Training: Essentials for School Nutrition
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Free and Reduced-Price Process
Nutritional Quality and Meal Pattern
General Program Areas
Counting and Claiming Systems
Final Rule: Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Personnel as required by the HHFKA of 2010
Food Safety Plan Basics - 1/22/20
School nutrition sponsors are required to have a written food safety plan. This training covers what is elements are required in the plan, how to write standard operating procedures and what documentation logs should be included.
This document provides links to all of the school nutrition training videos on the MDE website. Not all videos include a certificate of completion.
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Labels, labels, labels (15 minutes)
Several types of labels must be maintained by school nutrition program operators to validate that meals served meet program requirements. This presentation provides specific details about the types of labels to keep on file. Key Area: Operations. Learning Code: 2150
Afterschool Snack Program Basics (20 minutes)
School nutrition programs offering afterschool enrichment and educational program can provide snacks to participants of those programs. Afterschool snack program requirements are presented in this video. Key Areas: Nutrition, Operations. Learning Codes: 1100, 2100
Approving Applications for Educational Benefits - Income Based
The process of approving Applications for Educational Benefits based on household income is covered in this video. Step by step procedures and examples of application approval are presented.
Food Production Record Basics for School Nutrition
The why, what, where and when of this required documentation for school meals programs is covered in this presentation. A variety of food production records formats are presented and the basic layout of a food production record is described.
Offer vs Serve for Breakfast
This video presentation covers the Offer versus Serve option for breakfast school nutrition programs. Meal planning requirements are reviewed and the basics of Offer versus Serve are described. Example meals with student selections will test your knowledge of Offer versus Serve requirements.
Offer vs Serve for Lunch
This video presentation covers the Offer versus Serve option for lunch school nutrition programs. Meal planning requirements are reviewed and the basics of Offer versus Serve are described. Example meals with student selections will test your knowledge of Offer versus Serve requirements.
Expanding School Breakfast Service Options - 1/6/20
This modules explains how to expand service options to increase participation in the school breakfast program. Benefits and considerations for each service model are discussed.
Tips for Marketing Your School Breakfast Program - 1/6/20
This module reviews ways to engage students and parents, provides an overview of Smarter Lunchroom principles for the school breakfast program, and explains where to find additional resources.
Ideas for Your School Breakfast Menu - 1/6/20
This module reviews hot and cold menu ideas for different service models. Resources for recipes and menus are also shared.