Food and Nutrition Trainings

Greetings Zumbrota-Mazeppa Food & Nutrition Staff, 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established minimum Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The standards are a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger‐Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) and are effective July 1, 2015.

The standards provide minimum education standards for new State and local school nutrition directors as well as annual training requirements for all school nutrition professionals.

Additional training resources are below:


Professional Development for the 2024/25 SY


SNA Membership & Certification Applications:

SNA Membership Application 
Link: Join SNA online
Description: For those wanting to become SNA Member; must do in-order to become certified. Complete the online information and give a copy to Food & Nutrition Director. You will be reimbursed for your membership cost. When it's time to renew, you will be added to the district package.  

SNA Certificate Application
Link: Application 
Description: For those wanting to apply for level 1, 2, 3, or 4 certification. Complete form with supporting documentation and give to Food & Nutrition Director. Must be completed as employee goes from level to level. MUST be a SNA Member. Not a member, please see "SNA Membership Application" tab.


How to Change SNA Certification Levels


SNA Level 1 Certification - Core Required Classes

Level 1 Certification requires 2 core classes; Nutrition 101 and Food Safety in the School Setting. Both class material can be found below. Once completed, attach certificates along with a SNA member and certification application. Both applications are found under the "SNA Membership  & Certification" tab on the left. Additional core classes and information can be found on the link below. 

Nutrition 101 - 8hr. Course

Food Safety in the School Setting - 8 hr. Course




Summer Food Service Program Staff Training 
Below is the link for Food & Nutrition Staff who are working the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The required training for the 2024 summer are:

1. Civil Rights - 45 min. 
2. SFSP Annual Refresher - 60 min.

Staff are to track training hours (up to 2 hours total), for wage purposes. These hours can be recorded on a separate time sheet for staff to submit; which, will be provided to staff by the Food & Nutrition Director. If staff need to borrow a computer to complete the training, please contact the Food & Nutrition Director, so arrangements can be made. 

Click the link below and follow the instructions to register and complete the required trainings prior to starting the SFSP. 

Link: Summer Food Required Staff Training

Child and Adult Care Center Food Program (CACFP)
These guides serve as training plans for onboarding new staff with CACFP responsibilities. Each guide contains a recommended list of training videos, courses and resources that are specific to the new staff member’s position and role related to CACFP. Videos, courses and resources are listed in the recommended order of completion.

Director and Program Coordinator Training Guide - estimated training - 20 hrs. 

Classroom and Meal Service Staff Training - estimated training -10 hrs.

Food Service Staff Training - estimated training - 16 hrs.