Farm To School

Nutrition Education for Foodservice Staff

Last Modified: 12/18/2013
  • Communication Tools for School Nutrition Professionals
    This resource from the National Food Service Management Institute provides templates and tips for school food service staff to communicate or market to school boards, school district administrators, and the community. The free templates include newsletters and press releases. 
  • Cooking for the New Generation, 2nd Edition
    This free training is available through the National Food Service Management Institute and provides information on preparing multiple ingredient or "new generation" foods, procedures for receiving and storing, food safety measures, and resources for proper food handling.  
  • Happy Mealtimes for Healthy Kids, 2nd Edition
    Developed by the National Food Service Management Institute, this free resource focuses on adult caregivers and young children and includes four comprehensive training lessons, evaluations, handouts for staff and parents, interactive activities, and a training script. 
  • Helping School Foodservice Deliver Nutrition Education
    This toolkit from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Office - Center for Weight and Health, is designed for use in elementary schools, particularly those serving low-income populations. Activities are included for food service staff to use in school as well as for parents to use at home. 
  • Managing for Success
    Developed by the Michigan Department of Education and the School Nutrition Association of Michigan School Food Service Training Task Force, this three-hour training course helps foodservice supervisory personnel learn to locate and use tools, resources, and training designed to operate a successful school meals program. 
  • MyGarden™ School Meals Resource
    Created by the Michigan Department of Education’s Team Nutrition, this publication links the School Garden to School Meal Programs and provides guidance to school nutrition professionals on how to participate in planning which items to grow. The resource includes procedures detailing storage, preparation, and culinary techniques used to make produce appealing to students. It also includes a primer on the nutritional value of produce and quantity recipes to trial in school foodservice. 
  • No Time to Train: Short Lessons for School Nutrition Assistants
    This National Food Service Management Institute training is free and provides short lessons for school food service managers to train staff on food safety practices, food production records, batch cooking and more. 
  • Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness
    This module, created by the National Food Service Management Institute, provides a basic overview of nutrition to school food service staff. These free lessons are designed to be completed within 30 minutes. 
  • Quick Steps to Success Trainers Manual-New Jersey Team Nutrition
    Created by the State of New Jersey Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs, these 10-15 minutes lessons for school foodservice personnel cover topic areas such as: customer service, menus and meal patterns, nutrition, and food safety. 
  • The First Years in the First State Toolkit: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Quality in Delaware Child Care
    This toolkit from the Delaware Department of Education is a practical, “how-to” guide for child care providers. The toolkit consists of two books, an Administrator’s Guide, a Menu Planning Guide, and handouts. 
  • USDA Foods Satellite Seminar
    This seminar from the National Food Service Management Institute provides information about the contributions the USDA Foods Program offers to the Child Nutrition Programs. The seminar also discusses the history of the USDA Foods Programs, as well as how it provides assistance throughout the United States. 

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