H1N1 Webinar


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Join USDA's Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Janey Thornton for a Special Webinar on Providing Meals to Needy Children During an H1N1-Related School Dismissal


The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with USDA will be offering this special webinar on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. This is not being offered on Wednesday as a “Wednesday Webinar”.  Attendance for this event is limited. Due to anticipated demand, SNF encourages participants to arrange for viewings in a group setting when possible. Questions and Answers specific to  meal service will be addressed during the event and posted following the webinar. Resource information will be provided that will direct  participants to  additional information for other types of questions related to H1N1. This webinar will address information contained in two USDA Policy Memos released in July 2009 outlining how school and community organizations may continue to provide reimbursable meals to low-income children during potential school dismissals. Meals served during these dismissals may be claimed through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Experts from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Education also will share critical updates and resources on H1N1 influenza preparedness and recommendations for the education community.

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Date:         Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Time:         2:00 PM EDT/1:00 PM CDT/12:00 PM MDT/11:00 AM PDT

Duration:  90 minutes (approximately)

Intended Audience: School district administrators; district school foodservice directors; State agency personnel

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As a result of participating in this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Review and revise preparedness plans.
2. Implement prevention and control strategies to mitigate the spread of virus in the school district.
3. Work with local public health officials to determine recommendations for school closures.
4. Plan for providing an alternative for missed school meals according to USDA guidelines, including appropriate distribution strategies, when schools are closed.
5. Obtain prior approval for alternative meal service for children receiving free and reduced price meals.
6. Refer families of low income children to additional nutrition assistance resources in the community.
7. Serve as a community partner to provide emergency feeding, if needed. 

Webinar Resources:


Brenda Lisi, MPA, MS, RD
Director, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Emergency Management and Food Safety
Alexandria, VA


Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS
Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USDA, Washington, DC

Melissa Rothstein, MPA
Branch Chief, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Division, Policy and Program Development Branch, Alexandria, VA

Lisa C. Barrios, DrPH
Chief, Research Application Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health

Dana Carr, MPH
Director, Health, Mental Health, Environmental Health and Physical Education Programs, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools , U.S. Department of Education


SNA members may earn 1 continuing education unit (CEU) for participating in the webinar. As this webinar is NOT an SNA-sponsored event, but rather is sponsored by the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), CEU’s will NOT be automatically recorded in the SNA database. According to the SNA CEU Guidelines, for non-SNA-sponsored events individuals are required to maintain their own documentation of credits earned. Please see SNA’s CEU Guidelines at for further information.

Proof of Attendance

A proof of attendance form will be available for all participants immediately following the live webinar. Please print this "Proof of Attendance" document and save it for your records as it will serve as verification in the event you are asked to provide CEU documentation for an SNA Certification Audit. Certificates of Completion will NOT be issued for these webinars.

If more than one person viewed the webinar at your computer, please print a separate copy of this document for each individual interested in earning SNA CEU credit for their participation in the webinar. For further information, please refer to the section entitled "SNA CEU Credit" above.

 Download Proof of Attendance Certificate (pdf) 

What is a Webinar?

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SNF’s Special Webinar & Webinar Wednesday Series

This special webinar is being offered in addition to SNF’s “Wednesday Webinars” series and will be offered at no charge. Stay tuned to for information on upcoming Wednesday Webinars throughout the 2009-2010 school year.



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