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"Promote Excellence in School Nutrition"

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Professional Standards for school nutrition programs personnel, as required by the Healthier Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, is here!  Implementation of the Professional Standards began July 1, 2015.

The Final Rule establishes minimum professional standards for school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.  The final rule institutes hiring standards for the selection of state and local school lunch program directors, and will require all personnel in the school nutrition programs to complete annual continuing education/training. These regulations are expected to result in consistent, national standards that strengthen the ability of school nutrition professionals to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.

There is help out there. 

Membership in the New York School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Association will be more valuable than ever.

The requirements for Certification and Credentialing mirror much of what will be needed to attain the new requirements for Professional Standards. NYSNA and SNA provide numerous opportunities for members to rack up those required training hours - just think how many hours you can accumulate by attending a conference, workshops, webinars, or even just taking one of the quizzes in the FOCUS magazines!

The Annual Membership Drive for SNA takes place from March 1- May 31.  If your membership comes up for renewal during this period, please make sure you do not let it lapse.  If you are not a current member, now is definitely the time to join!

All staff is going to need the training - here's a way to make that happen!  Consider the merits of School District Owned memberships for yourself, and your staff.  Print out a copy of the Professional Standards requirements, and share it with your business manager, superintendent and board of education, along with the information on School District Owned membership. 

Save the Date for Our 2017 Conference In Syracuse October 27th - 29th!

Disclaimer: Please note that the articles posted do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the New York School Nutrition Association, but are posted to share current information.