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Team Nutrition Training and Grant Opportunities

Training Opportunities


HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom Training (HUSSC:SL)

The USDA has developed a series of HUSSC:SL training webinars. To learn more about HUSSC:SL, consider watching the recorded webinar: HUSSC: SL 2014 Criteria and Application for State Agencies and Schools.

Smarter Lunchroom Training

Did you know you can increase your students’ vegetable consumption 40-70% simply by creatively naming your vegetables and displaying these names near the food?  This is just one sample of a Smarter Lunchroom technique.  The Smarter Lunchroom Movement seeks to equip school lunchrooms with evidence-based tools that improve child eating behaviors and thus improve the health of children.  Please visit the Wisconsin Team Nutrition webpage for a variety of webinars on creating Smarter Lunchrooms. 

Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills Videos

These free training videos will help you and your school food service staff use more whole grains and fresh, Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables in your school meal program. The videos were developed in partnership with CESA Nutrition Purchasing and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS).

Each video is approximately 10-15 minutes in length and will:

  • Introduce a culinary skill needed for cooking with whole grains or fresh produce;
  • Introduce new recipes that can be incorporated into your menus to meet USDA meal pattern requirements; and
  • Provide valuable training that may be counted toward the USDA Professional Standards annual training requirements. 
To view the videos, please visit the CIAS website. 
The Chop! Chop! Resource Guide was developed to accompany the videos. The guide is a compilation of the recipes featured in the videos and includes information about Wisconsin crops, procurement of local products, food safety and professional development. 
Additional supplements to the videos include USDA's Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs which provides information and resources that districts needs to purchase local products and USDA's Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs which includes information to help schools identify foods that meet the whole grain-rich criteria and offer them in their menus. 


Sub-grant Opportunities


Smarter Lunchrooms Subgrant

Wisconsin Team Nutrition is pleased to announce that funding is available to implement smarter lunchroom strategies in your cafeteria. Only schools that participated in the fall 2017 Small Victories Smarter Lunchroom Training are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by November 17, 2017.

Serving Up MyPlate Subgrant

The application period is closed. Recipients will be notified in October. This funding is for third and fourth grade teachers to implement nutrition education in their classroom. The classroom teacher must implement the "We Are What We Eat" lesson from Team Nutrition’s Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum and conduct vegetable taste tests as part of the three nutrition education lessons.