Training: Essentials for School Nutrition

Essentials for School Nutrition modules provide entry-level training on requirements for operating a school nutrition program. Each module contains multiple lessons. Each lesson includes a video, practice activities and a knowledge check. A certificate is provided upon successful completion.

Modules will be posted here as they become available. Choose a topic to get started!

Free and Reduced-Price Process
Nutritional Quality and Meal Pattern
General Program Areas
 
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Training are provided below.

Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Program Personnel (SP 38-2016)  

Training Resources

Video Viewing Options
There are three options for viewing training videos:

Web Browser View
Select the “Play” button in the browser window. To use this option you must be connected to the Internet. This option does not save the video to your computer. Selecting this option will stream the video; to avoid pauses in the presentation allow the video to completely load prior to viewing. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, the streaming (load) process may take several minutes. Wait for the progress bar to fill prior to viewing the video.

MP4 Format
Select the “MP4 format” download option beneath the video window. Once the video is downloaded, you do not need an Internet connection to view the video. This option will allow you to save the video to your computer for later viewing.

WebM Format
Select the “WebM format” download option beneath the video window. Selecting “WebM format” will allow the user to download the file and use with a HTML5 video player.

Training Opportunities

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

Administrative Review Overview of Content Areas
: This video covers the content that will be included in a School Nutrition Program Administrative Review.

Administrative Review Overview Process: This video covers the steps of the School Nutrition Program Administrative Review process including State Agency and School Food Authority responsibilities.

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.

Cafeteria Reinvention: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference (70 minutes)
This presentation provides an introduction to behavioral economics – the practice of altering the physical environment in order to affect purchasing and consumption behavior. It also gives participants a solid foundation in the theory behind Smarter Lunchroom interventions.

Offer versus Serve 2014-15 (43 minutes)
This video presentation covers the Offer versus Serve option for breakfast and lunch in 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.

Completing the School Nutrition program Administrative Review Off-Site Forms
This 6 minute video describes the process of completing School Nutrition Program Administrative Review off-site forms in the Colyar online system. Download Colyar Administrative Review Access and Off-Site Instructions.

Completing the Corrective Action Documents (CAD) for the School Nutrition Program Administrative Review
This 6 minute video describes the process of completing School Nutrition Program Administrative Review Corrective Action Documents (CAD) in the Colyar online system. Download Colyar Administrative Review Report and Corrective Actions Instructions.