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Education and Training Resources for School Nutrition Programs

ICN’s research-based education and training resources are designed to help district school nutrition directors/supervisors, managers, and nutrition assistants/technicians meet the challenges of the day to day operations of successful school nutrition programs.

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This colorful 17″ X 22″ poster offers “at a glance” information on recipe abbreviations, measurement conversions, portioning tools, and steamtable pan capacity.
Post it in the kitchen for quick reference. Also available from ICN. Call 800-321-3054 for more information.

Face-to-face training resource that provides participants the opportunity to review and practice basic culinary math skills. Published 2016. Revised 2017.

Cashier’s Training: Reimbursable Meals is a two-hour face-to-face training designed to assist cashiers in understanding a lunch and breakfast reimbursable meal under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program. It provides short skill-building activities for cashiers to recognize reimbursable meals. The training can be taught in short intervals or as a 2-hour session. The resource includes a trainer’s manual, participants’ workbook, and PowerPoint presentation. Revised 2017.

Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals is a series of lessons designed to help school nutrition teams prepare healthier school meals that appeal to the taste of today’s students. Team members will learn information about nutrition, food production and culinary techniques that will improve their school nutrition programs.

A series of fact sheets that provide an overview of food allergies, the top 8 food allergies, how to manage food allergies, and common questions regarding food allergies in child nutrition programs. Revised 2014.

Food Allergies for School Nutrition Directors is an in-depth training on managing food allergies in school nutrition programs. Directors and food allergy management personnel who take this course will create an outline of a food allergy management plan or have an opportunity to strengthen their existing plan. This course includes information about food allergies, food intolerance, reading food labels, avoiding cross contact, accommodating students with food allergies, laws regarding food allergies, and educating the school community about food allergies. Published 2014, revised 2018.

The Managing Food Allergies in School Nutrition Programs online course is a 4-hour training course that can be found on ICN’s New eLearning Portal.

Food Safety Basics is a 4-hour training for new school nutrition managers and employees to provide a basic understanding of food safety. This training enables them to begin the job using safe food handling practices including good personal hygiene practices, important food temperatures, methods of preventing food contamination, and steps for developing a food safety program. Published 2017.

Food Safety Fact Sheets

Title Date added Download
Agentes biológicos April 10, 2018 Download
Agentes físicos April 10, 2018 Download
Agentes químicos April 10, 2018 Download
Almacenamiento de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Almacenamiento y uso de químicos April 10, 2018 Download
Biological Hazards April 10, 2018 Download
Calibrando termómetros April 10, 2018 Download
Calibrating Thermometers April 10, 2018 Download
Chemical Hazards April 10, 2018 Download
Cleaning and Sanitizing April 10, 2018 Download
Cocción de los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Complex Process April 10, 2018 Download
Controlando el tiempo y la temperatura durante la preparación de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Controlling Time and Temperature During Preparation April 10, 2018 Download
Cooking Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Cooling Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Descongelamiento de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
E. coli Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
El enfoque en el proceso April 10, 2018 Download
Enfriamiento de los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Food Safety and School Gardens September 21, 2018 Download
Handwashing April 10, 2018 Download
Hepatitis Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Higiene personal April 10, 2018 Download
Holding Cold Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Holding Hot Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Lavado de manos April 10, 2018 Download
Lavado manual de las vajillas April 10, 2018 Download
Lavado mecánico de las vajillas April 10, 2018 Download
Lavando frutas y vegetales April 10, 2018 Download
Limpiando y desinfectando April 10, 2018 Download
Mantenimiento de alimentos calientes April 10, 2018 Download
Mantenimiento de los alimentos fríos April 10, 2018 Download
Manual Dishwashing April 10, 2018 Download
Mechanical Dishwashing April 10, 2018 Download
No Cook Process April 10, 2018 Download
Norovirus Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Personal Hygiene April 10, 2018 Download
Physical Hazards April 10, 2018 Download
Preparing, Storing, and Serving Fresh Tomatoes April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination During Food Preparation April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination in Food Bars April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination When Using Cutting Boards April 10, 2018 Download
Preventing Cross Contamination During Food Storage April 10, 2018 Download
Previniendo la contaminación durante la preparación de los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Previniendo la contaminación en las barras de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Proceso de preparación complejo de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Proceso de preparación de alimentos para servicio del mismo día April 10, 2018 Download
Proceso de preparación de alimentos sin cocción April 10, 2018 Download
Recalentamiento de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Receiving Deliveries April 10, 2018 Download
Recepción de entregas April 10, 2018 Download
Reheating Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Reopening Your School Kitchen After a Flood April 10, 2018 Download
Salmonellosis Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Salvaging Food After a Flood April 10, 2018 Download
Same Day Service Process April 10, 2018 Download
Serving Safe Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Shigellosis Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Sirviendo alimentos con seguridad April 10, 2018 Download
Storing and Using Chemicals April 10, 2018 Download
Storing Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Temperature Danger Zone April 10, 2018 Download
Thawing Foods April 10, 2018 Download
The Process Approach April 10, 2018 Download
Transportación de alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Transporting Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Typhoid Fever Fact Sheet April 10, 2018 Download
Usando termómetros para alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Usando utensilios adecuados durante el manejo de alimentos listos para consumo April 10, 2018 Download
Using Food Thermometers April 10, 2018 Download
Using Suitable Utensils When Handling Ready-to-Eat Foods April 10, 2018 Download
Washing Fruits and Vegetables April 10, 2018 Download
Zona de peligro April 10, 2018 Download
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Colorful 8 ½” x 11″ mini-posters provide information at a glance on current food safety topics. Designed for use in the food preparation and service areas.

