Conference Session"Cultivating Communitywide Summer Meal Champions: Strategies to Effectively Engage Locally Elected Officials, and City and County Agencies to Support Summer Meals"
Key Areas: Marketing
Session: Session G - Sunday November 12, 2017: 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Platinum 2
Speaker(s): Patrice Chamberlain - Director, California Summer Meal Coalition, Institute for Local Government
Natalie Cole - Library Programs Consultant, California State Library
Lieling Hwang, RD - Assistant Director, Nutrition Services, Long Beach Unified School District
Fatinah Darwinish, MPH, RD - Health Program Analyst I, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Description: Summer meal programs present a unique opportunity to help ensure students continue to have access to healthy food when school is out while cultivating strong community partnerships. City and county agencies such as libraries, law enforcement, health departments--even public works--can be effective summer meal program partners. This session will identify a range of opportunities for collaboration with public agencies and highlight successes and challenges from across the state. Participants will learn practical strategies-and messages that resonate-to effectively engage locally elected officials to garner communitywide support for summer meals, energize year-round champions for school nutrition programs and support healthy students.
Patrice Chamberlain - Director, California Summer Meal Coalition
Institute for Local Government
Patrice Chamberlain is the director of the California Summer Meal Coalition, a program of the Institute for Local Government. The Coalition is a statewide, cross-discipline collaborative working to combat childhood hunger and support the wellbeing of children when school is out by increasing access to USDA child nutrition programs. She oversees the Coalition's strategic direction and provides support to local and state leaders in supporting children's health in low-income communities through out-of-school-time partnerships.
Patrice serves on national and statewide advisory boards focused on child nutrition and holds a masters degree in public health from San Francisco State University.
Natalie Cole - Library Programs Consultant
California State Library
Lieling Hwang, RD - Assistant Director, Nutrition Services
Long Beach Unified School District
Lieling Hwang, RD, is the Assistant Director of Nutrition Services Branch, Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). Prior to joining the LBUSD, she worked for California Department of Education as a Child Nutrition Consultant for 17 years. Her experience in food services also includes management of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for a Head Start agency and various meal services programs in the private sector.
Fatinah Darwinish, MPH, RD - Health Program Analyst I, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Fatinah oversees LA County Department of Public Health's County Nutrition Action Plan and its workgroup. The CNAP group has been effective in engaging a range of agencies throughout the county to enhance the health of county residents, particularly those in impoverished communities through the promotion of USDA-funded nutrition programs and other community resources.