The Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering several informative workshops this summer for school nutrition employees. We look forward to meeting Iowa School Nutrition Authorities (SFAs) in person this year.

ServSafe®: Certified Food Protection Manager Course and Exam
Date: Monday, June 27, 2022
Registration deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022*
*Note: registration is 3 weeks prior to the course date; please register early!

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Training Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Who Should Attend: School Nutrition Directors, Managers, Cooks
Location: Story County Extension and Outreach Office, 1421 S Bell Ave, Ste 107, Ames, Iowa
Cost: $160
Description: Using current best practices in safe food handling is essential to keep your school’s nutrition program in compliance and protect the health of student customers and staff. Presented by Leah Brooke, MS, RDN, LD, Iowa State University Extension Specialist. This course is offered exclusively to school nutrition staff. Additional dates and locations for ServSafe® courses in Iowa may be found here:

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Course topics include:

  • Contamination and food allergens
  • Flow of food; purchasing, receiving, storage, preparation and service
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Food safety management systems

What to Bring: Photo ID required to take certification exam, ServSafe Manager Book, 7th Edition (will be mailed three weeks prior to class)
Minimum Class Size: 5

HACCP Food Safety Plan for Your School
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Registration deadline: Friday, June 24, 2022

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Training Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Check in no earlier than 7:30 am
Who Should Attend: Directors, Managers, HACCP team members
Location: Gateway Hotel and Convention Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, Iowa
Cost: $75
Description: Led by Iowa State University Extension Food Safety Specialists, registrants will learn ways to enhance food safety in their schools. Bureau Consultants will present on USDA requirements and recordkeeping. A guest speaker will attend from Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals. Registrants should have basic knowledge of food safety standards and sanitation principles and be familiar with the food safety plan at their schools. Ideally, registrants have earned ServSafe® Certification. The workshop is an opportunity to review the fundamentals of HACCP and improve food safety plans for local school nutrition programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review foundation knowledge about HACCP and the USDA Guidelines for the Process Approach to HACCP.
  • Evaluate current food safety programs and receive technical assistance on improving your district’s food safety plan.

Professional Standards Key Area: Operations 6 hours
What to Bring: Your district’s current HACCP food safety plan, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and/or examples of monitoring forms.
Minimum Class Size: 20

Healthy School Meals
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2022

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Training Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Check in no earlier than 7:30 am.
Who Should Attend: School food service persons involved with and responsible for planning, directing the service of and documenting meals offered to students in schools. Training planned for new directors, however, all are welcome to attend.
Location: Gateway Hotel and Convention Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, Iowa
Cost: $75
Description: Join the Iowa Bureau Consultants for a workshop to help newer school nutrition directors and managers navigate the basics for providing healthy school meals to Iowa students. Increase your understanding of school nutrition program regulations and gain practical tips for planning and delivering menus that meet school nutrition meal pattern requirements and students’ expectations. Come prepared to network and share ideas with other nutrition directors in Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
  • Learn about Transitional Standards in place for SY22-23 for Milk, Whole Grain, Sodium.
  • Review the menu planning process for school nutrition and be able to determine meal components and complete food production records properly.
  • Explore recipe and menu planning resources.

Professional Standards Key Areas: Nutrition, Operations 6 hours
Minimum Class Size: 20

Money Management for School Nutrition Programs
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2022

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Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Check in no earlier than 7:30 AM
Who Should Attend: Directors and Authorized Representatives – who already have a basic understanding of the procurement process.
Location: Gateway Hotel and Convention Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, Iowa
Cost: $75
Description: Presented by Iowa school nutrition consultants, learn strategies for your school nutrition program to learn more about sound financial practices for school nutrition programs; including: how to control costs with menu planning, purchasing/procurement process, receiving, storing, production, scheduling and service.
Professional Standards Key Areas: Administration – 3000 6 hours

Minimum Class Size: 20


Registration fees include morning refreshments, lunch, and training materials.
Registration deadlines are listed for each workshop.
Please Register Early! Classes are limited to space availability.
Classes may be cancelled if minimum number of registrants are not met by deadline.

Questions? For program content, contact, or call (515) 360-5149.
For registration questions, contact Registration Services at (515) 294- 6222 or