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osnp laptop graphicThe Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Project PA (Penn State), is offering an “Orientation to School Food Service Operations (Part 1)” as a series of webinars. These sessions are designed to provide critical information to help new (and aspiring) school Food Service Directors, and/or those responsible for Food Service Operations, to be successful in their positions. However, because these sessions are being offered virtually, they are open to anyone at any stage of their school food service career.

The orientation session content has been grouped into segments of approximately 2 hours each and will be offered as webinars over a 7-week period beginning in late September. The topics, dates, times, and registration links are listed below.

Registration is free. After you register you will be sent a webinar link and passcode via e-mail. Prior to each webinar, slides and handouts will be sent to registrants via e-mail. Professional development credits will be provided for each webinar. Attendees will receive a certificate documenting participation.


Webinar #1: September 17, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Overview of Federal Child Nutrition Programs
  • Project PA/School Nutrition Toolbox
  • School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania (SNAPA)
  • PEARS: General Overview/Community Eligibility Provision Overview
  • Civil Rights in the School Nutrition Program

Webinar #2: September 24, 2020; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


  • Direct Certification

Webinar #3: October 1, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • School Nutrition Program Financial Report and Paid Lunch Equity

Webinar #4: October 8, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Meal Pattern and Menu Planning
  • Accommodating Disabilities in School Meals

Webinar #5: October 15, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Production Records, Standardized Recipes, CN Labels, and Product Information Sheets
  • Meal Counting and Claiming

Webinar #6: October 22, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Procurement in the School Nutrition Programs
  • USDA Foods

Webinar #7: October 29, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


  • Determining Eligibility for School Meals
  • Verification of Eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
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