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.

Healthy School Meals
Date: July 18 & July 19, 2023
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 3, 2023

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Training Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Check in no earlier than 7:30 am.
Who Should Attend: School food service persons involved with planning, directing service and documenting meals offered to students in schools. Training is planned for new directors, however, all are welcome to attend.
Location: Gateway Hotel and Convention Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, Iowa
Cost: $150.00 (Day 1 and Day 2)
$75.00 (Tuesday, July 18 – Day 1 Only)
Description: Join the Iowa Bureau Consultants for a two-day 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 student expectations. Come prepared to learn and network 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 for SY2023-24 for Milk, Whole Grain, Sodium, and receive an update on proposed rules.
  • Review the menu planning process for school nutrition, determine meal components and complete food production records.
  • Explore recipe and menu planning resources.
  • Understand additional school meal program requirements, including: Civil Rights, Smart Snacks and Wellness.
  • Participate in Food Safety Basics.


Agenda – July 18
Agenda – July 19

Professional Standards Key Areas: Nutrition, Operations 14 hours
Minimum Class Size: 20

School Nutrition Director’s Update Fresh Ideas for School Nutrition 2023
Date: August 1, 2023
Registration Deadline: July 18, 2023

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Training Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Check in no earlier than 7:30 am.
Who Should Attend:  School Nutrition Directors, Managers, Chefs, Authorized Representatives
Location: Gateway Hotel and Convention Center, 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, Iowa
Cost: $75.00

Description: Join the Iowa Bureau Consultants for a back-to-school update. Hear from Chef and Registered Dietitian, Chef Garrett Berdan, from the Culinary Institute of Child Nutrition (CICN) who will share fresh ideas on preparing and serving healthy, culinary-inspired school meals, discuss menu trends to incorporate into your program and elevate your cafeteria atmosphere. We look forward to seeing Iowa school nutrition directors in person. Come prepared to learn and network with other nutrition directors in Iowa.


  • Explore culinary trends for school nutrition programs.
  • Review a number of resources for healthy school meals, including “Make it Fresh: A Guide to Procuring Local Foods”
  • Receive a back-to-school update on current regulation, USDA Foods and state agency guidance.


Agenda – August 1

Professional Standards Key Areas: Nutrition, Operations 7 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

Cancelation Policy:  

There will be a $15.00 processing fee retained for cancellations made by registrants. If cancellation occurs less than one week prior to the class, there will be no refund, however, substitutes are welcome. Supplies are ordered and materials prepared based on confirmed number of paid registrants on date of registration deadline. Therefore, costs associated with attendance are still incurred. Please contact Registration Services prior to the workshop if an emergency situation arises that prevents a registrant from attending, such as illness or death in family. Workshop organizers will work with participants with these situations on a case by case basis. Please contact Registration Services at or 515 294 6222 with date of cancellation and name of substitute if necessary.