Team Nutrition Training and Grant Opportunities

Training Opportunities


Culinary Skills Class

Looking to learn or refresh your culinary skills?  During this class, local chef Monique Hooker will demonstrate culinary techniques that will help you prepare fresh ingredients.  Participants will have the opportunity to test out their newly learned skills by preparing recipes that can be used in their school meals program. In addition, menu planning strategies that utilize USDA foods and local produce will be discussed and sample recipes will be provided.

Dates and Locations:

  • July 15, 2014
    • Fox Valley Technical College Room E143,
    • 1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI 54912-2277
  • July 22, 2014
    • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Professional Studies Room 211,
    • 1901 Fourth Avenue, Stevens Point, WI
  • July 29, 2014
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Babcock Hall Room B141,
    • 1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI  53706
  • August 5, 2014
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Babcock Hall Room B141,
    • 1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI  53706


  • 9:00am – 12:00pm – Team Nutrition Culinary Training Morning Session
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm – Team Nutrition Culinary Training Afternoon Session

Registration:    There is no registration fee to attend either class. Participants can register for one session only. Each session of the culinary training class is limited to 12 participants. Each School Food Authority may register only one person. Visit to register.


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 view the WI Team Nutrition training to learn more about the Smarter Lunchroom movement and how to implement the techniques in your school. View the Blackboard Collaborate recording of the training.


Sub-grant Opportunities

WI Foods Taste Testing Sub-grant (Announcement Letter)

Funding is now available for middle schools to participate in taste testing activities and nutrition education during the 2014-2015 school year.  The purpose of this grant is to broaden the food experiences and nutrition knowledge of Wisconsin students.  Sub-grant awards will be available for approximately 30 school sites to incorporate taste testing activities and nutrition education in the cafeteria and/or classroom.  Selected schools will be awarded up to $4 per student to participate in sub-grant activities.  Selected schools will use funding to conduct four taste tests of WI grown produce:

  • Tomatoes and/or melons (Sept/Oct);
  • Apples and/or cranberries (Nov/Dec);
  • Winter squash and/or sweet potatoes (Jan/Feb); and
  • Salad greens (April/May). 

Funds may be used to:

  • Purchase food, supplies (e.g. plates, napkins, forks), and small kitchen equipment for cafeteria and/or classroom tasting and demonstration.
  • Printing and/or mailing costs of nutrition education materials.
  • Pay for staff time associated with the purchasing, preparation, and service of taste test materials; and coordinating/conducting nutrition education.

Application Instructions – please read instructions thoroughly before completing your application.
Application – must be emailed, faxed, or postmarked by June 20, 2014.


CACFP Indoor Gardening Sub-grant

The CACFP Indoor Gardening Sub-grant application period has closed.  Grantees will be notified of their award in February 2014.


School Garden Sub-grant

  • The School Garden Sub-grant application period has closed.  Congratulations to all our sub-grant recipients.
  • Evaluation Surveys – pre- and post-program student evaluation surveys must be completed and submitted to WI Team Nutrition to fulfill grant requirements.

Classroom Garden Sub-grant


Upcoming Sub-grant Opportunities

  • WI TN plans to release two sub-grants during the 2014-15 school year.  Be sure to check back at a later date for full sub-grant information, application materials, and deadlines.  


For questions about this information, contact Angela Farris (608) 267-9206