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Professional Standards: Hiring and Training Requirements

Professional Standards: Hiring and Training Requirements Webinar

Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The final rule published by the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff. Required training topic areas will vary according to position and job requirements. There are also minimum hiring standards for school nutrition program directors. On March 1, 2019, flexibilities to the hiring standards for new school nutrition program directors in small local educational agencies (LEAs) and new State directors of school nutrition programs were added to the Professional Standards regulations for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This webinar provides an overview of both the required annual professional standards training hours needed for school nutrition professionals, as well as the hiring flexibilities for new school nutrition directors.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Erica Walther, NSLP/FFVP Compliance Manager
Division of Health and Wellness
Phone: (202) 262-0893

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