School Food Service HACCP Resources

School lunch programs participating in the National School Lunch Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), must have a school food safety program.

“Section 111 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265) amended section 9(h) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act by requiring school food authorities (SFAs) to implement a food safety program. The Reauthorization Act requires that, during the preparation and service of meals, the SFA comply with a HACCP system established by the Secretary of Agriculture.”


USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) food safety page
The FNS Office of Food Safety web site provides food safety education and training resources for school food service professionals and child nutrition program operators.
The National School Lunch Act HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) guidance document (2005) Guidance for School Food Authorities. Developing a School Food Safety Program Based on the Process Approach to HACCP Principle is a good place to start if developing a new HACCP food safety program.

Foodsafe Schools Action Guide
This Web site is a one-stop gateway to school food safety information and resources. Click any of the categories in the above graphic to jump right into the program, or read more about your options below.

Other school foodservice food safety resources

Institute of Child Nutrition Food Safety resources

Food Safety in Schools (formerly titled, Serving It Safe, 4th Edition)
Provides foodservice personnel at all levels with an up-to-date source of information for managing a safe and sanitary foodservice operation. The chapters cover topics such as: food safety, microorganisms, how to keep a clean and sanitary foodservice operation, prevention of foodborne illness, process for foodborne illness prevention, and food safety programs in schools. Revised 2015.

Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs Kansas State University

Iowa State Extension and Outreach HACCP-School Foodservice


Additional information about foodservice HACCP can be found here.