2015 Team Nutrition Training Grants
State Agency Proposal Summaries
Alaska Child Nutrition Programs will provide nutrition education to children participating in Child and Adult Care Food Program, National School Lunch Program, and/or Summer Food Service Program through their Farm to Summer meal sites program. In this program, children will engage in educational activities specific to their local food system, such as growing, harvesting, and/or gathering local foods. In addition, Alaska Child Nutrition Programs will conduct a statewide training for School Food Authorities on the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and then provide sub-grants and individualized technical assistance to selected schools implementing the Smarter Lunchrooms techniques. For more information, please contact Johanna Herron at Johanna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Department of Education Team Nutrition will expand its pilot program, Technical Advising Professionals into Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (TAP into SLM), in order to help schools effectively implement Smarter Lunchrooms techniques and increase student consumption of healthier foods. Approximately 20 school districts will receive sub-grants to send selected school nutrition professionals through a series of TAP into SLM trainings and workshops. These professionals will then serve as technical advisers as they implement Smarter Lunchroom techniques in their schools and provide classroom nutrition education. For more information, please contact Heather Reed at Human Resourceseed@cde.ca.gov.
Idaho Child Nutrition Programs (ID CNPs) will develop an individualized training program on the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement for schools participating in child nutrition programs. The program will involve online and in-person trainings as well as site visits and feedback from experts trained in Smarter Lunchrooms techniques. In addition, ID CNPs will create a 21-day Cycle Menu Toolkit for Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsors and providers. The Toolkit will be disseminated through both in-person training and train-the-trainer outreach. For more information, please contact Jennifer Butler at email@example.com or Dianne Esplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In collaboration with other state institutions, the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) will assist schools with implementing Smarter Lunchrooms techniques and will provide technical assistance to schools seeking recognition under the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms initiative. To complement these efforts, IDE will pilot Grab n’ Go meals at select middle schools and expand the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Cafeteria Coaching program for high school students. In addition, IDE will award sub-grants to five Summer Food Service Program sites implementing the Kids in the Kitchen cooking curriculum and to six Child and Adult Care Food Program sites implementing a farm-to-preschool gardening program. For more information, please contact Patti Delger at email@example.com.
In conjunction with implementing Smarter Lunchrooms strategies, Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) will assist schools in offering a broader selection of foods to their students and will provide schools with a variety of Smart Snacks-compliant, made-from-scratch recipes. KSDE will also deliver Team Nutrition’s Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum and Discover MyPlate to approximately 15,000 elementary students, while conducting the Smarter Mealtimes and Power Panther Preschool programs with Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsors, providers, and children. To promote wellness, KSDE will sponsor 150 Family Fun, Food & Fitness events and will host two Power Up School Wellness summits. For more information, please contact Emily Brinkman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will focus their 2015 grant on improving healthy food offerings and increasing nutrition education to children participating in Child and Adult Care Food Program. To accomplish this goal, MSDE will develop face-to-face and Web-based video trainings that will be delivered to Child and Adult Care Food Program providers at five regional locations across Maryland. As part of the program, Child and Adult Care Food Program providers will also receive individualized technical assistance to help with program implementation and to enhance program fidelity. For more information, please contact Megan Lopes at email@example.com.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will create and disseminate a suite of nutrition education and food service resources to at least 100 Child and Adult Care Food Program providers. These resources, which are supported through the MassCAMPS – Massachusetts Children’s Access to Meals Planned Smart program, will include an in-person culinary workshop, six online training modules, a training video on culinary techniques, and additional training and support materials. For more information, please contact Holly Alperin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan Team Nutrition will leverage support from the Michigan Healthier School Systems Change partner committee to develop, evaluate, and sustain an innovative statewide technical assistance and coaching system targeting K-12 schools. through this system, 25 educators will be deployed to assist schools in creating student nutrition advocacy teams, adopting Smarter Lunchroom strategies, and sustaining healthy school environments. For more information, please contact Nick Drzal at Drzaln@michigan.gov.
Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will work in collaboration with other statewide organizations to provide online trainings and in-person technical assistance to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. MDE will also host in-person regional symposiums for Child and Adult Care Food Program providers, and develop Web-based modules for topics such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program meal pattern, creative menu planning, and Child and Adult Care Food Program-related Team Nutrition resources. For more information, please contact Gail Anderson at email@example.com.
Missouri’s 2015 Team Nutrition grant will be used to develop a statewide farm-to-preschool program, Growing with MO – Harvest of the Season. The program will utilize USDA Team Nutrition’s Grow It, Try It, Like It! curriculum and incorporate additional lessons about Missouri grown products. Other components of this program will include recipes and menu ideas that feature seasonal produce, field trips to farms and farmers markets, technical assistance to help preschools source local produce, and training for child care providers on fresh fruit and vegetable preparation. For more information, please contact Barbara Keen at Barbara.Keen@health.mo.gov.
