Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals

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About Professional Standards

The USDA has established minimum professional standards requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The standards, another key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), aim to institute minimum education standards for new State and local school nutrition directors as well as annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. The final rule, effective July 1, 2015, was released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2015

These new standards will ensure school nutrition personnel have the knowledge, training and tools they need to plan , prepare, and purchase healthy products to create nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals.

Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals

Q&A for State and Local School Nutrition Program Personnel (SP05-2020)

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Professional Standards Yearly Requirements

SFA Directors - 12 Hours

SFA Managers - 10 Hours

SFA Staff - 6 Hours

Part-Time Staff Working an Average of Less Than 20 Hrs/Week - 4 Hours

Professional Standards Key Areas and Key Topics

Menu planning
Nutrition education
General nutrition
Food production
Serving food
Cashier and point of service
Purchasing/Procurement Receiving and storage
Food safety and HACCP
Free and reduced price meal benefits
Program management
Financial management
Human resources and staff training
Facilities and equipment planning
Communications and marketing

School Meals - Professional Standards