Nuts & Bolts of School Nutrition Programs Continuation Series

Are you looking to increase your knowledge about and ability to implement the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs? This free online training series will provide you with the vital information and skills to improve program operations. 

Live webinars will take place from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and provide 1 hour of professional development. At the end of each session, you will have access to a survey and a certificate of training. Please note: The presentation portion of each webinar will be recorded. The Q&A portion of each webinar will only be available during the live session.

Recorded versions of the presentation portion of each webinar will be available approximately two weeks after the live webinar takes place. Each recorded session will include access to a survey and a certificate of training.

Registration is required to attend the live webinars via Zoom.  Register once and receive email updates and reminders about all the sessions in the continuation series.  Registration is not required to view the recorded versions.


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Join us for an in-depth discussion of the Direct Certification process conducted to certify eligible children for free and reduced-price meals without the need for household applications. During this webinar we will answer your questions about reporting and documentation requirements giving you a broad perspective on how this data is used once reported!

Suggested Learning Codes: 3120, 3100

Join us to refresh and expand your understanding of the Meal Benefit Application Process. This webinar will focus on strategies to ensure compliance and how to address common challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring questions or unique scenarios to share with the group.

Suggested Learning Codes: 3110, 3100

Review all parts of the Verification Process so you can identify and avoid common procedural errors and effectively use the Direct Verification Process. Starting with the initial steps for verification, addressing the selection procedures and when to review questionable applications. We will wrap up with the required procedures for notifications and follow-up, allowable sources for verification and tips for determining if verification is complete.

Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3000

A strong and accurate meal counting and claiming process is key to the success of all school nutrition programs. Is your current process leading to costly errors? Join us for a session that takes a closer look at how to strengthen your current process to ensure accuracy. Participates are encouraged to bring questions and real-life challenges up for discussion.

Suggested Learning Codes: 3310, 3300

The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program have been shaken up this year. Join us as we problem solve current challenges schools are facing serving reimbursable meals. We will go through current waivers and share best practices to make sure all students no matter where they are learning have access to nutritious meals. If you would like to submit your questions to be answered on this webinar email

Suggested Learning Codes: 1110, 1150

This webinar will review how to complete the Verification Collection Report that is due on January 24, 2021. This webinar will specifically discuss how the new Virtual Gateway results of Exact Match Reduced is reported and answer any district questions prior to submission.

Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3000 

Boost your participation and community engagement through effective communication about the availability of School Meal Programs! We will discuss the role and requirements for the Public Release, accommodations for parents and students with Limited English Proficiency and visual or auditory disabilities. Bring your challenges and questions on how to apply these Civil Rights program requirements in the real world.

Suggested Learning Codes: 4000, 4100 

This session will focus on ensuring the school’s production records have the information needed to demonstrate meal pattern compliance. We’ll also look at dietary specifications and how to keep tabs on calories, saturated fat and sodium without nutrient analysis software.

Suggested Learning Codes: 2610, 2620

This session will be tailored to fit the needs of RCCIs. We will highlight the Top 10 reminders for RCCIs to ensure safe and compliant operation of Child Nutrition Programs. Topics covered will range from how to navigate the security portal, meal counting and claiming, meal pattern and menu compliance, food safety, professional development, and the importance of teamwork and communication.

Suggested Learning Codes: 1100, 2310

In this session we will review the different ways in which schools can participate in an afterschool meal programs. Afterschool meals promote the health and well-being of children and youth in local communities by providing nutritious meals and snacks, filling the afternoon hunger gap for children and teens. When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, supportive adults, and good nutrition. Participants who attend this online session will understand eligibility requirements, the available meal patterns, and which meal options available under the different programs.

Suggested Learning Codes: 4120, 1100

Join us for a review of each spend option for your school year 2021/22 entitlement dollars. In each session
we will take a deep dive into the spend option to help you make the most informed plan for next
school year!

  • February 9, 2021 – DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program & Developing an Entitlement Spending Plan
  • February 17, 2021 – Processing/Diversion
  • February 25, 2021 – Brown Box

Suggested Learning Code for each session: 1170

  • March 2, 2021 – Introduction to CEP and Financial Considerations

This session will focus on strategies to ensure program integrity and financial considerations specific to schools operating CEP. We will also look at the important due dates and tasks that need to be completed throughout the year. It would be beneficial for Business Managers to attend with Food Service Directors to ensure a common understanding of the financial impact CEP has on your district.

  • March 9, 2021 – Participation in CEP – Applying, Renewing and Maintaining

This session will walk you through the CEP application process including how to build a master roster.  We will also review the process of renewing the Individual Student Percentage (ISP) and how you communicate that to DESE.

  • March 16, 2021 – CEP Grouping Strategies

This session will guide you through the various school grouping options that available to CEP districts.

  • March 23, 2021 – Completing the April Report

This session will provide step-by-step instructions on completing the CEP April report. We will then end with a review of the process to apply, renew, or waive CEP in the DESE security portal.

Suggested Learning Code for each session: 3130

Creating a culture of health and wellness in schools is a collaborative effort. This online session will provide participants with tips for building and sustaining an active wellness committee. The session will also highlight the importance of the Local Wellness Policy, its requirements, and how to properly assess a policy. This training will set you up for School Wellness Success!

Suggested Learning Code: 4160

Learn more about navigating the purchasing do’s and don’ts when considering buying locally. 

Suggested Learning Code: 1130

If the sessions you are interested in have already taken place and you would like your name removed from the registration list in order to limit the number of emails you receive, please email