Training: Summer Food

Understanding the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is the first step toward accurately providing SFSP meals and snacks to Minnesota’s children. Administrative staff responsible for program operations must have knowledge of recordkeeping and food service operations, as well as nutrition education and meal service.

State agency staff offer online and in-person training, as described below, and technical assistance to sponsoring organizations. 

Sponsors provide training to new hires and ongoing instruction to all staff on program meal patterns, meal service, claims submission, food service operations, record-keeping requirements and reporting. In addition, sponsors provide annual training to all staff on SFSP program updates and compliance standards for operations and program delivery.

Sponsor Training Opportunities for 2021

In-person Training

Due to the COVID-19 situation, in-person training will not be offered at this time.

Online Training

The online SFSP training provides information for regular SFSP operations. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released waivers, which have changed some of the regular operations. Please visit the Food and Nutrition COVID-19 Resources webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Access online SFSP training courses. Check out the user tutorials for instructions on how to register and access the courses. You need to register so we will have documentation that your training is complete for the year.
 
Course NameCourse numberLengthWho Must Complete this Training
Civil RightsMDE-15045 minutes
  • New applicants
  • Schools and nonprofit organizations that did not participate in SFSP last year
  • New sponsor or site level staff with SFSP responsibilities
Planning and Administering the SFSPMDE-10019 interactive courses, 10-15 minutes each
  • New applicants
  • Schools and nonprofit organizations that did not participate in SFSP last year
  • New sponsor level staff who oversee SFSP
SFSP Annual RefresherMDE-17060 minutes (three short courses, one of which is a shortened version of Civil Rights)
  • Renewing applicants
  • Schools and nonprofit organizations that participated in SFSP last year a a sponsoring organization
Menus Building Basics-Utilizing CN Labels and USDA Recipes to Build a Cycle MenuMDE-52260 minutes
  • All applications are encouraged to complete this course
SFSP Meal Planning for Summer Success!MDE-52360 minutes
  • All applications are encouraged to complete this course

V - Food - Fruits and Vegetables in School Cafeteria Salad Bar, Beautiful Display
Training Provided For Summer Food Sponsors

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