Maryland School Meals are planned, prepared, and served by a diverse group of school nutrition professionals, committed to supporting students through the school day with nutritious meals and snacks.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created Professional Standards in 2015, a set of annual training requirements and hiring standards that strengthen the ability of school nutrition professionals to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
MSDE OSCNP creates, coordinates, and facilitates training opportunities that build the knowledge, skills, and resources school nutrition staff need to assure the success of the School Meals programs.
Annual administrative training to provide updates on USDA regulations and guidance, and professional development
Online course designed to prepare local education agencies for the Administrative Review of their School Meals Programs
Orientation to major aspects of administering the CACFP at a Child Care Center Designed for new program operators, new staff at existing CACFP agencies, or participating agencies who need a refresher
MSDE also promotes training opportunities hosted by reliable organizations, including USDA Team Nutrition, the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), and the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition (CICN).