Team Nutrition is an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. Its mission is to promote lifelong healthy food choices and physical activity by improving the nutrition practices of the USDA child nutrition programs. Team Nutrition work to provide resources to schools, childcare settings, and summer meal sites that participate in these programs.

Team Nutrition uses three strategies to change behavior:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children.
  • Increase nutrition education through multiple communication channels to help children have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Build support for healthy school and childcare environments that encourage nutritious food choices and physically active lifestyles.

Team Nutrition Training Grants have been a cornerstone of the Team Nutrition initiative since its inception in 1995, and play an important role in helping state agencies deliver training and nutrition education that supports the USDA child nutrition programs.

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Master the Menu - Incentivized Training

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Master the Menu Training thus far. If you are new to hearing about ‘Master the Menu’ – you still have time to participate!

Spots remain for our 8-hour ‘Meal Pattern Breakdown’ Course. If a School Nutrition Professional completes this training within 6 months (and/or before June 30, 2024), they are eligible for a $100 bonus! 

If you are new to School Nutrition or are looking to refresh yourself on the meal pattern requirements, this course is for you!

The ‘Meal Pattern Breakdown’ Course is also available in SPANISH through the North Dakota Educational Hub. 

To sign up and take part in this training opportunity, please register HERE or via the QR code below. More information will be provided upon registration.

Team Nutrition Training Grant Registration

There are THREE days remaining of the Meal Pattern Breakdown training to be offered in-person! They will be held in the following locations:

We hope you can take part in this training day. Participation will provide 7 required hours for the 8 hour - $100 incentive training track. 

If you have questions about this training program, please reach out to Amy Nelson, Project Director, at or Emily Karel, Project Coordinator, at

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

USDA FNS Non-Discrimination Statement 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.  

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online at:…, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:  

1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or  

2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or  

3. email:  


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