Who We Are

University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois' 102 counties - and far beyond.

U of I Extension is based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and works with all colleges and units of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Communities are directly served by Extension staff in 27 units located throughout Illinois. Extension educators in local offices and specialists located on the U of I campus develop and deliver in-depth and research-based programming locally, in regional venues, and through distance-learning technologies.

What We Do

In 2015, University of Illinois Extension partnered with the Illinois State Board of Education to become a statewide provider of professional development opportunities for school nutrition professionals across Illinois.

The training and workshops provided by this partnership will satisfy the new USDA Professional Standards requirements for school nutrition professionals, as well as aim to support any additional training needs of Illinois school food service staff.

The ABCs of School Nutrition Portal for Illinois School Nutrition Professionals is a website created just for you - to bring you up-to-date information about national and statewide school nutrition news, local and regional training opportunities, school wellness webinars, online courses explaining relevant school nutrition topics, and more.

Create a user profile and password to access the full menu of school nutrition resources and information. Log in to this website periodically to discover new training opportunities and to complete your USDA Professional Standards training requirements. You may also send us questions or comments through this website at any time by using the 'Contact Us' page.

We hope this website helps Illinois schools quickly and easily satisfy their school nutrition training needs. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to serving you!