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Monday, November 26, 2012

FW: F2S + New Meal Pattern


I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving!


Please see info below, including contact info to RSVP, about a USDA Farm to School webinar on the new school meal pattern this Thursday, November 29th.




Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Rd | Rm 303 Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517.432.0310 |


From: Kane, Deborah - FNS []
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 1:55 PM
To: Kane, Deborah - FNS
Cc: Brown, Laura - FNS
Subject: F2S + New Meal Pattern


I wanted to let you know about an upcoming webinar and ask for your help in making sure it is a productive one.


What: F2S + New Meal Pattern

When: Thursday, November 29th, 1:00 EST

RSVP for dial in instructions to: Laura Brown via


Now that schools are back in session and working their way through new meal pattern implementation, USDA would like to host a webinar to focus on inclusion of local and regional products in the new meal pattern. Early feedback from the field suggests there is a broad continuum regarding how school districts are responding to the new regulations. As it relates to adoption of “farm to school” approaches, some schools see plenty of opportunity to buy local and others feel more constrained with regard to options for buying local. In addition to USDA Farm to School personnel, FNS Child Nutrition Program staff will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the new meal pattern in general and local and regional products in specific.


Here’s how you can help make sure it is a productive webinar: Please send any questions and/or feedback in advance so that we can prepare the proper resources and recruit the proper experts. What are you hearing in your communities or from your constituents? We’d like to hear about both positive and negative perspectives, as well as specific questions people have.


Please direct all questions and feedback to Laura Brown via email at


Thanks so much. Looking forward to speaking with many of you on the 29th.   



Deborah J. Kane

National Director, USDA Farm to School Program

(c) 503.260.1717





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