About the Additional Training Module

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The Additional Training Module contains courses with a broad scope of School Food Service. The following is a listing of the courses currently offered in the Additional Training Module.

 

Offer Versus Serve (OVS)

Offer versus serve (OVS) allows students to decline some of the food offered as part of school breakfast or lunch while still having a reimbursable meal. OVS was instituted to reduce food waste and to allow students to choose the foods they want to eat. Because students may decline some selections under OVS, training is needed on what constitutes a reimbursable lunch and breakfast. This module provides information that is useful for all levels of school food service personnel about the requirements of OVS..

 


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

This module is intended for use by Pennsylvania schools that have been awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grants and is intended to provide an understanding of the requirements of the program for those schools. However, it may also be of use to other schools that may be interested in applying for the program.


Farm to School: Keeping it Safe

Schools are working to provide healthier meals to students and teach them the skills they need to make good decisions about nutrition and health. As part of these efforts, there is growing interest among schools in Farm to School programs. While a primary objective of Farm to School activities is to connect schools with local farms to promote purchasing of local foods for school meals, a variety of types of activities fall under the Farm to School umbrella including school gardens, nutrition and agriculture classroom lessons, field trips to local farms, and taste-testing of local products. In addition to providing healthy foods in school meals programs and providing students with health and nutrition education, Farm to School programs support local farmers and therefore strengthen local food systems.


Contracting with a Food Service Management Company

Child Nutrition Program sponsors that contract with a Food Service Management Company (FSMC), must follow specific procurement requirements. Beginning with contracts that are bid for the 2013-2014 school year, the School Food Authority (SFA) and vendor must demonstrate they have successfully completed the “Contracting with a Food Service Management Company” e-module. Both the SFA’s and awarded vendor’s certificate of completion must be submitted with the proposed contract.


Overview of School Nutrition Programs

In this course participants will discover the History of Child Nutrition Programs, Program Oversight & Child Nutrition Programs — Description, Purpose, and Requirements, Reimbursements & Program Integrity, and The Law-Making Process & Sponsoring a Child Nutrition Program: How to Get Started.


Breakfast: The Most Important Lesson of the Day

This course has been designed to teach you:

  • about the importance of a nutritious breakfast,
  • the reasons for providing breakfast at school,
  • the varied ways to serve school breakfast,
  • how to overcome barriers to serving school breakfast,
  • the steps to take to expand an existing breakfast program or to start a new program, and
  • information specific to school breakfast programs in Pennsylvania.

This course has been prepared with three broad goals in mind for you:

  • To serve as more than a course: to provide you with a source of information and resources that you can return to as needed
  • To provide enough information and resources to help you feel confident to begin or expand your school breakfast program
  • Upon completion of this course you will be equipped with the motivation, knowledge and tools necessary for school breakfast success.

Serving Students with Special Needs

This course will teach participants:

  • How to describe common medical conditions resulting in students’ special dietary needs, the symptoms of these conditions, and the basic principles for managing them.
  • The requirements of federal laws related to serving students with special needs.
  • Participants will identify the team members involved in management of special dietary needs in schools and the role of each member.
  • Participants will describe the specific school foodservice responsibilities regarding serving students with special dietary needs.
  • Participants will be able to state the federal requirements regarding making milk substitutions in the school meal programs.
  • Participants will be able to understand the recommendations for using the Medical Plan of Care form.
  • Participants will engage in an activity to apply the information learned in this course in some real-life, practical situations.
  • Participants will  be able to identify resources related to accommodating students with special dietary needs in the school nutrition programs.

Renewal Year Contract with a Food Service Management Company

Currently not available. Undergoing updates.

The essential questions that will be covered in this course are:

  • What is the process for renewing a Food Service Management Company contract?
  • What forms are needed to renew the contract and what approvals are needed during the renewal process?

Selecting a Meal Purchase Option

Currently not available. Undergoing updates.

The essential questions that will be covered in this course are:

  • What are the three options for purchasing meals?
  • What procurement requirements must be met?
  • How does the SFA execute the contract?
  • What is a 3086 agreement?
  • How does the SFA complete the Fact Sheet in PEARS?

Renewal Year Contract with a Food Service Management Company

Currently not available. Undergoing updates.

The essential questions that will be covered in this course are:

  • What is the process for renewing a Food Service Management Company contract?
  • What forms are needed to renew the contract and what approvals are needed during the renewal process?

 

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