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School and Community Nutrition

Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

Published: 12/11/2020 10:19 AM

​Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). Effective July 1, 2015, this rule established consistent, national standards for school nutrition personnel by:

  • Requiring child nutrition personnel to complete annual continuing education/training on topics that promote program integrity or address critical program issues;
  • Establishing minimum professional standards for personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs; and
  • Instituting hiring standards for the selection of state and local program directors.


Sponsors can utilize the following resources to assist in gaining a better understanding of the requirements for Professional Standards as well as assist in the hiring process.

Hiring Resources

These resources will assist districts in the hiring process for child nutrition staff.

New Child Nutrition Director?

Please complete and return this form for a new Child Nutrition Director

Office of Finance and Operations
Division of School and Community Nutrition
300 Sower Blvd
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5625
Fax (502) 564-5519
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