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Online Training

Summer Food Service Program Meal Requirements

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Meal Requirements online course number 009.

By completing this training, you will learn about the meal pattern requirements for the SFSP in California.
This training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please allow enough time to complete the training in one sitting. At the end of the training, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation. You will then have access to a printable training certificate of completion for your records. Completion of this training is not recorded until you select Submit on the final screen. By selecting Submit, you are acknowledging that you have viewed the entire course.

Navigation options are available at the bottom of each screen. If you have technical difficulties or questions about the content of the video, please contact the Summer Meals Unit by e-mail at For more information about SFSP Meal Requirements, please visit the CDE SFSP Information web page.

Registration Information

 Your Contact Information:
The First Name, Last Name, and the date of completion will appear on your professional training certificate of completion; therefore, use full names to enhance the appearance of your certificate. Use the business name that appears in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for your District/Agency, if you are currently participating in the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) in California.

Please answer the following questions before beginning the training:
 Is your CNP operated outside of California?
 Select the category that best describes who is viewing this video.  
 Are you taking this course to meet the SFSP Mandatory Training requirements?
Sponsors completing this training as part of the SFSP Mandatory Training are required to designate a supervisory personnel staff member or authorized representative responsible for the food service to complete the 11 individual online trainings which cover SFSP regulations, how to run a successful summer program, and best practices for operating meal sites. The course list is as follows:

Course 6 SFSP Program Eligibility
Course 7 SFSP Sponsor and Site Identification
Course 8 SFSP Sponsor Application
Course 9 SFSP Meal Requirements
Course 10 SFSP Vending Options
Course 11 SFSP Procurement and Bid Procedures
Course 12 SFSP Staff Duties and Training
Course 13 SFSP Program Integrity
Course 14 SFSP Program Costs and Reimbursement
Course 15 SFSP Recordkeeping
Course 16 SFSP Food Safety
 Is this video being viewed by an individual or as a group?
Provide this online training URL to participants that would like a certificate of completion and instruct them to complete within the two to three weeks of the training.
Select Next to begin the training.