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​​Annual Conference July 25-26, 2023

The Illinois State Board of Education Nutrition Department's annual School Nutrition Programs Back to School Conference returns to an in-person event July 25-26 at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre in downtown Springfield. Pre-conference sessions are July 24. The free conference will include trainings on procurement, menu planning, food handler training, and much more. There will also be exhibitors and an area for one-on-one technical assistance.

 2022 Presentations and Materials

Live Webinars

​ON-DEMAND Trainings

USDA Food Buying Guide

The USDA Food Buying Guide (FBG) is an essential tool developed to assist operators in purchasing the right amount of food and purchasing it most economically. In addition, the FBG is a good resource for determining the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements to ensure that meals provide necessary nourishment and meet program requirements for reimbursement. To help you become more familiar and comfortable using the FBG, the USDA has developed the following training modules:​

  • Overview of the FBG for Child Nutrition Programs
  • FBG Recipe Analysis Workbook
  • FBG Product Formulation Statement
  • FBG Goes Digital
  • Navigating the FBG Calculator
  • FBG’s Exhibit A Grains Tool to the Rescue
  • How to Maximize the FBG’s Exhibit A Grains Tool

These modules may be accessed at​. Another helpful FBG resource is the User Manual for FBG​PDF Document.


 2021 Presentations and Materials

Live Webinars

School Year 2021-22 Resources

On-Demand Training

 2020 Presentations and Materials

Live Webinars

On-Demand Trainings

Fact Sheets

Financial Management

 2019 Presentations and Materials

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