To assist schools with implementing Smarter Lunchrooms techniques, Montana Team Nutrition (MT TN) will provide one-on-one technical assistance to 30 schools across the state, and they will develop and disseminate a Smarter Lunchrooms Student Engagement Best Practice Guide. In addition to these activities, MT TN will enhance the training capacity of the Montana Child and Adult Care Food Program by conducting their Child Nutrition and Wellness Workshop and by revising and conducting their Childcare Provider Infant/Toddler Course. For more information, please contact Katie Bark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to hosting two statewide healthy school summits, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) will conduct 10 in-person trainings for elementary school teachers where they will provide instruction on how to incorporate Team Nutrition and School Enrichment Program curricula into their classrooms. NDE will also award sub-grants to middle and high school Family and Consumer Science teachers, who will work with students to develop innovative nutrition promotion strategies. For more information, please contact Dr. Zainab Rida at Zainab.Rida@nebraska.gov.
Child Nutrition and Food Distribution (CNFD) at North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will provide skills-based culinary training directly to Child and Adult Care Food Program providers. CNFD will also award sub-grants to sponsoring organizations of family child care homes, and these organizations will instruct and provide technical assistance to their providers on healthy menu planning. With the support of Regional Education Association Health Coordinators, CNFD will also assist schools with creating healthier school nutrition environments and implementing robust wellness policies. For more information, please contact Shayna Griffiths at email@example.com.
through their Buckeye Healthy Schools Workshop, the Ohio Department of Education/Office for Child Nutrition (ODE/OCN) will collaborate with statewide partners to provide technical assistance and training to schools seeking recognition under the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms initiative. ODE/OCN will also award sub-grants to schools to develop recipes for the Buckeye Healthy Schools Recipe Challenge. In addition, ODE/OCN will develop a Healthy Cuisine for Child Care Culinary Lab to train eight child care trainers and six chefs. These trainers and chefs will then provide 21 regional hands-on labs for child care providers. For more information, please contact Susan Patton at Susan.Patton@education.ohio.gov.
To improve the healthfulness of children’s eating environments, the Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) will implement 10 regional workshops throughout the state on the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. At least 120 school food authorities and sponsors of Child Nutrition Programs will receive training through these workshops, and follow-up technical assistance from CNP Specialists. For more information, please contact Garrett Berden at Garrett.Berdan@ode.state.or.us.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will extend its current Smarter Lunchrooms cadre, a team of professional trainers that assists schools with implementing Smarter Lunchrooms techniques, so that 35 school districts may receive targeted technical assistance. Select schools will also receive mini-grants to assist with the implementation of Smarter Lunchrooms techniques. In addition, PDE will develop two online training courses: one on meal planning and crediting, and another on marketing school meals. These strategies will assist schools in meeting the criteria and applying for HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms awards. For more information, please contact Vonda Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
through their Enhancing Healthy Choices and Enriching Cafeterias through Culinary Arts program, South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) will train 500 school nutrition professionals on culinary techniques, food safety principles, and behavioral economics strategies in order to increase student selection and consumption of healthier foods. In addition, SCDE will incorporate elements of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement into their Summer Institute for Food Service Training and into their annual monitoring tool. For more information, please contact Tarrah Mccreary at TMccreary@ed.sc.gov.
During the first year of funding, the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Child Nutrition Services (OSPI CNS) will perform a pilot study and train 10-15 Child and Adult Care Food Program centers on behavioral economics strategies. Following training, OSPI CNS will provide technical assistance to the centers, and gather feedback from plate waste surveys and other assessments. During the second year of funding, OSPI CNS will utilize feedback from the pilot study to develop and promote the Washington Smarter Mealtimes Toolkit. This toolkit will be promoted to child care centers through regional Smarter Mealtime training for Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsors and through presentations at state child care conferences, trainings, and events. For more information, please contact Bianca Smith at Bianca.Smith@k12.wa.us.
To create school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity, Wisconsin Team Nutrition (WI TN) will expand training and technical assistance opportunities for school food authorities across the state. through these efforts, WI TN will assist schools with implementing Smarter Lunchrooms strategies and with the development and evaluation of local wellness policies. Using this guidance, schools will be able to apply for and achieve national recognition through the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms certification. WI TN will also train school staff on interactive nutrition education lessons that connect the classroom, cafeteria, farms, and home. For more information, please contact Alicia Dill at email@example.com.