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MONTANA TEAM NUTRITION
Program Office Location: MSU
Montana State University,
325 Reid Hall
P. O. Box 173370
Bozeman, MT 59717-3370
Phone: 406.994.5641
Fax: 406.994.7300

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Team NutritionSchool Nutrition:
Montana Team Nutrition

The Montana Team Nutrition Program is the training arm for school nutrition programs and builds support for healthier school environments through food service training, nutrition education and implementation of the school wellness policy. It is located at Montana State University in the Department of Health and Human Development. This enables staff to easily partner with faculty and other key state partners like Montana State University Extension and the Montana SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Education Program.

Creating pleasant and positive mealtimes......

Who can use this information? school administrators, school food service professionals, paraprofessionals, teachers, parents; any adult supervising the school cafeteria

Why are school meals important?
The experiences which kids have now with food/meals will shape their future/life-long relationships with food. The goal is to develop healthy, capable and competent eaters.
Meals consumed at school are essential to the growth of healthy students- bodies, minds and behaviors.
It’s good for the bottom line; increased revenue to schools if more students participate in school meals programs (breakfast and lunch).

Why should schools strive to support pleasant and positive mealtimes vs. just getting the students fed?

  • Mealtime should be a time for students to relax, socialize and nourish their bodies and minds. When the mealtime/cafeteria environment is pleasant, students eat better, do better in their academic coursework, and have fewer behavioral problems.
  • Many kids are undernourished, even if they are overfed. School meals provide key nutrients for students to grow and learn to their full potential. School meals may be the only reliable meal of the day for some students.
  • School meals help to develop healthy eating habits and acceptable meal time behaviors.
    A Positive Feeding Approach requires effective teamwork and communication amongst administrators, teachers, aides, school food service staff, students and parents.

Sometimes, school cafeterias are not so inviting: students are pressured to eat, supervising adults are not trained in how to be supportive at mealtime, students are not allowed to talk during meals, and meals are consumed in a hurry to get outside. This training addresses a variety of mealtime scenarios and tips for positive meal time practices.

Comfortable School Cafeterias Resources and Ready to Use Training Materials

Who can use this information? Early childhood educators, child care programs, Head Start programs, paraprofessionals, teachers, parents; any adult supervising mealtimes with children.

Why are meals in child care programs important?
The experiences which young children have now with food/meals will shape their future/life-long relationships with food. The goal is to develop healthy, capable and competent eaters. Meals consumed at child care are essential to the growth of healthy children- their bodies, minds and behaviors.

Why should child care programs strive to support pleasant and positive mealtimes vs. just getting the children fed?

  • Mealtime should be a time for young children to relax, socialize and nourish their bodies. When mealtimes are pleasant, children eat better and learn to try a variety of foods in a positive way.
  • Many kids are undernourished, even if they are overfed. Meals provide key nutrients for children to grow and learn to their full potential.
  • Meals consumed at child care may be the only reliable meal of the day for some children.
  • Positive mealtimes teach healthy eating habits and acceptable meal time behaviors.
  • A Positive Feeding Approach requires effective teamwork and communication amongst staff, children and parents.

Sometimes, mealtimes in child care programs are not so pleasant: children are pressured to eat, supervising adults are not trained in how to be supportive at mealtime, supervising staff do not eat or drink the same food as they serve the children, etc. This training addresses a variety of mealtime scenarios and tips for making mealtimes with children pleasant and enjoyable for both children and adults.

Pass the Peaches, Please Resources and Ready to Use Training Materials

Developed 2011
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact:
Montana Team Nutrition
P.O. Box 173370, MSU, Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone 406.994.5641
Fax 406.994.7300

Molly Stenberg, RD, stenberg@montana.edu
Katie Bark, RD, kbark@mt.gov

 

Nutrition Education

The links below will lead you to age-appropriate and accurate nutrition education resources and lesson plans. Click on one of the following categories to find information specific to your needs.

Childcare Resource Library from USDA:
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in caring for the nutrition needs of young children in our childcare program. 
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Farm to Preschool Resources:
http://farmtopreschool.org/  or /Farm2School
Check out these websites from National Farm to School Network or Montana Team Nutrition Program for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to preschool program.

