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Welcome! The ABCs of School Nutrition Program supports school nutrition programs by providing training, resources, and tailored technical assistance to Illinois school nutrition professionals. On our blog, you'll find a variety success stories from schools around Illinois who have worked with us on Smarter Lunchroom initiatives, Breakfast After the Bell, and more! We also highlight School Nutrition Heroes who are committed to serving healthy meals and our winning Meal of the Month photo contest entries. To navigate, feel free to scroll through the posts, or narrow it down by selecting relevant categories (displayed on the right side of the page). Have a question? Choose the "ASK A SCHOOL NUTRITION QUESTION" category to get to the pinned post.

list of blog posts

  • An international perspective on school meals

    Miyuki Rapp, a dietetic intern originally from Japan, shares her school lunch memories and offers perspective for school nutrition professionals.

  • #MealoftheMonth Photo Contest Winner - Summer 2018!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (Champaign, IL) for winning the summer meals edition of #MealoftheMonth! Click here to see their winning entry.

  • Moo-ving more white milk

    University of Illinois Extension staff creatively promoted white milk at Maple Grove Elementary (Metropolis, IL) with tastings, contests, and more!

     

  • Smarter Lunchroom Strategies: Focus on Fruit (VIDEO!)

    See how schools around Illinois are improving consumption of FRUIT with simple solutions in this quick video!

  • Dessert for breakfast!

    Breakfast got a dessert-like makeover in a breakfast promotion at Roxana Central Intermediate School (Roxana, IL)!

     

  • #MealoftheMonth Photo Contest Winner - May 2018!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Wethersfield CUSD #230 (Kewanee, IL) for winning May's #MealoftheMonth contest! Click here to see their winning entry.

  • Battle of the salads!

    Which salad came out on top in the taste test at Irvington Grade School (Irvington, IL)?

  • #MealoftheMonth Photo Contest Winner #2 - April 2018!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Sycamore CUSD #427 (Sycamore, IL) for winning April's #MealoftheMonth contest! Click here to see their winning entry.

  • #MealoftheMonth Photo Contest Winner #1 - April 2018!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Christ the King School (Springfield, IL) for winning April's #MealoftheMonth contest! Click here to see their winning entry.