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.

Save the Date! Healthy School Meals Workshop – June 2016

Team Nutrition will be offering eight (two-day) Healthy School Meals workshops repeated throughout the month of June at the following SDSU Extension Regional Center locations: May 31-June 1 (Aberdeen); June 2-3 (Watertown); June 6-7 (Rapid City); June 8-9 (Lemmon); June 13-14 (Winner); June 15-16 (Pierre); June 20-21 (Sioux Falls); and June 22-23 (Mitchell). The workshop will take place from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day, and be interactive with participants engaging in menu planning, identifying ways to lower salt by using spices and herbs, following guidance materials developed by USDA & other approved resources, and creating smarter lunchrooms with quick and easy ways to increase participation and reduce food waste. Who should attend? Food service personnel and others, such as Registered Dietitians, who want to work with school food service personnel. Activities throughout the two days will enhance understanding of the child nutrition regulations. Funding to support travel and registration costs to attend the workshop is available for food service personnel. Workshop attendees will meet the professional standard requirements for school nutrition professionals. CEU’s will also be offered to attendees. Click here for registration information.


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.