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. We have had over 200 people fully complete the training, and more are being processed for payment weekly! We have many others who are still in the process of taking part in the training.

If you have been participating in our Team Nutrition "Master the Menu" activities, your District is eligible to apply for SUB-GRANTS! 

Sub-grants are available in two categories, and your District can apply for both.

1.  Equipment Purchase, based on post-training implementation

  • DUE December 29, 2023

  • This is a competitive grant; We have 50 sub-grants available for up to $2,500 per SFA/District.

For more information and to apply, click HERE

2.  Personnel Reimbursement

  • Due no later than March 29, 2024. Districts can submit any time once expenses have been expended. You may include all incurred costs, as funds may be reallocated as they are available.

  • This is a non-competitive grant; this is to help provide reimbursement to the District for personnel expenses paid during participation in Master the Menu Training activities. 

  • Up to $2,000 per District, based on enrollment.

For more information and to apply, click HERE

A few more reminders & updates:

  1. If you were selected to be a part of the 40-hour 'A Manager's View' track, your training time is coming to an end! Training must be completed by November 30, 2023, in order to be eligible for the $500 incentive bonus. Check your email for communication from Emily Karel. 

  2. Spots are still available for our 8-hour track 'Meal Pattern Breakdown' for a $100 incentive bonus. If you are interested in taking part, you can register here: Master The Menu: North Dakota's Team Nutrition Training Grant Registration ( This track is geared towards any food service staff member who needs to know the details of the meal pattern.

  3. Our Meal Pattern Breakdown course will be available in SPANISH on our online learning module for learning by early December 2023! Stay tuned!

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

If you are interesting in taking part in the Team Nutrition Grant Activities, please register HERE or via the QR code below:

Team Nutrition Training Grant Registration

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. 

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