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January 15, 2016
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Illinois State Board of Education Awards $4.5 million to U of I Extension for school food-service training
It can be a struggle to get kids to eat a well-balanced, nutritious meal at home.  Imagine the challenge of encouraging 1.9 million children in schools each day to eat healthier foods.  University of Illinois Extension has been awarded $4.5 million over three years to help by providing training and education to school food-service professionals statewide.

Funding for the program comes from the Illinois State Board of Education, which oversees the USDA’s National School Lunch Program at over 4,000 sites in Illinois. As part of its commitment to improve the quality and appeal of these programs and reduce food waste, the board contracted with U of I Extension to develop and conduct in-person and web-based training that supports child nutrition standards and promotes a more appealing cafeteria environment.

By weight, around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. According to figures recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food loss and waste accounts for about 4.4 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (4.4 Gt CO2e) per year. To put this in perspective, if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter—surpassed only by China and the United States. In fact, food loss and waste generates more than four times as much annual greenhouse gas emissions as aviation, and is comparable to emissions from road transport.

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