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Team Nutrition is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to support the child nutrition programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Order Free Team Nutrition Resources:​ Team Nutrition print materials are available to schools and child care centers that participate in the federal Child Nutrition Programs. All others are welcome to download materials.

2021 Team Nutrition Training Grants

On Oct. 16, 2020, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced the award of more than $4.1 million in FY 2021 Team Nutrition Training Grants​ to state agencies that administer the National School Lunch Program. Illinois was awarded $271,149. These grants will assist states in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will build its capacity to standardize recipes while incorporating local agricultural products and engaging students and the school community in nutrition education and the recipe development process. ISBE’s approach to developing and standardizing recipes will be composed of four initiatives: 1) School Meal Recipe Development Sub-Grants to School Food Authorities (SFAs); 2) Training and Nutrition Education; 3) Taste-Testing and Recipe Standardization; and 4) Recipe Promotion, Marketing, and Resources.  Recipes will focus on locally produced vegetables such as pumpkin, corn, lima beans, green peas, asparagus, green beans, and cauliflower. ISBE will encourage SFAs to incorporate the unique food practices found in their geographic area when developing recipes. For more information, please contact Beth Tanner at etanner@isbe.net​.​

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