The School Nutrition STAR 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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November STAR Webinar – Highlight the Success of Farm to School

SNA Key Area(s): 1 Nutrition

USDA Professional Standard Code(s): (1170) Plan for effective use of USDA Foods.

Learning Objective(s): Attendees will identify strategies, action steps and resources to learn how their entitlement is calculated and why it can change. Attendees will also identify strategies that some states use in developing catalogs to offer USDA Foods to schools and how to make fact-based decisions on how to maximize their entitlement and their effective use of USDA Foods.

Thursday, November 14, 2019/2:30-3:30 PM ET (1:30-2:30 PM CT; 12:30-1:30 PM MT; 11:30-12:30 PM PT)

USDA Foods are available to child nutrition programs in three ways: direct delivery, USDA Foods Processing, and the USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Danielle Lyons with USDA, FNS will provide an overview of USDA Foods and the benefits of incorporating American grown USDA Foods into your healthy school menus. Mike Birkmeyer, Maryland State Department of Education, will teach how entitlement is calculated throughout the year, explain how states determine which USDA Foods to offer schools, and provide strategies and best practices of how districts can determine which of these three ways may be best for their operation.

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

Meet the Webinar Speakers:

Mike Birkmeyer
American Commodity Distribution Association
Maryland State Department of Education

Danielle Lyons
Senior Program Analyst
Child Nutrition Operations Branch
USDA/FNS/Food Distribution Division


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

Topic: STAR Webinar – Strategies to Help Implement a Successful Farm to School Program
Start Time : Oct 31, 2019 01:28 PM

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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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