This timeline will help you stay on track with your application for School Nutrition Programs so you will be ready to serve the students on the first day of school.
Step 1: Early in the opening planning process, determine School Nutrition Program needs
Step 2: Get School Nutrition Program training
As soon as possible, complete training. New school nutrition sponsors are required to attend all five sessions of the School Nutrition Essentials Series. This series is offered several times throughout the year. Training must be completed before the application to participate in School Nutrition Programs will be approved. School Nutrition Program training opportunities.
Step 3: Address food safety issues
Step 4: Determine food service method
Spring prior to opening, determine how food service will be provided. Options include: self- preparation, contracting for vended/catered meal service (with existing school nutrition sponsor or a private company), contracting with a food service management company (FSMC) or establishing a joint agreement with an existing school nutrition sponsor.
Vended/Food Service Management Company/Joint Agreement
Step 5: Complete the school nutrition application process
Step 6: Certify menu
Step 7: Prepare for USDA Foods