The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), Public Law 111-296, has required significant changes in Child Nutrition Programs to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, give eligible children access to nutrition benefits, and enhance the ability of nutrition professionals to operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) efficiently.
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule in February of 2014, and as a result of stakeholders' feedback, developed proposed professional standards consisting of minimum educational requirements for new State directors and school nutrition program directors, and annual continuing education/training requirements for all school nutrition personnel.
The final rule was implemented in July 2015. It institutes hiring standards for the selection of State and local school nutrition program directors, and requires all personnel in the school nutrition programs to complete annual continuing education/training. These regulations are expected to result in consistent, national professional standards that strengthen the ability of school nutrition professionals and staff to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
More detailed information on the (Professional Standards) rule, can be found here:
With the release of USDA Professional Standards, it’s more important than ever to invest in school nutrition training and education. Getting your Certificate in School Nutrition from SNA shows your commitment to your profession. Effective July 1, 2015, SNA’s Certificate Program will align with USDA Professional Standards making it easier for you to keep up with the requirements. Click here to learn more.