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Proposed Regulations From the USDA

  • The rule establishes 3 categories of impacted staff:
    • State Nutrition Agency Directors
    • School District Child Nutrition Directors
    • School Nutrition Managers and Other School Nutrition Staff (food service ESPs are all in this group). Managers are those individuals directly responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of school nutrition programs for a participating school. All food service program staff who work in programs that participate in the national school lunch and breakfast programs are covered by the training regulations — not just those who work in kitchens. The rules will apply both to school district employees and school food service staff who work for private contractors.
  • There are no formal education prerequisites for School Nutrition Managers and Other School Nutrition Staff.
  • School Nutrition Managers are required to receive 12 hours of training annually. School Nutrition Staff are required to receive 8 hours of training annually.  These figures are for employees who work at least 20 hours per week.  For those who work less than 20 hours per week, the required hours will be prorated.
  • Training can be in various formats, both in-person and on-line, and from various sources, including:
    • USDA’s National Food Service Management Institute
    • Professional Associations
    • State agencies
    • Commercial vendors
    • In-house from school district personnel
  • Training topics, as specified in the law, include:
    • Free and reduced price eligibility
    • Application, certification, and verification procedures
    • Identification of reimbursable meals at the point of service
    • Nutrition
    • Health and safety standards
    • Other topics, as specified by USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • The USDA has established an on-line database of available trainings at


HHFKA Professional Standards Rules

Model HHFKA Standards Rule Comments