Grow It Try it Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

The kit includes seven booklets featuring three fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm can be used to introduce any fruit or vegetable! It also has a CD-ROM with Supplemental Information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup's Picnic and Lunch Parties.

Each booklet contain: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Kids Health in the Classroom
http://classroom.kidshealth.org/index.jsp?Grade=cc&Section=hhfl
This website has curriculum materials, categorized by grades, covering many areas of health.

KID-FIT: Physical Education Classes for Preschoolers
http://kid-fit.com/
KID-FIT provides preschool children, their primary caretakers, and educators a structured curriculum for promoting healthy lifestyle habits.

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom (Department of Agriculture) K-3 Lessons
http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/LessonPlans/K-3/
Check out these standards-based lesson plans that can be incorporated across the curriculum.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nutrition-wellness-tips-young-children
This resource is designed for providers caring for children from ages 2-5 years. Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play?

This handbook was developed to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets addressing wellness recommendations and includes practical best practices and success stories for planning menus and daily physical activity schedules.

Discover My Plate (Kindergarten):
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/discover-myplate-nutrition-education-kindergarten
Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children — kindergarten.

Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
www.opi.mt.gov/eatsmartmtcurriculum
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

Grow It Try it Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/growit.html
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

The kit includes seven booklets featuring three fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm can be used to introduce any fruit or vegetable! It also has a CD-ROM with Supplemental Information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup's Picnic and Lunch Parties.

Each booklet contain: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/
Check out these websites for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to school program and/or ready to use lesson plans to teach children about agriculture and how food is grown.

Montana Farm to School Resources:   www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School

Montana Harvest of the Month Program: http://www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth/The Montana Harvest of the Month program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools and communities. Each month, the schools participating in the program focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in a meal, offering taste tests to students, and doing educational lessons and activities surrounding both the nutritional and agricultural aspects of the food.

National Farm to School Network Resources:   http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Resource Library for Educators from USDA:
https://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nutrition-education/nutrition-education-resources-elementary-school
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in teaching children about food, nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Serving Up My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum (USDA - Team Nutrition)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/serving-myplate-yummy-curriculum
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy
Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes webinar and resource sheet
Sports nutrition basics for young athletes. Teaching how to build good eating habits for success and performance and determining how much is enough and paying attention to the body's hunger cues.

DIG IN! Standards-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum from the Ground Up (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/dig-standards-based-nutrition-education-ground
Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Dig In! includes a teacher’s lesson and garden guide, parent newsletters, posters.

Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
www.opi.mt.gov/eatsmartmtcurriculum
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

Serving Up My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum (USDA - Team Nutrition) http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/serving-myplate-yummy-curriculum
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities.

Montana Harvest of the Month Program: http://www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth/The Montana Harvest of the Month program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools and communities. Each month, the schools participating in the program focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in a meal, offering taste tests to students, and doing educational lessons and activities surrounding both the nutritional and agricultural aspects of the food.

Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/

National Farm to School Network Resources:   http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Montana Farm to School Resources:   www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School
Check out these websites for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to school program and/or teach children about agriculture and how food is grown.

Resource Library for Educators from USDA:
http://pueblo.gpo.gov/TN/TNPubs.php
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in teaching children about food, nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition-popular-events-idea-booklet
Are you looking for fun ways to promote nutrition and physical activity at your elementary or middle school? Use this events idea booklet to get started! This free events booklet has a variety of events, handouts and ideas.

The Great Garden Detective (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/great-garden-detective
Students will discover what fruits and vegetables are the sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes webinar and resource sheet
Sports nutrition basics for young athletes. Teaching how to build good eating habits for success and performance and determining how much is enough and paying attention to the body's hunger cues.

DIG IN! Standards-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum from the Ground Up (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/dig-standards-based-nutrition-education-ground
Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Dig In! includes a teacher’s lesson and garden guide, parent newsletters, posters.

Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
www.opi.mt.gov/eatsmartmtcurriculum
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

National Farm to School Network Resources:   http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Montana Farm to School Resources:   www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/
Check out these websites for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to school program and/or teach children about agriculture and how food is grown.

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthier-middle-schools-everyone-can-help
This resource contains a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. This kit includes an audience-tested video and a print handout for teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students to engage a coordinated effort in creating a healthier school environment.

