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Summer Food Service Program Training

Required Summer Food Service Program Training Sets a Strong Foundation For Success in 2015

Contracting Entities (CEs) must complete the required SFSP Training in order to maintain an approved status to participate in SFSP. At a minimum, at least one supervisory person responsible for food service operations at your organization MUST attend SFSP program administration and operations training.

Summer Conference and Training in San Antonio February 3-5

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Join the Texas Department of Agriculture for the second annual Summer Conference and Training February 3-5, 2015 at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade. For more information and a link to the registration page, click here.

Classroom Training at Regional Education Service Centers

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Education Service Centers (ESC) across Texas will offer three different SFSP classes. Read the descriptions of each class to determine which class is right for you.

SFSP Putting the Pieces Together – 3 Hour Training for SFAs/ISDs Only

This course guides School Food Authorities (SFAs)/Independent School Districts (ISDs) operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the various aspects of SFSP operations to promote program success.
Target Audience: All new and returning school applicants to SFSP. Required participants include supervisors overseeing the food service of the SFSP. Suggested participants include the person(s) completing the application and budget, submitting the claims for reimbursement or the person who performs these tasks in their absence, and the person(s) who have overall responsibility of the SFSP. This course is MANDATORY for all new and returning school applicants unless a more intensive classroom SFSP training is taken. SFAs/ISDs may choose to take any one of the offered SFSP trainings.

SFSP Putting the Pieces Together — 6 Hour Training for Returning CEs

This course guides CEs with two or more years of experience operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the advanced aspects of SFSP operations to promote program success.
Target Audience: All returning CE applicants to SFSP with two or more years of experience including school food authorities, private non-profits, governmental, military installations, and Indian tribes. Required participants include supervisors overseeing the food service of the SFSP. Suggested participants include the person(s) completing the application and budget, submitting the claims for reimbursement or the person who performs these tasks in their absence, and the person(s) who have overall responsibility of the SFSP. This course is MANDATORY for all returning CE organizations with two or more years of experience.

SFSP Putting the Pieces Together — 9 Hour Training for New CEs

This course guides new CEs operating SFSP through the stages of SFSP operations to promote program success.
Target Audience: All new CE applicants to SFSP including school food authorities, private non-profits, governmental, military installations, and Indian tribes. Required participants include supervisors overseeing the food service of the SFSP. Suggested participants include the person(s) completing the application and budget, submitting the claims for reimbursement or the person who performs these tasks in their absence, and the person(s) who have overall responsibility of the SFSP. This course is MANDATORY for all new CEs.

ESC Classroom Training Schedule for 2015

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To register for a training class, please contact your regional ESC. For a list of ESCs and their contact information, click here.

Region

9 Hour Date

6 Hour Date

3 Hour Date

1

Apr 14-15

Apr 14

Apr 13

2

Mar 3-4

Mar 4

Mar 5

3

Apr 16-17

Mar 25

Mar 19

4

Mar 24-25

Mar 31

Apr 1

5

Mar 17-18

Apr 8

Apr 22

6

Mar 2-3

Apr 6

Apr 2

7

Apr 8-9

Mar 25

Apr 2

8

Mar 5-6

Mar 10

Mar 17

9

Apr 9-10

Apr 7

Apr 8

10

Mar 3-4 & Apr 29-30

Mar 18 & Apr 16

Mar 25 & Apr 9

11

Mar 31 & Apr 1

Mar 30

Apr 2

12

Mar 16-17

Mar 23

Mar 24

13

Mar 4-5

Mar 24

Apr 8

14

Apr 6-7

Apr 2

Mar 26

15

Mar 30-31

Mar 25

Mar 24

16

Mar 4-5

Mar 31

Apr 16

17

Mar 3-4

Mar 31

Apr 7

18

Apr 1-2

Mar 31

Apr 1

19

Apr 16-17

Apr 15

Apr 14

20

Mar 4-5

Apr 23

Mar 26

Can a CE (including SFA) go to classroom training in another location?  Minimize 
Yes, as long as the level of training you are taking is the correct level required, per your program status (SFSP 202 or 201).

Important Reminders for Everyone Taking Training

  • Annual SFSP training is a mandatory requirement for all CEs. 
  • CEs will be required to verify attendance multiple times during training. Those who fail to verify attendance will be required to redo the entire training, if another is available, or their application will be denied. 
  • At a minimum, the CE’s supervisory personnel responsible for the food service must attend SFSP program administration and operations training. TDA must successfully verify that the person responsible for food service at your organization took the correct training prior to program operation or the program application will be denied, even if it was previously approved.
  • All attendees must have a CE identification number at the training. If the organization is new to SFSP and has not been issued one prior to the scheduled training, the attendee must have the name of the organization exactly as it will appear on the application.

     

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