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Focus wide virtual meeting 01.20.10 final

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Focus wide virtual meeting 01.20.10 final

  1. 1. FOCUS Virtual Meeting Wednesday, January 20, 2009 12:00 ET
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Please tell us: </li></ul><ul><li>Your name </li></ul><ul><li>Your organization and state </li></ul><ul><li>One sentence about either </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why you’re involved in FOCUS, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Something happening in your district that advances the goal of procuring more healthful, local and/or sustainably produced food for your schools </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. How can you be involved? <ul><li>We know many of us have more passion than time for this work! </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to engage at any level at any time </li></ul>
  4. 4. Levels of involvement <ul><li>Observer </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in our work and receive our materials </li></ul><ul><li>Read our materials when you can </li></ul>
  5. 5. Levels of involvement <ul><li>Storyteller </li></ul><ul><li>Share your successes and challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Have some ability to provide input when requested </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Posting on Knowledge Café </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being interviewed or writing for Month in FOCUS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing input on documents </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Levels of involvement <ul><li>Networker </li></ul><ul><li>Attend in-person and telephone meetings when possible </li></ul><ul><li>Share information with others within FOCUS </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in this call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you can’t attend a call but want to be involved, RSVP with a one-sentence question or update to share </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending our Annual Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calling another FOCUS participant for support/involvement </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Levels of involvement <ul><li>Ambassador </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with those outside of FOCUS about our work </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact government representatives regarding policy priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to members of the media about FOCUS work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host a site visit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide input to USDA </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Levels of involvement <ul><li>Team member </li></ul><ul><li>Involved in planning and decision-making on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Meeting Planning Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real School Food Showcase Planning Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Lab participant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Working Group Steering Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Integration Team </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. School food professionals & community partners <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>People think highly of us; many wish they could be part of Learning Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and resource sharing highly valued </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize power of collaborative work </li></ul><ul><li>Successes: nutrition education, wellness, farm to school, gardens, scratch cooking </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges: time, resources </li></ul><ul><li>Schools appreciate partners working in concert toward mutual goals </li></ul>
  10. 10. What do FOCUS participants want? <ul><li>To network and learn from one another </li></ul><ul><li>To engage additional stakeholders, e.g. principals, students, faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Support for procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Information, updates, resources, e.g. School Food 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Public recognition of work with FOCUS and schools </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy to change the rules </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lessons learned <ul><li>Local successes can be leveraged statewide </li></ul><ul><li>Change is slow; depends on readiness, environment, confidence, comfort level </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face gatherings crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Large districts have particular set of challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent advocacy works </li></ul>
  12. 12. Annual Meeting <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>School Food FOCUS Second Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 25-27, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 100 attendees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>55 school food service professionals and community partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USDA reps, national partners, resource people, experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOCUS staff and consultants + staffing from Kids First </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Annual Meeting <ul><li>Purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Create climate of possibility to catalyze procurement change </li></ul><ul><li>Expand channels for sharing knowledge and building capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Elevate power of large-scale procurement in creating more healthful, regional and sustainable school food </li></ul><ul><li>Present new, replicable model for vendor involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Explore paths for alignment about product-specific procurement change </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize work of FOCUS stakeholders and leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate new participants and deepen commitment of all to FOCUS and its work </li></ul>
  14. 14. Real School Food Showcase <ul><li>Will take place at Annual Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Will link large districts with hand-picked, well-vetted vendors that meet FOCUS criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Attendees can sample foods, learn how they are produced, speak to vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement change case studies from 4 FOCUS districts </li></ul>
  15. 15. Annual Meeting Program <ul><li>Currently in development </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Team </li></ul><ul><li>LIT input </li></ul>
  16. 16. Annual Meeting Program <ul><li>Thursday, March 25 </li></ul><ul><li>Tour of Chicago School Food led by Bob Bloomer </li></ul><ul><li>Registration & welcome </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS orientation for new participants </li></ul><ul><li>Reception </li></ul><ul><li>Dinner & evening program: keynote by Janet Poppendieck </li></ul>
  17. 17. Annual Meeting Program <ul><li>Friday, March 26 </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS Real School Food Showcase </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch catered by Wolfgang Puck </li></ul><ul><li>Share learning from Showcase: Action research </li></ul><ul><li>Roundtable discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing insights >> action steps </li></ul><ul><li>Closure & evaluation </li></ul>
  18. 18. Annual Meeting Program <ul><li>Saturday, March 27 </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS caucuses, working groups, next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Closure & evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch & farewells </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS Leadership Integration Team meeting </li></ul>
  19. 19. Child Nutrition Reauthorization <ul><li>CNR expected to begin moving very soon; will likely move quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Amount of additional funds for CNR uncertain </li></ul><ul><li>Several bills include $50M for farm to school and FOCUS policy priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Working closely with partners in DC on advocacy </li></ul>
  20. 20. What you can do for CNR <ul><li>Write, call, or visit your members of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Follow action alerts from our partners at Community Food Security Coalition , Food Research and Action Center , School Nutrition Association , and NYC Alliance for CNR </li></ul><ul><li>Become involved in local or state efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Join FOCUS Policy Working Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask [email_address] for more info </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. NYC Alliance for CNR <ul><li>Coalition of organizations and individuals, educators, nutrition experts, and other New Yorkers united around CNR </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>End child hunger and food insecurity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure that all children have access to nutritious foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce childhood obesity and ensure healthy children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support regional farm and food economies while creating jobs and protecting the environment </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. NYC Alliance for CNR <ul><li>Activities include: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating and implementing letter writing campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Events such as site visits for Congressional delegates to child nutrition programs </li></ul><ul><li>Media campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Congressional visits and grassroots organizing </li></ul>
  23. 23. One Tray Team <ul><li>One Tray Team </li></ul><ul><li>School Food FOCUS </li></ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Network </li></ul><ul><li>Community Food Security Coalition </li></ul>
  24. 24. USDA <ul><li>USDA is addressing recommendations from One Tray’s ‘What Can USDA Do?’ including: </li></ul><ul><li>Change in geographic preference language </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to School Tactical Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Research priorities including mapping local food projects, identifying gaps in supply chain, surveying kitchen equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) meeting to provide recommendations on supply chain challenges </li></ul><ul><li>New websites aimed at local procurement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm to School </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. USDA <ul><li>What you can do </li></ul><ul><li>Provide input to USDA when requested </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current opportunity: FNS roundtable at SNA Legislative Action Conference in DC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let us know if you will attend meeting and would like to participate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Apply for Tactical Team site visit </li></ul>
  26. 26. Evaluation <ul><li>Please answer the following, either verbally or via email to [email_address] : </li></ul><ul><li>What from this call was most valuable to you? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like to hear covered in future calls? </li></ul><ul><li>What would have made this call better for you? </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>

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