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.


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.

Power Chef Challenge Sub-Grant Award
Schools and agencies using any National School Lunch program (including breakfast, summer feeding, after school snacks) are eligible to apply for the Power Chef Challenge sub-grant award to promote nutrition education and culinary skills among middle school and junior high youth. Funds can be used to purchase food for food preparation lessons, printing of handouts, and small equipment for kitchen stations. Amounts of funds include up to $350 for 10-15 students, $700 for 16-24 students, and $1600 for 25+ students. Curriculum of eight sessions culminating in a cook-off challenge will be provided. Download the application and submit via email.
As an enhancement to the Power Chef Challenge sub-grant an optional add-on is the Power Chef in the Cafeteria sub-grant. This component provides funds to conduct a community event informing caregivers about school lunch and breakfast programs. The event will include demonstrations by chefs or food professionals on culinary skills followed by testing of one of more new food program recipes. This sub-grant allows up to $650 including support materials and help in locating chef or professional cooks. The Power Chef in the Cafeteria event will include promotion of the Power Chef Challenge program ideally as kick-off or culminating activity. Download the application and submit via email.
Smarter Lunchrooms 2018-19
Check out this great opportunity for your school to improve their lunchroom environment and engage students in the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement!

Applications for the $1,000 must be submitted and approved prior to August 2018. Eligible Applicants: Any South Dakota school district or organization that participates in the National School Lunch program and has a full lunchroom that serves students in grades 7-12. Required grant related activities to commence in August 2018 and wrap up in May 2019.

This one-page grant is simple to fill out and you are not required to specify how you will spend the grant money at this time. If you are selected to receive funding, you will receive one-on-one technical assistance to help you successfully implement the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in your school.

Here are some video examples of how schools have used their grant funding to create Smarter Lunchrooms:
1. Purchased materials to promote a “Build-A-Tray” program -
2. Used signage in cafeteria -
3. Created pre-packaged, grab-and-go healthy meals and snacks -

If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, visit or contact Megan Jacobson at
School Garden Grant
The purpose of this mini-grant is to actively engage schools in developing a garden and implementing nutrition education components to show children how food is being produced (grown in the garden), how that connects with the food items served in the school cafeteria and encouraging them to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables. A team approach including the school, parents and community is recommended. The sub-grant can be used in schools, after school programs, and summer programs that qualify as Team Nutrition entities. Entities can apply for up to $1,000 each school year. It is acceptable to request smaller amounts. Download the application to learn more!
Farmers Grow MyPlate
Farmers Grow MyPlate resource on iGrow:

The lesson series Farmers Grow MyPlate is now available for free download on the SDSU Extension website. The series of 5 units include activities for K-4th grades on nutrition, physical activity, food preparation, food production, and arts/crafts all related to the MyPlate food groups. Schools and agencies who have used the lessons report great engagement by the youth and appreciate the variety of age-appropriate activities. The resource was developed through a collaboration between SD Team Nutrition, SD Department of Education/Child & Adult Nutrition Services, and SDSU Extension.

The lessons are also available for free loan in hard copy along with an implementation kit of supplies from the SD Discovery Center lending library.
Program Implementation Guide MyPlate Grains Group
MyPlate Vegetable Group MyPlate Protein Group
MyPlate Fruit Group MyPlate Dairy Group
Harvest of the Month
Harvest of the Month Success Stories 2016
Under the 2014-16 Team Nutrition Training Grant through USDA fourteen schools and outside of school time programs implemented Harvest of the Month sub-grants to teach their youth about fruits and vegetables. Using http://www.sdharvestofthemonth resources, these schools and agencies have changed children’s’ knowledge and liking for fruits and vegetables. Results are shared in the HOM Findings Presentation 2016. Download to view and share.
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.