In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


2019 Child Nutrition Programs Summer Institute

Beginning in SY 2016-2017, the required annual training hours for SFA personnel are:

  • Program directors - 12 hours*

  • Program managers - 10 hours

  • Program staff - 6 hours

  • Part-time staff (<20 hours per week) - 4 hours

*Note that the requirements are based on job duties.  In Vermont, we find that many school foodservice personnel with the title of “manager” are performing the duties of directors, as defined by the USDA regulations.  In these circumstances, the higher number of hours is required.

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Vermont Child Nutrition Programs is pleased to invite you to Summer Institute 2019!  This year’s Summer Institute will take place at Middlebury Union High School from August 12-16, 2019.  This year we are offering almost 50 half-day, full-day and multi-day classes!  You may register for just one class, a whole day, or multiple days. We invite you to come spend the week learning with us!

As always, we have classes and sessions for everyone – from the school side, we welcome school food service directors, managers & staff, principals, administrative assistants, business managers, superintendents, farm-to-school coordinators, nurses, and others in the school community who work on child nutrition.  We are also pleased to offer classes for our other federal child nutrition program operators, including child care program directors & staff, and summer meals program sponsors.



Professional Standards Compliance – Since 2015, school food authorities have been required to provide minimum professional development hours to all staff involved in the operation of school meals programs.  The classes offered at Summer Institute all count towards these required hours. 




We look forward to seeing you in Middlebury in August!

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