RESOURCES

WELLNESS PLAN

Updated LSWP – December 2019
Committee & Food Services Coordinator

Program Coordinator:
Chris Magera

Food Services Director:
Carita Turner

Wellness Committee Members:
Briggs Bosworth
Leticia Richcreek
Kimberly Emerson
Neville Kimbrell
Jinnifer Cortez

In Remi Vista’s continuing effort to improve the health of consumers we have implemented the following procedures:

  1. A Food Buying Guide has been created for each of our sites to ensure proper foods are purchased during grocery shopping. The guide is updated whenever the Wellness Committee finds healthier foods. The food services director, program facilitators and med/trans coordinators perform random site checks to ensure that the guide is followed. If the guide is not being followed, the food services director will expect proper documentation by the on-site staff.
  2. Certain foods are not being offered in their processed forms (i.e. pre-packaged macaroni and cheese, instant oatmeal, corndogs, etc.). If the item appears on the menu, the Food Buying Guide will list the needed ingredients and if necessary, a recipe (see attached recipe).
  3. Breads, jams, ketchup and syrup with high fructose corn syrup are not on the Food Buying Guide.
  4. On school days, consumers have a required half hour of recreational activity (one hour is encouraged) and study time. This includes but is not limited to, basketball, football, jogging, etc., or reading, writing, and doing homework.
  5. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and snack, the Menu Production Records (MPR) list the Evening Meal. The MPR lists the nutritional value of each component and the allotted portions that each consumer is entitled to. This allows for better tracking of consumer nutrition intake.
  6. Rather than whole milk, consumers are served 1% milk or non-fat milk.
  7. Grains are Whole-Grain Rich (WGR) and are checked by the food services director or the house facility manager. If WGR is not available to be purchased, a recipe will be provided to make the item WGR.
  8. The food services director trains new residential counselors and conducts trainings on food components and proper nutrition. This takes place with the staff in the initial training and annually thereafter. Mandatory Reporting and HIPAA.
  9. All staff are held responsible for meal preparation and quantities used. Staff are not to use food that is purchased for other meals. For the evening meal A & B cooks helpers (consumers) are assigned to help prepare the meal with the supervising residential counselor.
  10. Staff are required to adapt recipes and buying guides to fit the number of people that are present for each meal and/or week.
  11. Measuring utensils are provided to ensure correct serving proportions and caloric intake are met.
  12. Inventory of food in our facilities is mandatory prior to shopping for food on the buying guides.
  13. Staff are held accountable for following the Food Buying Guides.
  14. The food services director will conduct trainings annually on meal patterns, food safety, meal counting, and how to fill out Meal Production Records (MPR).
  15. The standard of meal served will be no less restrictive than the Federal issued USDA Standard.
  16. Consumers are taught the basics of nutrition by residential counselors and are tasked with helping cook meals in a family setting.
  17. Sign-in sheets are used to record trainings of residential counselors and are kept on file to ensure that all are properly trained.
  18. During the summer growing season each site is encouraged to plant a garden.
  19. The Wellness Plan is reviewed annually and is adjusted in an effort to improve the nutrition of the food program.
  20. The outside snacks (token economy) are limited in size and are served outside of mealtimes.


Civil Rights Policy for National School Lunch Programs

To meet the Federal and State compliance requirements for civil rights complaints, the following policy has been written and implemented for Remi Vista, Inc.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

The Civil Rights Coordinator/Complaint Coordinator is our HR director.

To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Group Home Program Coordinator
3191 Churn Creek Road
Redding, CA 96002
530-244-2765

If the complaint filed with the local sponsor is not remedied or if the complainant does not want to file their complaint with the sponsor, they may file:

Complaints alleging discrimination in the National School Lunch Program with:

Child Nutrition Programs
Civil Rights and Program Complaint Coordinator
California Department of Education
Nutrition Services Division
1430 N Street, Room 4503
Sacramento, CA 95814-2342
916-323-8521 or 800-952-5609

or

USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
866-632-9992
Federal Relay Service 800-877-8339 (English)
or 800-845-6136 (Spanish)
866-632-9992
Federal Relay Service 800-877-8339 (English)
or 800-845-6136 (Spanish)

mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
fax: (202) 690-7442
email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

FOOD RESOURCES

Hello Remi Vista Families,

Food security can be an issue for many families, and we want to do what we can to make sure that all kids have access to healthy foods throughout the year. Here are some resources:

Check the California Department of Education website for summer sites serving free nutritious meals to children.
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sh/sn/summersites.asp

You can contact Great Northern Services at 530-938-4115, or The Hub Communities Family Resources at 530-459-3481. They both offer many services for families.

You can also check out the USDA website to find free nutritious summer meals available in your community to children and teens 18 and younger.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

National Hunger hotline(s):
1-866-3-HUNGRY (English)
1-877-8-HAMBRE (Spanish)

USDA Full Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov This institution is an equal opportunity provider

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