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Training Grants - 2004 TN Grants

Last Published: 11/21/2013

Training Grants

2004 TN Grants

Arizona Connecticut Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Louisiana Maine
Michigan Montana Nebraska
New Jersey New York North Dakota
Ohio Pennsylvania Vermont
Washington West Virginia Wisconsin


The AZ TNT Grant will pilot and evaluate a model healthy school nutrition environment policy in four secondary schools, including two open campus high schools, in collaborating with the Action for Healthy Kids Arizona Sate Team state coalition. Mini grants will be provided to each school. During the grant period, schools will collect financial data prior to adopt effective vending machine policies, receive on-site technical assistance by the project coordinator and be subject to a post evaluation which will include a nutrient analysis of all school food items, a financial analysis of sales, labor and food costs.

For more information contact:

Holly Mohr, Grant Coordinator
Department of Education |
1535 West Jefferson Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-8704
Fax: (602) 542-1531



The goal of CT's 2004 TNT Grant is to provide a technical assistance support system to enable child nutrition foodservice professionals in schools and childcare programs to plan, prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children.  Regional trainings - multiple sessions of 12-hour course for school foodservice personnel and 3-hour workshop for childcare staff/foodservice personnel - will be provided. The focus of the school foodservice training is increasing fruits and vegetables in schools meals; the training focus for childcare staff is planning healthy meals for children. On site technical assistance will also be provided to school staff and sponsors of child care programs.

For more information contact:

Susan Fiore, MS, RD 
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health and Nutrition Services and Child/Family/School Partnerships
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 807-2075
FAX: (860) 807-2127



The ID State Department of Education will implement several projects that focus on promoting Healthier School Nutrition Environments (HSNE) for Idaho children. The projects will focus on: 1) developing and implementing HSNE model programs through mini grants; 2) conducting a statewide Best Practice Mentoring Program for school foodservice; 3) conducting statewide training with school food authorities; 4) collaborating with WIC and Extension to conduct statewide promotions using USDA's Power Panther; and 5) collaborating with Extension Nutrition Educators to offer nutrition classes in grades K-4 using TN and other resources.

For more information contact:

SeAnne Safaii
Department of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
Phone: (208) 332-6827
Fax: (208) 332-6833



IL's Team Nutrition Training Grant contains two projects that seek to build support for school nutrition environments that promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle for IL children.  The Policy Development Project will help ensure that all foods and beverages sold in IL schools outside of the federally regulated child nutrition programs contribute to a healthy diet. The Web-Based Training Project will provide needed training to preK-5 educators on existing TN curricula-Food & Me, Food Time, and Food Works.

For more information contact:

Joan Love
Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First St.
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
Phone: (217) 782-2491
Fax: (217) 524-6124



The Indiana Department of Education will use the 2004 Team Nutrition Training Grant funding to provide mini grants to elementary schools. As a school wide project, classroom teachers will conduct classroom learning activities to study different fruits and vegetables. For each fruit/vegetable studied, that same fruit/vegetable will be served as part of the school lunch with a promotion and education activity conducted in the cafeteria the same week. School foodservice staff will become familiar with the USDA newly published "Fruits and Vegetables Galore". Teachers will become familiar with the availability of variety Team Nutrition materials that can be used in teaching nutrition in the classrooms

For more information contact:

Suzette Hartmann
IN Department of Education Room 229,
State House Indianapolis, IN  46204
Phone: (317) 232-0868
Fax: (317) 232-0855



IA Team Nutrition Training Grant will build on lessons learned from previous TN Grants and implement new initiatives while continuing to enhance previous initiatives as it works with schools, child care and summer food service programs. Project components include: school and early childhood teams will assess current policy and develop action plans using the Changing the Scene Kit and Iowa's Setting the Stage Kit;  a means of communicating and sharing TN Success will be facilitated through electronic newsletters, website, workshops as well as mentoring programs;  education and training will be provided to encourage the use of Team Nutrition materials with a focus on the Team Nutrition Curriculum ; and mini grants will be provided to local schools, child care facilities, and summer program sponsors  to support local TN action plans. The Department of Education will work closely with the Iowa Partners for Healthy Kids to implement the Team Nutrition Grant.  

