Nutrition and Wellness Programs

School Meals Initiative Reviews

General Information

All school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program must undergo a School Meals Initiative (SMI) review on a cyclical basis.   The review is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDAs) strategy to ensure school menus are in compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and certain nutrient standards when averaged over a school week.

ISBE has contracted with Southern Illinois University Carbondale to complete the SMI reviews on its behalf.  In addition, ISBE staff will conduct SMI reviews throughout the state.   For the current list of eligible National School Lunch Program sponsors, click here

All SFAs selected for an SMI Review will have the week of review identified by ISBE.  For school year 2011-2012, please reference the chart below for pertinent information related to the SMI Reviews. 

Mailed to SFA
Selected Week of Review
Due Date
Review Conducted By
September 2011
September 19-23, 2011
September 30, 2011
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
October 2011
October 17-21, 2011
October 28, 2011
Illinois State Board of Education
December 2011
December 5-9, 2011
December 16, 2011
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
February 2012
February 6-10, 2012
February 17, 2012
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

USDA Guidance Materials for SMI

Food-Based Sponsors

Nutrient-Based Sponsors