The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established minimum Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The standards are a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) and are effective July 1, 2015. The standards provide minimum education standards for new State and local school nutrition directors as well as annual training requirements for all school nutrition professionals.
SNA's Certificate in School Nutrition and School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credential are aligned with USDA Professional Standards. For more information, visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/certificate
Annual training for USDA Professional Standards counts toward continuing education requirements for maintaining SNA certificate and credentialing status.
1 SNA Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 hour of training for USDA Professional Standards
These recommended guidelines are for SNA members and SNA State Affiliates to consider when planning training programs. Since State Agencies ultimately monitor compliance during the 3 year Administrative Review period, SNA encourages operators and SNA state affiliates to direct questions or concerns to their respective State Agencies for clarification purposes.
- Included in these guidelines are the USDA Professional Standards Learning Objectives, organized by key area and linked to specific codes.
- Additionally, SNA has created a grid that includes the USDA Professionals Standards coded topics (organized by key area) and also features other popular training topics that could count toward professional standards with the relevant coding.
- A sample training tracking grid is also included.
The STEPS Challenge is a wellness program created just for school nutrition professionals!
The STEPS Challenge provides the resources and inspiration to help SNA members live healthier and happier, one step at a time. The Challenge is designed to make better health and wellness simple, fun, and attainable. Sign up for the free program and you'll gain access to recipes, exercise ideas, success stories, prizes, wellness tips, and more.
ILSNA's CD Cookbook
Due to the overwhelming response to our CD Cookbook offer, we have ordered more copies and are now ready to fill orders again. If you missed out last time it was available, click here to place your order before they're gone again!
Professional Standards for Child Nutrition Professionals
With new professional guidelines being put into place it is more important than ever for you and your staff to have training available that is, concise, engaging and contains quality educational content. The ILSNA Professional Development Committee has searched and has found just that through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This website allows school nutrition staff to search for training that meets their learning needs. Each listing contains information about the training, including how to access, develop, date and what learning objectives are covered and so much more!
If you have not had an opportunity to review the proposed rule, please visit the FNS Web site.
ILSNA – School Nutrition 101
Who We Are – The Illinois School Nutrition Association (ILSNA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) are organizations of over 55,000 school nutrition professionals. Membership in ILSNA/SNA offers a variety of benefits to help you meet the challenges in the ever changing profession of school nutrition.
Benefits – Training and Educational Opportunities • Seminars and Workshops • Three Levels of Certification and Credentialing (School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) ) • Scholarships • Leadership Opportunities • Professional Networking • National and State Conferences • Updates on Current School Nutrition Issues • Updates on Current Legislative Issues • Links to Websites Pertinent to School Nutrition Professionals • Communication With Industry • Working hand-in-hand with industry to develop new products, systems and services to support the current challenges of school nutrition programs.
History of School Lunch
President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act on June 4, 1946. Though school foodservice began long before 1946, the Act authorized the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The legislation came in response to claims that many American men had been rejected for World War II military service because of diet-related health problems. The federally assisted meal program was established as "a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities."