Nuts & Bolts of School Nutrition Programs On Demand

The Nuts & Bolts of School Nutrition Programs On Demand is an interactive online training series on fundamental topics in School Meal Programs. The modules are available 24/7 to conveniently allow school nutrition professionals, such as directors, managers and staff, to be trained on demand. Simply click the topics below to begin – no login required!

Upon completion of both the module and post-test & evaluation, you will receive a certificate of training indicating the hours and suggested learning codes (SLC) earned towards your professional standards requirement.

For districts using these sessions for group trainings, please read these instructions and email your attendance sheet to JSI at to receive a group certificate of training.

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NOTE: On January 1, 2023, sesame became the ninth major allergen that must be labeled in plain language on packaged foods in the U.S. Updates to this module are forthcoming.

Recognized by DESE and MDPH as an acceptable training required in the Allergen Awareness Act, M.G.L.c.140, § 6B.
1 CEU, Suggested Learning Code: 1160

Lesson 1: Food Allergies

Post-test and Evaluation

Additional Resources:
Sesame Added as Major Allergen
Food Allergies & Intolerances – JSI Resource Center
The Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know – English
The Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know – Spanish
Special Dietary Needs – JSI Resource Center
Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs – USDA-FNS
Managing Life-Threatening Allergies in School

These training materials have been created by The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through a USDA Professional Standards grant.

Modules updated March 2021