have adapted their meal services to accommodate both remote learners and students physically attending schools in the Pittsburg, Pennsylvania area. In the Penn-Trafford School District, students will dine in the cafeteria. The cafeteria will have new features, such as sneeze guards, social-distance stickers, and “without toppings bars.” The Pittsburg Public Schools opted to go fully virtual, and offers grab-and-go meals five days a week at more than 25 pick-up sites. The Hampton Township School District is utilizing a hybrid model that will have students physically attend schools two days a week, where they will send students home with meals to be eaten on days they are learning remotely. 

Full story, here: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/24/School-lunch-breakfast-COVID-19-USDA-Food-Bank-No-Kid-Hungry-Allies-for-Children/stories/202008180124

How the Pandemic Has Changed Cafeterias at Stark County Schools

IndeOnline.com, author Amy Knapp, August 20, 2020

In Stark County, Ohio, the Stark County Schools system is employing multiple new methods to foster safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Plain’s elementary schools, students will choose between two lunch menu items in the morning, and they will be served later in their classrooms. Older students will be served in the cafeteria, spaced out to be mindful of social distancing, and serving times will be staggered to prevent long lines from forming. The cafeteria is going cashless, and students will say their pin numbers to staff rather than type them in.

Full story, here: https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20200820/how-pandemic-has-changed-cafeterias-at-stark-county-schools

DeKalb Schools Partner with Atlanta Community Food Bank to Distribute Meals for Students

11alive.com, author Jason Braverman, August 25, 2020

The Dekalb County Public School District in Georgia has partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute food once a week to children who are in school and learning virtually at home. Food bundles will be available for pickup at DeKalb County Schools on Thursdays beginning August 27. They will also offer a two-day meal package for pick up.

Full story, here: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/dekalb-schools-partner-with-atlanta-community-food-bank-to-distribute-meals-for-students/85-e0c6574b-01d0-4116-a0d1-0c991ff21925

Questions and Answers for the Child Nutrition Programs during School Year 2020-21 – #5



The USDA, FNS has released an additional memo to help provide clarification to state agencies operating school food programs during school re-openings during the COVID-19 crisis. The memo provides information about additional waivers, and includes questions and answers to assist school nutrition professionals.


The full memo is available online, here: 


ICN 30th Anniversary Celebration

In conjunction with our 2019 National Advisory Council Meeting (NAC), ICN hosted a 30th Anniversary Celebration to reflect on the accomplishments of the Institute, and look forward to our continuing mission of serving child nutrition professionals. We were honored to welcome dignitaries from the University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, United States Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Services (USDA/FNS), School Nutrition Association (SNA), and all members of the Institute’s NAC.  ICN’s leadership and staff are excited about the future initiatives and projects that will maintain our vital support for child nutrition professionals across the country.

Team Nutrition’s USDA Standardized Recipes have moved to the Institute of Child Nutrition’s Child Nutrition Recipe Box!

The Child Nutrition Recipe Box provides Child Nutrition Program operators with recipes to prepare healthy and delicious meals that meet meal pattern requirements. These recipes are standardized to provide [Read More]

Free Webinars

Take advantage of the FREE webinars available from ICN and USDA! The monthly S.T.A.R. Webinar Series is offered the last Thursday of each month. CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursday [Read More]

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