The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new rule allowing small and rural school districts to lower standards for hiring new school nutrition program directors. The USDA expects the proposed changes to "expand the pool of candidates qualified to serve as leaders in the school nutrition programs."
If the proposed rule is finalized, relevant foodservice experience including volunteer or unpaid work would satisfy requirements for new program directors in these small school settings. The Academy has long advocated for qualified practitioners to serve as school nutrition program directors and will submit comments on the proposed rules that emphasize the importance of strong education and training requirements.
Learn more about the Academy's advocacy efforts related to childhood nutrition by visiting its Child Nutrition Reauthorization page.