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.

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.
2014 – 2016 Smarter Lunchrooms Sub-Grants
Grant Information and Application
(Provided by USDA Team Nutrition State Training Grant 2014-2016)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis or until the 20 funding spots are filled.
Call Megan Olesen at 605-995-7382 with questions about the application.
Overview: The South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (SD DOE CANS) in collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU Extension) is pleased to announce the Smarter Lunchrooms sub-grant opportunity. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and techniques are based on the principles of utilizing environment cues to influence healthy eating behaviors. Budgets are tight and time is often in short supply and the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement recognizes these factors by providing research based and affordable solutions for lunchrooms! Additional information on the Smarter Lunchroom Movement can be found at:
Harvest of the Month
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.
2013 Cool Cooks in Schools Workshop
Quantity Foods, Sandy Kramer
Recipe Set 1 Recipe Set 2 Recipe Set 3
Food Safety , Cheriee Watterson
Food Safety Update Presentation Update SOP's instructions
Cool Cooks in Schools
Cool Cooks in Schools Presentation - Whitney Jerman, Midwest Dairy Association
Analyzing Recipes/ Component Contribution, Janelle Peterson
Math Basics Developing and Standardizing Recipes Recipe Analysis
Fruit and Veggie Bar, Arlene Chambers
Booklet Recipes Best Practices in Handling Fresh Produce
Amazing Body Exhibit Tours
The Amazing Body Exhibit is available for download from the SD Public Broadcasting website or search SDPB Digital Learning Library for ‘Amazing Body Tour’. Your school or after school program could be host to this set of 11 visual and interactive learning centers on body organs, nutrition, and physical activity.
The exhibit consists of:
- 11 animated lessons to be played on DVD via computer and/or LCD projector
- Tips to enhance each learning station
- Classroom follow-up activities
- Online evaluation tool

Training Materials
Salad Bars Guide Build a Healthy Salad Bar
Fun with Foodella
Rack Cards:
Fruits and Veggies Fundraising
Healthy Vending Nonfood Rewards
Physical Activity for Youth Recess Before Lunch
School Meal Pattern:
Parents brochure Administrators brochure
Teachers brochure Community/School Boards

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.