School Nutrition Back to School Essentials 2018

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is excited to offer the annual two-day School Nutrition Back to School Essentials 2018 training, August 14-15, 2018. This training will be held in five locations in Minnesota and focus on essential content for school nutrition program operations. The Free and Reduced-Price Process will be covered on August 14, and Nutritional Quality and Meal Pattern will be the topic for August 15. We will train using a blended method, where content is broadcast from MDE to each location; MDE staff will facilitate discussion and activities. Space is limited by location, and registration is recommended. We will provide an hour break for lunch on your own.

Date: August 15, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center

Conference Room 1
1900 County Road I West
Shoreview, MN 55126

Description: Nutrition Quality and Meal Pattern Essentials

This full-day session will cover essential content related to meal planning and service for school breakfast, lunch and afterschool snack programs. The content will be broken down into these areas:

  • Food Components and Meal Patterns
  • Food Production Records
  • Menu Documentation – Recipes and Labels
  • Offer vs. Serve for Breakfast and Lunch

Presenters: Presented by an MDE child nutrition specialist (blended learning method)

Event Type: Workshop

Audience: All school food service staff involved in menu planning, preparation and service.

Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Services

Register: Back to School Essentials Registration

Registration deadline: August 10, 2018

Contact Name: Donna Becker, Team Lead School Nutrition

Contact Phone: 800-366-8922/651-582-8526

Contact Donna Becker, Team Lead School Nutrition, to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event or to request use of our designated rooms for nursing mothers or prayer while you are visiting us. Please note: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires a two-week advance notice to provide accommodations and 48-hour notice to cancel the request.