Vermont Education Agency Receives USDA Funding to Support Child Nutrition Program Training
BARRE – The Vermont Agency of Education’s Child Nutrition Program has received $32,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pay for travel costs for local school food service program staff associated with USDA’s Team Up for School Nutrition Success training. Training will take place in Concord, NH in December 2016 in collaboration with Child Nutrition Programs from the states of Maine and New Hampshire.
This training pairs new and in-experienced school food service managers with seasoned managers and directors as mentors to create and implement action plans with continued support and training over a two-year period. The travel funds will be used to pay for mileage, lodging, per diems and substitute staff coverage for approximately 18 Vermont school food service managers. These expenses often prevent school food service staff from attending training and professional development. All attendees are nominated by the Vermont Child Nutrition Program staff members who will also participate in the training in a supportive role.
“As a state agency, we are very excited that we are able to provide this financial support to local schools for this high caliber training event, said Laurie Colgan, director of the AOE’s Child Nutrition Program. “With budget constraints and limited personnel, it is often very difficult for food service staff to take a day or two for professional development and training.”