Team Nutrition is a national initiative of the USDA 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 andcommunitysupport for healthy eating and physical activity.

Montana Team Nutrition has been working on this initiative in communities throughout our state since 1996. We currently offer technical assistance and training in the following areas:

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  • Smart and Pleasant Mealtimes, including Smarter Lunchrooms, behavioral economics, and comfortable cafeterias
  • Nutrition education
  • Farm to school and Montana Harvest of the Month
  • School wellness policy, including recess before lunch, school wellness policy assessment and implementation, and school wellness regional workshops
  • Menu planning, culinary techniques, school Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and emergency food service planning
  • Peer mentoring and consultation from experienced directors, food service experts, chefs, and administrators

Our Mission

In collaboration with partners across the state, Montana Team Nutrition leverages evidence-based practices and policies to provide training, resources, and support to K-12schools that promote engaging food-based education, foster positive food relationships, and cultivate healthy school environments.

Our Vision

Cultivating healthy Montana children and communities by shaping lifelong positive food and physical activity habits.

Montana Team Nutrition Program works in close collaboration with the Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Programs, and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Team Nutrition Training Grant Program. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  Read the full Nondiscrimination Statement. With Montana Team Nutrition being within the Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University, collaboration with faculty especially the Food and Health Lab, and MSU Extension Nutrition Education Programs naturally occurs and provides a strong foundation for active partnerships to maximize resources and strengthen research. Team Nutrition staff invite students and interns to learn through service learning projects and is excited to be preceptors for the Montana Dietetic Internship Program and other programs within the Department of Health and Human Development.


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