Meetings to Discuss Nutrition Standards (11/12) NEW SESSIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED! These meetings are a professional development opportunity for school cooks, cook managers, cashiers, servers and food service workers to better understand how their responsibilites are impacted by the new regulations. Please encourage their attendance.
Prohibition of Separation by Gender during Child Nutrition Program Meal Service (5/12) This recent policy memo from USDA came out re-enforcing the prohibition of separating students by gender in the lunch process. USDA has been inundated with concerns from across the country as to how an exception for religious purposes will work. USDA is currently developing a hopefully simple process, but it will take a couple of weeks to finalize. Please wait for further guidance before contacting them.
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