University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Welcome to the ABCs of School Nutrition website! We provide resources and training to support school nutrition programs in Illinois.

About school nutrition training requirements

USDA Professional Standards

School nutrition staff must complete training relevant to their job each year.

The number of hours depends on your role:

  • Director - 12 hours
  • Manager - 10 hours
  • All other full-time staff - 6 hours
  • Part-time staff (<20 hours/week) - 4 hours

Learn more about USDA Professional Standards.

Ready to get started? Explore our calendar to see upcoming in-person events. Or, create an account to view our online trainings.

About ABCs + partners

ABCs of School Nutrition is a partnership between University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois State Board of Education.

University of Illinois Extension is the community outreach branch of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Extension educators are located throughout the state and work to improve their communities through research-based education.

Through the ABCs of School Nutrition program, we support all school nutrition professionals – from frontline workers to school administrators.

We are funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.