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Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

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The Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs is a central resource that comprehensively outlines the USDA Professional Standards requirements for state and local school nutrition program professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). This resource supports school nutrition professionals in ensuring they have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to assure the success of the NSLP and SBP. The guide also includes training reward badges – a fun way to promote training and recognize staff who have completed their annual training requirements.


Order print copies in English. These are available for schools, CACFP providers, sponsoring organizations, and state agencies that participate in or administer one of USDA’s child nutrition programs. All are welcome to download these materials and make copies. To download the file, please right-click on the link and "save link as."

Updated: 12/07/2020