University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Do you need to learn the basics of reimbursable meals? Are you more experienced and looking for new ideas for your program? We can help!

Our regional in-person workshops make it easier to network with nearby schools and cut down on travel time. We also offer virtual events so you can participate in live training without leaving town.

All trainings count toward the USDA Professional Standards. Explore upcoming events below!

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September 28, 2023  |  3 - 4 pm Time: 1 hr

Costing Out Recipes with Culinary Math

Location: Online

In order to know what the total food cost is for a school meal, you must know what the portion cost is for each food item served. This course will demonstrate how to find the cost of each ingredient in a recipe, then total all ingredients to get the total recipe cost. We then use that number to get a portion cost.
October 19, 2023  |  2 – 4:30 PM CT Time: 2 hrs 30 min

Serve it Safely Food Handler Training

Location: Online

Learn essential food safety for non-restaurant food service, including storage, cleaning/sanitizing, personal hygiene, and more. This training is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health; participants will receive a certificate good for three years.
November 01, 2023  |  8 am - 12:30 pm CT Time: 4 hrs

School Lunch Rocks! (Part 2)

Location: Carterville, IL

This training will provide four hours of USDA Professional Standards credits for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no charge for this training; however, pre-registration by July 14 is required. Topics covered at this session will include preparing for your administrative review (with Kim Nesler of ISBE), student engagement, and an update from the CATCH onto Health Consortium.
November 02, 2023  |  2:30 - 4:30 PM CT Time: 2 hrs

Food Allergies in School Nutrition

Location: Online

Review the differences between food allergies, intolerances, and food-related autoimmune issues; common allergens and how to identify them on nutrition labels; avoiding cross-contamination; and more. Note: This is not an ANSI-accredited food allergen safety course.