Food Safety Mini-Posters

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How to Properly Use Disposable Gloves Poster April 26, 2018 Download
How to Properly Wash Your Hands Poster April 26, 2018 Download
Como Lavarse Las Manos Correctamente Cartel April 26, 2018 Download
Utilice Correctamente Los Guantes Desechables Cartel April 26, 2018 Download
Clean and Sanitize Bottles for Infant Feeding April 10, 2018 Download
Poster en miniatura de temperatura September 21, 2018 Download
Cutting Boards April 10, 2018 Download
Good Practices for Serving Food April 10, 2018 Download
Good Receiving Practices April 10, 2018 Download
Hand Washing - #1 Defense Against Foodborne Illness April 10, 2018 Download
Buenas Practicas Al Servir Los Alimentos August 09, 2018 Download
Buenas Prácticas Para Recibir los Alimentos August 09, 2018 Download
Handling Produce Safely April 10, 2018 Download
Internal Cooking Temperatures April 10, 2018 Download
Keep Hot Foods Hot! Keep Cold Foods Cold April 10, 2018 Download
Keep it Clean April 10, 2018 Download
Managing Food Allergies April 10, 2018 Download
Personal Hygiene April 10, 2018 Download
Planting and Harvesting Food Safety Tips April 10, 2018 Download
Refrigerate For Safety! April 10, 2018 Download
Reheating Foods Mini-Poster April 10, 2018 Download
Storeroom Basics April 10, 2018 Download
Temperature Mini-Poster April 10, 2018 Download
Using a Three Compartment Sink April 10, 2018 Download
Use That Thermometer! April 10, 2018 Download
Consejos Para el Cuidado Infantil August 09, 2018 Download
Higiene personal April 10, 2018 Download
Lavarse Las Manos – ¡Defense #1 Contra Las Enfermendades Transmitidas por Los Alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Limpie y desinfecte los biberones para la alimentación de los infantes April 10, 2018 Download
Manejando Futas Y Vegetales con Seguridad de Alimentos August 09, 2018 Download
Manejo de alergias alimentarias April 10, 2018 Download
¡Mantenga Caliente Los Alimentos Calientes! ¡Mantenga Frio Los Alimentos Frios April 10, 2018 Download
Manténgala Limpia August 09, 2018 Download
Puntos Básicos del Almacén August 09, 2018 Download
Recalentar los alimentos April 10, 2018 Download
Recomendasciones de Seguridad Alimenticia Para Cultivar Y Cosechar August 09, 2018 Download
Regrigere por seguridad April 10, 2018 Download
Sugerencias de seguridad alimentaria cartel April 10, 2018 Download
Tablas De Cortar August 09, 2018 Download
Temperaturas Internas de Alimentos Cocinados August 09, 2018 Download
Use Ese Termómetro! April 10, 2018 Download
Utilizando un Fredadero de Tres Compartimentos August 09, 2018 Download

