March 1, 2012

National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program SY2012-2013 Meal Pattern Question and Answer Webinar - March 21, 2012

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released the nutrition standards for school meals beginning with school year 2012-2013. The new standards were designed to align school meals with the most recent nutrition recommendations and current capabilities of schools. The Nutrition Programs Division of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) presented a webinar on the USDA Food Based Meal Pattern Overview for School Year 2012-2013 on February 22, 2012. This recorded webinar as well as the PowerPoint presentation used for this webinar are available on our website.

Another webinar for Illinois schools on this topic is planned for March 21, 2012 beginning at 1:30 PM. The webinar will provide a brief overview of the new meal pattern with a focus on question and answers submitted by schools since the earlier webinar regarding overall implementation. Space is limited so please register at your earliest convenience online at If you are unable to attend the webinar, this webinar will be recorded and available for viewing at your convenience from our website shortly after the live webinar is presented.

The USDA currently has a number of resources available for schools to utilize to help them prepare for changes that are to be put into place for 2012-2013. The resources include:

To access these resources as well as the ISBE recorded webinar and PowerPoint presentation, please visit our website,

If you have any questions, please contact our office via email at or via telephone at 800/545-7892.