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Online Course

Local Meal Charge Policy Resources and Best Practices

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division Local Meal Charge Policy Resources and Best Practices online course.

By completing this course, you will learn about the resources which include California law, CDE management bulletins and web pages, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy memos and resources regarding local meal charge policies, Senate Bill 250, and best practices.
This course takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Please allow enough time to complete the course in one sitting. You are required to complete every question, except those noted as "optional". At the end of the course, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation. You will then have access to a printable course certificate of completion for your records. Completion of this course 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, please contact Sabrina Torres-Royal, Program Analyst, by phone at 916-323-4100 or by email at If you have questions about the content of the video, please contact Tracey Smith, Staff Services Manager I,  by email at

Registration Information

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The First Name, Last Name, and the date of completion will appear on your professional course certificate of completion. Therefore, to enhance the appearance of your certificate, use full names when entering your contact information. If you are currently participating in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) in California, use the business name that appears in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for your District or Agency.
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