Resource Library for Educators from USDA:
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nutrition-education/nutrition-education-resources-middle-and-high-school
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in teaching children about food, nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition-popular-events-idea-booklet
Are you looking for fun ways to promote nutrition and physical activity at your elementary or middle school? Use this events idea booklet to get started! This free events booklet has a variety of events, handouts and ideas.

The Great Garden Detective (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/great-garden-detective
Students will discover what fruits and vegetables are the sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Nutrition Education: Resources for Middle and High School
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nutrition-education/nutrition-education-resources-middle-and-high-school

Supertracker Program High School Levels
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/tools-supertracker
SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.

Nourish Curriculum
http://www.nourishlife.org/teach/curriculum/
The Nourish Curriculum Guide offers a rich set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. Beautifully designed and brimming with big ideas, the materials contain a viewing guide, seven learning activities, student handouts, a bibliography, and a glossary. It may be used in social studies, science, health, or English classes. Activity themes include The Story of Food; Seasonal, Local Food; Food Traditions; Food and Ecosystems; Analyzing Food Ads; School Lunch Survey; and Action Projects.

Kids Health in the Classroom
http://classroom.kidshealth.org/
This website has curriculum materials, categorized by grades, covering many areas of health

MyPlate Kids Place (USDA)
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/ParentsEducators.html
MyPlate Kids' Place has resources that can help children make healthier choices. ChooseMyPlate.gov offers science-based advice to help kids and their parents build healthy meals and maintain or achieve a healthy weight. Parents and teachers are invited to use the MyPlate Kids' Place resources to deliver credible information and find “teachable moments” that will influence children’s choices at home and at school.

Let’s Move! Parent Page:
http://www.letsmove.gov/parents
Check out the resources and recommended action steps for motivating children to develop healthy eating habits.

Team Nutrition: Information for Parents
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/parents.html
Team Nutrition, the nutrition education arm of the school meals program, recognizes the importance role parents play in helping children develop healthy lifestyles. This website links you to a wide variety of Team Nutrition materials and information.

Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet
http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition-popular-events-idea-booklet
Are you looking for fun ways to promote nutrition and physical activity at your elementary or middle school? Use this events idea booklet to get started! This free events booklet has ideas for 20 fun events, small and large, with handouts and tools to make it a success.

Action for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/
Action for Healthy Kids is the only nonprofit organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. At this website you will find many resources including an entire section dedicated to school wellness policies (Wellness Policy Tool).

Eat Right Montana Coalition
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/
Utilize the simple and delicious recipes, nutrition and physical activity information for helping your family eat right and live an active lifestyle.

We Can!
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

National Eatings Disorders Association: Parent Information
http://www.edap.org/
This website has an abundance of accurate information on eating disorders. Under the “Resources” link, there is a section called “Resources for Parents and Family Members”.

School Meals
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/
This is the main website for all USDA school meals programs.

Team Nutrition
http://www.teamnutrition.usda.gov
Team Nutrition is an 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 and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet
http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition-popular-events-idea-booklet
Are you looking for fun ways to promote nutrition and physical activity at your elementary or middle school? Use this events idea booklet to get started! This free events booklet has ideas for 20 fun events, small and large, with handouts and tools to make it a success.

Institute of Child Nutrition
http://www.nfsmi.org/
This site has numerous training resources available to managers and food service assistants on topics from food safety, portion control, menu planning and food preparation.

Healthy Meals Resource System
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/
At this site is a wide array of information for individuals working within school-based child nutrition programs.

Farm to School  Resources 
USDA  - http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school
Vermont FEED - http://www.vtfeed.org/

HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms
Here you will find criteria, instructions and the application packet for the HealthierUS School Challenge Program. This program was put in place to encourage schools to achieve excellence relative to healthy school meals and an environment that supports active living.

Food Safety School Action Guide
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/foodsafety/actionguide.htm
Brought to you by CDC and its partners in the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools, the Action Guide can help schools identify gaps in food safety and develop an action plan for becoming food-safe.

