The School Nutrition S.T.A.R. webinar series will feature school districts that have implemented creative strategies and best practices for common school nutrition topics as well as allied organizations who develop and offer free resources to support school nutrition programs.

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October STAR Webinar – Strategies to Help Implement a Successful Farm to School Program

SNA Key Area(s): 1 Nutrition

USDA Professional Standard Code(s): (1130) Utilize local food sources, especially Farm to School, when possible.

Learning Objective(s): Attendees will identify strategies, action steps, and resources to help implement a successful Farm to School program.

Thursday, October 31, 2019/ 3:00-4:00 PM ET (2-3 PM CT; 1-2 PM MT; 12-1 PM PT)

More than two-thirds of school districts that engaged in Farm to School activities reported positive impacts, including increased support from parents and community members. Schools also reported that Farm to School helped lower school meal program costs. This webinar explores strategies and best practices on how to implement a local Farm to School program. It will highlight success stories from individuals on ways to start and sustain a lasting Farm to School program in your community. Gwendolyn Holcomb with USDA, FNS will provide an overview of the Farm to School Program. Lindsey Morgan and Jennie Lazarus both from USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools will describe how they have diversified their Farm to School efforts in order to reach their nearly 12,000 students. Susan Nelson will describe what the Baldwin County BOE is doing with their Farm to School efforts.

As always, a continuing education certificate will be available after completion of the webinar.

Meet the Webinar Speakers:

Gwendolyn Holcomb

Senior Technical Analyst
Farm to School Program
Alexandria, Virginia

Lindsey Morgan, RD

Supervisor, Nutrition & Wellness
USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools
USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools
Lawrence, Kansas

Jennie Lazarus

Outdoor Education Coordinator
USD 497 Lawrence Public Schools
Lawrence, Kansas

Susan Nelson, M.Ed

Director of School Nutrition
Baldwin County BOE
Milledgeville, GA


Past School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Webinars

Topic: S.T.A.R. – Strategies for Achieving Quality Customer Service Among School Nutrition Staff
Date: Sep 26, 2019 01:16 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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STAR September 2019

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Employee Engagement September 30, 2019 Download
Customer Service: A Common Sense Approach September 30, 2019 Download
September 2019 - STAR Presentation September 30, 2019 Download

S.T.A.R. – Strategies That Promote a Culture of Food Safety

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STAR August 2019

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Liz_Presentation August 30, 2019 Download
KristinPresentation August 30, 2019 Download
S.T.A.R. – Strategies for Implementing a Local School Wellness Program

STAR  – Nutrition Education Strategies to Promote Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

STAR – Strategies for Utilizing Standardized Recipes

STAR – Strategies for Implementing Safe Summer Meals

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STAR – Strategies for Promoting School Breakfast

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STAR – School Nutrition Programs Support a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

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STAR-Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills for School Nutrition Managers

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Strategies for Managing Conflicts in the Workplace

Key Performance Indicators for School Nutrition Success

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October 2018

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STAR KPI Presentation October 29, 2018 Download
Key Performance Indicators Measure It-Manage It October 29, 2018 Download

Food Safety Basics

Strategies to Integrate Nutrition Education Curriculum Within School Nutrition Programs.

Strategies to Integrate Nutrition Education Curriculum Within School Nutrition Programs.

Archived STAR webinar from June 2018: Creative Approaches for Professional Development in School Nutrition Programs.

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