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Professional Standards

​​​​​​​​​​​The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has established minimum professional standards requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The standards, provide 1) minimum education standards for new State and local school nutrition directors as well as 2) annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. These standards will ensure school nutrition personnel have the knowledge, training, and tools they need to plan, prepare and purchase healthy products to create nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals.

Hiring Standards for New School Nutrition Directors and Manager/Supervisors

In Georgia, both Federal and State hiring standards for School Nutrition Directors or Manager/Supervisors are based on the student enrollment size of the school system.   


Training Requirements (for all School Nutrition Employees)

The second requirement of the USDA Professional Standards Rule mandates annual training to be completed by all school nutrition personnel based on their job position.