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Universal Meals Listening Session Webinar #1

On October 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is hosting the first in a series of listening sessions for the newly established California Universal Meals Program (Universal Meals) beginning in School Year (SY) 2022­–23.

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

This listening session will provide an overview of the Universal Meals, address frequently asked questions, and include best practices from School Nutrition Program operators on the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

During the listening session, the NSD will collect input about Universal Meals and solicit input through the question and answer feature in Zoom. Items of particular interest that the NSD would like your feedback includes identifying:

  • Additional training needs to support the implementation of Universal Meals
  • Universal Meals requirements for school operations, such as minimum day service, that need further explanation or consideration
  • Effects of legislation on program operations, such as the implementation of a breakfast program and the collection of meal applications

If you have any questions or feedback prior to the Universal Meals Listening Session, please email at Your feedback is helpful to inform the NSD of content for the listening sessions.

In addition, please save-the-date for the second Universal Meals listening session on November 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. This listening session will focus on breakfast strategies, CEP implementation, maximizing direct certification, and reducing food waste. The NSD will send another email with registration information for the November 2, 2021 session.

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.


Universal Meals: Listening Session

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

2–3:30 p.m.

Registration and Cost

This listening session is free. Please register in advance for Universal Meals: Listening Session webinarExternal 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. Sign language interpreters will be participating in the webinar.

Universal Meals: Listening Session Webinar Recordings

The Listening Session Webinars are recorded; however, please note that it takes approximately 3 weeks from the date of the Session to post the recording to the California Department of Education website.

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

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 22, 2021
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