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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

Compliance Related Webinars on USDA Foods for School Year 2014-2015

To:National School Lunch Sponsors Involved with USDA Foods in MA
From:Kathleen C. Millett, Executive Director
Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety Programs
Date:February 18, 2014

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Change is underway for USDA Foods in Massachusetts. We are hosting a series of Webinars on USDA Foods and the changes for school year 2014-2015. The complete series includes each of the following sessions:

  1. USDA Foods Entitlement Basics and Entitlement Tracking Resources on the Security Portal
  2. USDA Foods - Completing your Diversion Survey for school year 2014-2015
  3. USDA Foods - Completing your Brown Box Order Form and DOD Fresh

Each session will be one hour long including time for questions. Due to interest in each area, each webinar will be repeated three times. See training information below for dates and times.

While it may be ideal to attend all three sessions in the same week, we understand that may not work for everyone's schedule. Be sure you attend at least one session of each in the complete series to ensure you receive the USDA Foods that meet your menu needs in school 2014-2015.

Please note: USDA Foods - Completing your Diversion Survey for school year 2014-2015 is not required if you are not diverting raw product to a processor to be made into alternative end products (example: beef sent to a company to be made into beef meatballs). You are welcome to attend should you wish to learn more about the Diversion Program.

Sessions are open to:
Child Nutrition Directors
Cafeteria Managers
School District Business Officials

Training Information

Week of February 17th:

  1. USDA Foods Entitlement Basics and Entitlement Tracking Resources on the Security Portal

    • Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 2pm - 3pm
    • Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9am - 10am (repeat of February 25th)
    • Wednesday, March 12, 2pm - 3pm (repeat of February 25th)

  2. USDA Foods - Completing your Diversion Survey for school year 2014-2015

    • Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2pm - 3pm
    • Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9am - 10am (repeat of February 26th)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2pm - 3pm (repeat of February 26th)

  3. USDA Foods - Completing your Brown Box Order Form and DOD Fresh

    • Thursday, February 27, 2014, 2pm - 3pm
    • Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9am - 10am (repeat of February 27th)
    • Friday, March 14, 2014, 2pm - 3pm (repeat of February 27th)

You will be able to access the webinar from any computer that has internet access and Adobe Flash. If you do not have Adobe Flash on your computer, you can download it for free at www.adobe.com. ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR I.T. SPECIALIST PRIOR TO DOWNLOADING ANYTHING TO YOUR COMPUTER.

In addition to the computer internet access, participants will need to listen to the webinar via any phone. If viewing the webinar with others, the phone should have a speaker option. You may not want to use your mobile device to participate because of the length of the webinar. Audio will not be provided via the computer.

Important Registration Information

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. If multiple participants will be viewing the webinar on one computer and listening on a speaker phone, only one participant will need to register.

Please note that if the training is no longer on the dropdown bar of the registration link, the training is full.

Registration needs to be completed by using the following link (directions can be found on the registration link):

  1. USDA Foods Entitlement Basics and Entitlement Tracking Resources on the Security Portal: http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=1818
  2. USDA Foods - Completing your Diversion Survey for school year 2014-2015: http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=1820
  3. USDA Foods - Completing your Brown Box Order Form and DOD Fresh: http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=1821

Please contact Marisol Montes at 781-338-6494 or by email at mmontes@doe.mass.edu if you have any questions regarding registration. Please contact Marion Browning at 781-338-6460 or by email at mbrowning@doe.mass.edu if you have any questions related to the training(s).

Additional Information

You will receive confirmation of your training registration with details of how to access the training. It will contain additional information related to the training.

We look forward to seeing you attend these important Webinar training series on USDA Foods, as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety Program strives to enhance the efficiency and quality of Child Nutrition Programs across the Commonwealth.



Last Updated: February 19, 2014
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