Best practices and lessons learned

  • To avoid close contact with families, dining staff must serve from inside the school building and pass the meal bags through the door

    • Also serve from inside so in case of emergency, dining staff can shut doors quickly

  • Use a serving tray to pass meal bags to the families

  • Counting & claiming have two forms: one for reimbursable (student is present) and non-reimbursable (student is not present)

    • Made them different colors so easily identifiable 

  • Signs to post on site - recommend to laminate if they are going to be outside

  • Recommend schools to find funding to purchase sign holders or sandwich boards to put on sidewalk 

  • Work with local food bank to set up close to one another and at the same service time, so families can get both school meals and pantry items

    • Our school meal numbers go up on days with food pantry 

  • Use chalk on the sidewalk to mark 6 feet distance for families to stand on as they wait 

  • Work with school district security to come to school feeding sites

  • Daily central office call to provide updates and make adjustments as needed

    • Discuss on the call: each site provides updates (meal counts, were custodian and security present, meal delivery issues), next day plan, district or state-wide updates

  • DPH have been coming out to school sites to make sure hot water is running and fridge temperatures are within range

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