Food Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are written practices and procedures that are critical to producing safe food. It is essential to have these SOPs in place and to train foodservice employees to use them. Published 2005. Updated 2016. ET63-05.

Food Safety Standard Operating Procedures

Title Date added Download
Assembling a Body Fluid Cleanup Kit March 06, 2018 Download
Cleaning and Disinfecting Body Fluid Spills March 06, 2018 Download
Cleaning and Sanitizing Food Contact Surfaces March 06, 2018 Download
Communicating During a Foodborne Illness Outbreak March 06, 2018 Download
Communicating Norovirus Prevention Methods March 06, 2018 Download
Controlling Time and Temperature During Preparation March 06, 2018 Download
Cooking Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Cooling Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Date Marking Ready-to-Eat, Time-Temperature Control for Safety Foods July 25, 2018 Download
Handling a Food Recall March 06, 2018 Download
Hot and Cold Holding for Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Personal Hygiene March 06, 2018 Download
Preventing Contamination at Food Bars March 06, 2018 Download
Preventing Cross-Contamination During Storage and Preparation March 06, 2018 Download
Receiving Deliveries March 06, 2018 Download
Reheating Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Serving Food March 06, 2018 Download
Serving Safe Food to Students with Food Allergies March 06, 2018 Download
Storing and Using Poisonous or Toxic Chemicals March 06, 2018 Download
Transporting Food to Remote Sites (Satellite Kitchens) March 06, 2018 Download
Using and Calibrating Thermometers March 06, 2018 Download
Using Suitable Utensils When Handling Ready-to-Eat Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Using Time Alone as a Public Health Control to Limit Bacteria Growth in Time Temperature Control for Safe Foods March 06, 2018 Download
Washing Fruits and Vegetables March 06, 2018 Download
Washing Hands March 06, 2018 Download
The Inventory Management and Tracking Reference Guide presents information about inventory management and tracking that may be new to school nutrition operators and updates information about traditional inventory management in light of new traceability expectations. Published 2012.

No Time to Train provides short lessons for busy school nutrition assistants. The format for No Time to Train lessons includes an overview, preparation checklist, lesson at a glance with timeline for conducting the lesson, reference and instructor’s script. The manager / instructor will use the script to present each lesson to the participants. The script gives directions to the manager / instructor – DO, SAY, ASK, LISTEN, and ACTIVITY – to deliver each lesson. No special audiovisual or electronic equipment is needed to conduct the lessons. They can be presented in the cafeteria, media center, or classroom.

Teachers and others in the school or child care setting may wish to participate. Lessons could also be used to integrate nutrition education in the classroom. With some modifications, the lessons could be used with middle and secondary students. Published 2008. ET88-08

