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.

School Nutrition Success Mentoring Sub-Grant

The South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) in collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU Extension) announce the “School Nutrition Success Mentoring” sub-grant opportunity. The Mentoring sub-grant will provide schools with funding to obtain training and technical assistance for child nutrition foodservice professionals. This sub-grant is designed to help foodservice professionals to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children and meet the recommendations of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The amount of the grant award is up to $2500 per school district. Click Here for more information and to apply. The deadline has been extended until all funds are expended.


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
The “Farmers Grow MyPlate” curriculum is a resource designed for rural school children to educate them about the Choose MyPlate guidance as well as how that food is grown in our Midwest states. Lessons include nutrition information, food preparation experiences, instruction on how food is grown and processed, and art/craft activities for youth ages Kindergarten to 4th grade. An implementation guide provides ideas for staffing and management of the series of lessons as well as the food safety protocol. FGMP has been successfully implemented in outside of school time programs, elementary classrooms, and day camp settings. Download today to begin the “Farmers Grow MyPlate” adventure.
Program Implementation Guide MyPlate Grains Group
MyPlate Vegetable Group MyPlate Protein Group
MyPlate Fruit Group MyPlate Dairy Group
Grant Funds Extended
Extended 2016 Farmers Grow MyPlate application
Apply for a sub-grant award up to $500 to support an interactive camp to teach South Dakota’s children about the five food groups of USDA’s Choose MyPlate food guide while explaining how the foods from each group are produced. Farmers Grow MyPlate curriculum is a creative way to teach children how to eat a healthy, balanced diet while exploring the steps to produce those foods. The lessons are designed for youth ages Kindergarten to 4th grade. The curriculum and a toolkit of starter supplies will be provided. Funds may be used for food for meal preparation lessons, print materials, field trips to farms or processing businesses, and some staff time. Lessons may be downloaded for preview.

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.
Grant Funds Extended
Extended 2016 Harvest of the Month grant
Apply for a sub-grant award of $125 to $500 to implement Harvest of the Month lessons with elementary youth in schools and OST programs. Harvest of the Month is an educational program aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among youth enrolled in schools, summer programs, after-school programs, and child care centers. Lessons may be downloaded from Schools may receive mini grants to cover the costs of fruits and vegetables purchased for monthly taste-testing conducted in classrooms. A different fruit or vegetable is introduced monthly to youth through April of 2017.

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.