Montana School Nutrition Association
http://www.mtsna.org/
This is the professional organization for school nutrition professionals and the Montana affiliate of the School Nutrition Association/

Montana Nutrition Education for Youth and Families Programs Directory

Montana State University Extension Service, Nutrition and Nutrition Education Programs
Food and Nutrition: http://www.msuextension.org/nutrition/
Local counties agents are available to conduct a regional Nutrition Education for Teachers Class (graduate level college class or for OPI credit), please contact Katie Bark, RD at Montana Team Nutrition Program for more information on this service. Katie can be reached at (406) 994-5641 or by e-mail at kbark@mt.gov

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom:
http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/

Access this site for standards-based curriculum resources to teach students about agriculture.  Contact Lori Brenneman, Agricultural Literacy Specialist at (406) 437-1906 or by e-mail at lbrenneman@mt.gov

Farm to School Program Chapters:
National Farm to School: http://www.farmtoschool.org
Gallatin County Farm to School: http://gvfarmtoschool.org
Flathead County Farm to School: http://nourishtheflathead.org/farm-to-school/

Eat Right Montana Coalition
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/

Montana Action for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/in-your-state/

Parents for Healthy Kids: Action for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/what-we-do/parents-for-healthy-kids

Montana Partnership to End Childhood Hungerhttp://www.montanapartnershiptoendchildhoodhunger.org/

Montana Food Security Council
http://mfbn.org/learn/public-policy/food-security-council

 

HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Award

Healthy School DayHas your school worked hard to create a healthy school environment or would you like to create a healthier school? If so, please consider applying for a HUSSC:SL Award! Be a Healthy School Champion! Montana Team Nutrition offers assistance with the application process, from start to finish.

Contact Montana Team Nutrition:
Katie Bark, 406.994.5641
Molly Stenberg, 406.994.7217
or a regional school wellness coach:
Virginia Mermel, School Wellness Coach, Billings area, 406.661.2642
Christy Ewing, School Wellness Coach, Kalispell area, 406.270.5510
Jeanne Seifert, School Wellness Coach, Glendive area, 406.939.1418

 

The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is a national award program that recognizes schools which excel in these key areas:  

  • provide nutritious food and beverages throughout the school day,
  • teach kids about eating well and being physically active,
  • provide kids amble opportunities to be physically active, and
  • have implemented strong school wellness policies.

HUSSC: SL Award general information brochure

Why apply?

  • Earn money for your school!  Award money is earned at four award levels.   
    • Bronze level - $500
    • Silver level- $1000
    • Gold level- $1500
    • Gold with Distinction $2000
  • Be recognized nationally and in Montana for your commitment to creating a healthy school.
  • Healthy students learn more and behave better!  It’s a win – win!
Want to learn more? Contact Montana Team Nutrition- or call 406.994.5641

Award Recipients - Congratulations to Montana’s Healthier Montana Menu Challenge Award-Winning Schools!

Award Winners
Since 2006, 100 Montana schools have received this prestigious award. Congratulations to these healthy Montana schools!

A state-level, school menu specific healthy school award program, the Healthier Montana Menu Challenge, existed from 2008 – 2014. Within that time frame, fourteen Montana school districts received this award.

Want to learn more? Contact Montana Team Nutrition- or call 406.994.5641

 

Trainers and Training Networks

Regional School Wellness Coaches

These regional coaches will be available to assist schools in implementing wellness programs by helping them receive a healthy schools award, creating a Smarter Lunchroom, enhancing healthy menu planning, nutrition education, or physical activity efforts. They can also assist early childhood programs with menu planning and food service management issues such as developing or accessing standardized recipes.

School Food Service Peer Educator Network

The School Food Service Peer Consultant Network provides consultation services on a wide variety of food service management topics. Experienced school nutrition personnel offer free training, mentoring and technical assistance to other school nutrition staff in their region.
For a listing of the current mentors available around the state, check out our Peer Consultant Directory.

If you are interested in receiving assistance from a food service peer mentor, please contact us by phone 406.994.5641 or E-mail.

Montana Chefs to School Network

The purpose of the Montana Chefs to Schools Network is to connect chefs to schools to assist with culinary education and training for school nutrition personnel or nutrition education for students. Experienced chefs can assist with training, mentoring and technical assistance to school staff or students in their region.

For a listing of the current chefs available around the state, check out our Montana Chefs to Schools Directory.

Team NutritionTeam Nutrition Resources