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Universal Meals Listening Session January 11, 2022


On January 11, 2022, at 2 p.m., the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is hosting the third in a series of listening sessions for the newly established California Universal Meals Program (Universal Meals) beginning in School Year 2022­–23.

Universal Meals is designed to build on the foundations of the federal National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. There are three key pillars to help ensure greater access to school meals:

  1. California’s State Meal Mandate is expanded to include both a nutritiously adequate breakfast and lunch for all children each school day.

  2. California’s Universal Meals Program requires high poverty schools to participate in a federal provision.

  3. The California State Legislature allocates funds to provide additional state meal reimbursement to cover the cost of the Universal Meals Program.

Through the California Universal Meals Programs, public school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools serving students in grades K–12 will provide a breakfast and lunch meal, free of charge during each school day to students requesting a meal, regardless of their free or reduced-price meal eligibility.

The January listening session, will focus on the requirement of high poverty schools to implement one of the federal meal provisions. The session will include an overview of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and best practices for maximizing direct certification matches. In addition to hearing from NSD experts, we will be joined by Daryl Hickey from Pomona Unified School District who will share his experience operating the CEP.

If you have any questions or feedback prior to the Universal Meals Listening Session, please email UniversalMealsSY22@cde.ca.gov. Your feedback is helpful to inform the NSD of content for future listening sessions. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the Nutrition What’s New Web Page.

The NSD will continue to hold monthly listening sessions to support the launch of Universal Meals. Registration information for future listening sessions is forthcoming.

Target Audience

The target audience includes all state and local school nutrition professionals, superintendents, school business officials, and community partners involved in school meal service.

Schedule

Universal Meals: Listening Session

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

2–3:30 p.m.

Registration and Cost

This listening session is free. Please register in advance for listening sessionExternal link opens in new window or tab..

After registering, you will see a screen that says Webinar Registration Approved with a link to the webinar. You will also receive several emails with the information about joining the webinar. First, you will receive confirmation the day you register and then you will receive two reminder emails: one day and one hour prior to the webinar. If for some reason you cannot find the email confirmation or do not receive the reminders, you can always reregister.

Tip for Attendees

To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Zoom.

If for some reason you receive an error message that the host has declined your webinar registration, try using an alternate email address.

Crediting Information

Administration (3000)

  • Program Management (3200)
    • Manage staff work including scheduling (3210)
Reasonable Accommodation

Pursuant to state and federal statutes, individuals with a disability may request reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in the Universal Meals: Listening Session. Closed Captions will be available via Zoom.

Universal Meals: Listening Session Webinar Recordings

The Listening Session Webinars are recorded and available for viewing on the California Department of Education COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs web page. Please note that it may take up to six weeks from the date of the live Listening Session for the recording to be posted.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Angela Blackney, Analyst, by phone at 916-445-5723 or by email at ablackney@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
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