Protect your students from foodborne illness by creating a food-safety culture.
The Food-Safe Schools Action Guide was developed by the FNS Food Safety Branch, the Institute of Child Nutrition, and the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs to provide tools to school nutrition staff to create food safety cultures in their communities.
What's the Action Guide?
The Action Guide is intended to help you coordinate all aspects of food safety to create a culture of food safety. Think of it as an umbrella that covers many important areas of food safety that need to be considered when serving food in schools.
The Action Guide identifies federal food safety requirements that schools are required to meet, as well as other important areas that should be addressed to have a top-notch food safety program. The Action Guide also identifies the roles that others (e.g., teachers, parents, school nurses) in the school community play in the school’s food safety efforts.
Who's the Action Guide for?
The Action Guide was written for school nutrition directors who have responsibility over food safety in child nutrition programs. We know, however, that the landscape of child nutrition programs and school nutrition operations varies greatly from state to state, and even district to district. The Action Guide is designed in such a way that it can be used by anyone. For example, a school nutrition manager can apply the messages and tools in the Action Guide within an individual school.
What's in the Action Guide?
The Action Guide has three parts:
Why are food-safe schools important?
Millions of meals are served to students in schools across the country every year, which means that there is the potential for foodborne illness and outbreaks.
The safety of the food served through child nutrition programs should contribute to students' learning and well-being; we want to protect children served school meals.