- Author: Shelby MacNab
Thanks to the great folks at Fresno Unified School District, we're able to share a few 'behind the scenes' photos from the recent visit with USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon. Read more about that visit here.
Students taking part in a school meal roundtable at Computech Middle School with (Left to right) Michael Hanson, Superintendent; Andrew Scherrer, Computech Principal; and Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary of the USDA.
(Left to right) Jeremy Ward, Principal, Duncan Polytech; Jesus Mendoza, USDA Regional Administrator, Western Region; Cal Johnson, Board President; Michael Hanson, Superintendent; Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary of the USDA; Shelby MacNab, UC CalFresh Supervisor; Jose Alvarado, Food Services Director; Lynnette Brewer, UC CalFresh Supervisor; Andrew Scherrer, Computech Principal; and Karin Temple, Assistant Superintendent, Operational Services.
Jesus Mendoza and Jose Alvarado discuss the efforts Fresno Unified is making to provide healthy meals to all students thanks to the Community Eligibility provision (CEP). The CEP allows the district to feed all students for no-cost, regardless of income.
After spending the morning at Computech Middle School, Undersecretary Concannon was welcomed to the FUSD Nutrition Center.
(left to right) Food Service Director, Jose Alvarado, and USDA Undersecretary, Kevin Concannon, take a look at the Nutrition Corner, which features nutrition education and wellness efforts taking place in Fresno Unified School District. UC CalFresh spotlights the great work being done with the district here, including Smarter Lunchrooms efforts.
Jose Alvarado leads the group on a tour of the FUSD Nutrition Center.
The whole wheat rolls were a fan favorite! Undersecretary Concannon was excited to try one, and gave a thumbs up!
Thanks for taking a look behind the scenes! UC CalFresh enjoyed participating in the visit and are thrilled that the district can now feed all students, regardless of income.
- Author: Brittanny N. Zweigle
At the University of California Cooperative Extension, we are proud to partner with the dietitians of tomorrow!
Since August we have worked with 5 dietetic interns from California State University, Fresno. I have had the pleasure of taking them to school sites, and showing them a typical day in the life of a Community Education Specialist working in community nutrition.
We look forward to working with additional Fresno State dietetic interns in January! To learn more about the Fresno State Dietetics Program, Click here.
If you'd like to gain experience in community nutrition by volunteering with UC CalFresh, apply to participate in our Master Education Extender Team by clicking here.
- Author: Shelby MacNab
Building Smarter Lunchrooms
One of the concepts from the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement has to do with branding and promoting cafeteria meals to increase participation and the consumption of healthy foods. Fresno Unified launched a new soft taco at Computech earlier this week. With just a few promotional signs and flyers, the tacos were a hit!
Join the Movement
The total cost to promote the new taco was just over $11. Low-cost promotions can help school food service departments encourage students to try new things.
UC CalFresh can provide technical assistance to help start a Smarter Lunchrooms movement in your cafeteria! If you'd like to join the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in Fresno County, email Shelby MacNab at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Fresno Welcomes USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon
Fresno Unified is the largest school district in California to apply for the community eligibility provision. As the videos below demonstrate, the district is thrilled to offer meals to all students!
Smarter Lunchrooms Make a Big Impact at Computech Middle School
UC CalFresh has collaborated with FUSD on Smarter Lunchrooms efforts in the district, and was invited to work at Computech Middle School to make a few additions to the cafeteria to promote healthy foods.
Computech has a large cafeteria with a lot of room to feature student work, add items to the serving line, and promote healthy foods. The flow of meal service is very efficient, and the Noon Time Assistants at the school already do a fantastic job of setting up the lunch trays for meal service each day. After identifying many strengths at the site, our goal was to enhance and build on those strengths. Working together we made a huge impact!
Below are some of the photos of the additions made to the cafeteria, along with the positive feedback we have already received from staff and students!
"The bowls look real nice, real fancy." -student, upon seeing tablecloths and clear fruit bowls replacing the tubs used.
"It looks really nice." -student, remarking on the changes made in the cafeteria.
"It makes me feel like I want to be in here." -Noon Time Assistant, commenting on the changes to the teachers' lunchroom
Future Collaborations Planned
UC CalFresh had a great time working at Computech, and looks forward to collaborating with FUSD Food Service staff at additional school sites early next year!
- Author: Shawna Rogers
UC CalFresh often attends community and school events to promote nutrition and physical activity. At their recent harvest festival, students at Birney elementary started their evening of fun and food off with a little physical activity!
They rehydrated after their workout with mango infused water. Yum!
These two spun the opportunity at the UC CalFresh booth to work their legs with squats. I joined in and got a great workout myself!
They came back for more, so we also dribbled a basketball, jumped rope, did jumping jacks and bicep curls. It was a busy night at the free physical activity booth!
UC CalFresh teaches nutrition and promotes physical activity in Fresno County. Learn more about how we can support your school or organization by visiting our website.