The days are shorter and there is so much SNOW! It really is winter in Wisconsin.
Our Winter Collaborative Partner meeting continued our “Flattening the Inequity Curve” series as we learned “How School Districts are Feeding Families During the Pandemic.”
Food Service Directors, Steve Youngbauer, from Madison Metropolitan School District, and Michelle Denk, from Mt. Horeb School District discussed the ways their teams have re-envisioned school meals and pivoted to meet the needs of children and families including changing pick-up times, adding delivery of meals to remote neighborhoods, and adding food services for adult family members. Their work demonstrates how new partnerships have developed during the pandemic, forged around shared values and collaboration.
This month the School Nutrition Association included Universal School Meals in their 2021 Legislative Agenda. This would enable all school districts to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students. Decreasing stigma, providing healthier choices, and reducing obesity all could be achieved through such a program. We are encouraged by growing support for this program.
Nicole Hudzinski, Government Relations Director, for the American Heart Association, also shared upcoming Wisconsin legislation around food security, water promotion and tobacco use. Please sign up for lobbying alerts to receive updates on this work and ways you can be involved (information in slides).
We greatly apologize for sending an ineffective link to our meeting and are sorry for the inconvenience it caused. We love gathering together and are sorry about missing this opportunity with many of you.
Please mark your calendar for our Spring Collaborative meeting on Wednesday, April 28 from 12:30 – 2 pm.