No Time To Train:Short Lessons for School Nutrition Assistants 

Title Date added Download
Lesson 01 - Five Steps for Food-Safe Taste Testing March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 02 - Effect of Batch Cooking on Food Quality March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 03 - Determining When to Batch Cook March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 04 - Receiving Affects Customer Satisfaction March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 05 - Identifying and Preserving Quality in Value-Added Products March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 06 - Best Practices Affect Quality of Value-Added Products March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 07 - Food Production Records - Why March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 08 - Food Production Records - What and Where March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 09 - Food Production Records - Who and When March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 10 - How Foods Are Portioned March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 11 - Combine Multiple Servings - by Count March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 12 - Combine Multiple Servings - by Volume March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 13 - Combine Multiple Servings - by Weight March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 14 - School Wellness March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 15 - Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 16 - MyPlate - The March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 17 - MyPlate - Focus on Fruits March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 18 - MyPlate - Let's Talk Vegetables March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 19 - MyPlate - A Look at Grains March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 20 - MyPlate - Dairy Matters March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 21 - MyPlate - Protein Foods March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 22 - Let's Talk Oils and Fats March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 23 - Physical Activity March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 24 - Hot and Cold Foods Temperatures March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 25 - Preventing Accidents in the Kitchen March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 26 - Identifying Kitchen Area Work Hazards March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 27 - Using a Metal Stem Thermometer March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 29 - Portioning Matters March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 30 - Protecting Quality Through the Flow of Food March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 31- Quality Standards- A Cafeteria Checklist March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 32 - Identifying the Parts of a USDA Quantity Recipe March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 33 - Herbs, Spices, and Seasonings March 02, 2018 Download
Lesson 34 - Adjusting a Recipe with Herbs and Spices March 02, 2018 Download
The Breakfast Lunch Training (BLT) Module, Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness, 4th Edition provides a basic overview of nutrition. The module incorporates a variety of learning activities to engage participants on a personal level. The learning objectives for each lesson are achieved through completion of all lesson components. Nutrition 101 consists of an Instructor’s Manual, a Participant’s Workbook, and PowerPoint presentations. Published 2018.

These training materials are used in the five-day Orientation to School Nutrition Management training seminar targeted to new and aspiring school nutrition program directors with five years or less experience.  Lessons provide an overview of school nutrition programs, define the role and responsibilities of a director, and review the relationship between local policies and state/federal regulations.

Management topics include:

  • Meal Pattern/HealthierUS School Challenge
  • Food Production and Operation Management
  • Program Accountability and the Role of the School Nutrition Director
  • Procurement and Inventory Management
  • Special Needs
  • Work Place Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Financial Management

Orientation to School Nutrition Management

Title Date added Download
Cover - Participant's Workbook April 10, 2018 Download
Cover - Instructor's Manual April 10, 2018 Download
Orientation to School Nutrition Management Seminar Pre/Post-Assessment Answer Key April 10, 2018 Download
Orientation to School Nutrition Management Seminar Pre/Post-Assessment April 10, 2018 Download
Orientation to School Nutrition Management Seminar Daily Schedule April 10, 2018 Download
Workplace Safety and Emergency Preparedness Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Workplace Safety and Emergency Preparedness Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Workplace Safety and Emergency Preparedness Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Food Safety Essentials Presentation or Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Food Safety Essentials Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Food Safety Essentials Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Marketing Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Marketing Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Marketing Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Human Resources Management Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Human Resources Management Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Human Resources Management Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Procurement and Inventory Management Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Procurement and Inventory Management Participant Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Procurement and Inventory Management Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Financial Management - Slide Presentation for 4-Hour Training for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Financial Management 4 Hour Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Financial Management 4 Hour Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Farm-to-School Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
An Introduction to Farm to School for New Food Service Directors - Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
USDA Federal Regulations Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Customer Service, Merchandising, and Food Presentation PowerPoint for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Customer Service, Merchandising, and Food Presentation Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Customer Service, Merchandising, and Food Presentation Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Special Needs Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Special Needs Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Special Needs Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
HealthierUS School Challenge- Smarter Lunchroom Instructor’s Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Meal Pattern Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Meal Pattern Presentation April 10, 2018 Download
Meal Pattern Instructor's Manual April 10, 2018 Download
USDA Foods Presentation with Notes for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
USDA Foods Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Food Production and Operation Management Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Food Production and Operation Management Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Program Accountability and the Role of the School Nutrition Director Presentation for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Program Accountability and the Role of the School Nutrition Director Participant's Workbook for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
Program Accountability and the Role of the School Nutrition Director Instructor's Manual for Orientation April 10, 2018 Download
USDA Foods Video July 13, 2018 Download
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