SD Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior-based, comprehensive nationwide plan for promoting the nutritional health of the nation’s school children.

The SD Department of Education administers the Team Nutrition Program in South Dakota through Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS). CANS contracts with South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service to manage some of SD’s Team Nutrition projects as well as other individuals and agencies.

School Nutrition Success Mentoring Sub-Grant

The South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) in collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU Extension) announce the “School Nutrition Success Mentoring” sub-grant opportunity. The Mentoring sub-grant will provide schools with funding to obtain training and technical assistance for child nutrition foodservice professionals. This sub-grant is designed to help foodservice professionals to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children and meet the recommendations of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The amount of the grant award is up to $2500 per school district. Click Here for more information and to apply. The deadline has been extended until all funds are expended.


Agencies applying for the grants must participate in US Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs such as CACFP, school lunch, after school snack or child and adult food program. Schools must be signed up for Team Nutrition. Funding provided by USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant to SD Department of Education.

Farmers Grow MyPlate
Grant Information and Application
Informational PowerPoint
Lesson Plan Example
The purpose of this sub-grant is to actively engage children in learning about how foods from the five MyPlate food groups nourish them, and how they are produced. An approach that incorporates nutrition education, food preparation, physical activity, and field trips to production or processing facilities is highly recommended. Sub-grant recipients will be reimbursed up to $600 for budget-related expenses including food expenses, field trip costs, and staff hours for preparation beyond normal work schedules.
Harvest of the Month
2015 Report 2015 Success Stories
Grant Information and Application Harvest of the Month Survey
The purpose of the Harvest of the Month mini-grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to sample fruits and vegetables. A team approach including the school, parents and community grocers is recommended. The mini-grant should be used in schools, after school programs, preschools, and summer programs. Grant recipients will be asked to evaluate their programs with pre- and post-surveys to see that children are increasing their knowledge and willingness to eat fruits and vegetables. Grant funding will be based on the total enrollment of the class(es) who will experience HOM: 0 to 100 children = $125, 101 to 200 children =$250, 201 to 400 children =$500. It is acceptable to request smaller amounts. In an effort to involve grocers or farmers’ markets in promoting fruits and vegetables, the grant will also provide free print resources for HOM/Pick it! Try it! Like it! materials for the grocers or vendors who agree to provide these complimentary materials to shoppers in their stores.

Useful Links
Healthy School Lunch Videos Join Team Nutrition
SD Dept of Health - Publications SD Team Nutrition Email List
SDSU: Team Nutrition online course SDSU: Team Nutrition online course - Registration Instructions
SD Team Nutrition Facebook Page  


For information about Team Nutrition, Training Activities and Grants contact South Dakota Department of Education, Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.