For more information contact:

Julia Thorius/ Janet Wendland
Department of Education
400 East 14th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Phone: (515) 281-5356
Fax: (515) 281-6548



The Kansas State Department of Education's TN Grant will expand current efforts to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables and physical activity among Kansas' children and youth through programs incorporating Power Panther and his Eat Smart, Play Hard message. The grant will enable continuation of Power Panther Pals, a program for 4th through 6th graders and will develop Power Panther Preschool. In addition, training and technical assistance will be provided to school nutrition professionals to encourage and enable them to increase students' consumption of fruits and vegetables in the school cafeteria. This proposal uses all six TN communication channels: cafeteria, classroom, school, home, community and media.

For more information contact:

Joyce Kemnitz
Department of Education
120 SE 10th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
Phone: (785) 286-2276
Fax: (785) 296-0232


LA's Office of School and Community Support, within the Department of Education, will collaborate with Title I Parental and Family Involvement (PFI) Program to promote consistent Team Nutrition messages to parents and students.  Family Nutrition Night activities that focus on nutrition-related math, science, and health activities linked to academic achievement goals will be developed and promoted through workshops, compressed video conferencing and mini grants.  The grant activities will enhance initiatives promoted by the LA Action for Healthy Kids Coalition.  The 2004 grant activities will assist the Department of Education to collaborate with other agencies, universities and organizations to promote healthful eating and physical activities among youth.

For more information contact:

Alice Carroll
Department of Education
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
Phone: (225) 342-9442
Fax: (225) 219-1691



The Maine Team Nutrition Training Grant funds will be used to provide expanded training and technical assistance for Child Nutrition foodservice professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to students and are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. ME's Nutrition Network's Maine-ly Nutrition Project will enroll up to 250 elementary and middle school teachers to support classroom nutrition education and physical activity. Ongoing follow-up training and technical assistance will be provided for at least 50 school districts that have been trained to use the USDA's Changing the Scene Tool Kit and have developed work plans to implement it.

For more information contact:

Mary Moody
Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Phone: (207) 624-6876
Fax: (207) 624-6841



MI's Team Nutrition project aims to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits. This is to be accomplished by 1) providing training and technical assistance to school decision-makers about existing and new TN materials and best practices for promoting and sustaining opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity at school; 2) offering Changing the Scene Healthy School Environment mini grants to 35 schools; and 3) promoting nutrition curriculum and education in schools through continuing support to integrate nutrition education and physical activity promotion into English/Language Arts instruction; and by revising, updating and providing web access to nutrition education resources developed by Michigan through past Michigan's TNT grants.

For more information contact:

Julianne Stark
Department of Education
608 W. Allegan
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 373-2374
Fax: (517) 373-4022



MT's Team Nutrition Training Grant funds will be used to: (1) pilot a high school foodservice program that encourages participation of high school students in school meal programs and  helps teens to select and enjoy balanced meals; (2) enhance statewide training efforts to personnel in American Indian schools on the preparation of healthful , culturally sensitive school menus through cooking schools; (3) improve access to Team Nutrition resources by school and child care staff; develop and distribute MT's Childcare Menu Cycle and Recipe Book; (4) conduct a statewide assessment to determine the recent changes in school policies and practices that support healthy school nutrition environment; identify "model schools" that promote healthy eating and physical activity; and enable the MT Action for Healthy Kids team to assist local nutrition coalitions and taskforces with facilitating healthy changes in their own communities.

For more information contact:

Katie Bark, RD 
Montana Team Nutrition Program
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173360  
Bozeman, MT 59717-3360 
Phone: (406) 994-5641
Fax: (406) 994-7300



The Nebraska Department of Education, Nutrition Services and their partners plan to establish an accessible and sustainable statewide training system for school foodservice managers and workers. The program will build upon the current School Nutrition Management (Training) Program offered by Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Training modules will be updated, placed on-line and continuing education sessions will be delivered by videoconferencing and full two-way interactive distance learning systems.

For more information contact:

Bev Benes
Department of Education 
301 Centennial Mall
South Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-4620
Fax: (402) 471-4407


New Jersey

NJ's Team Nutrition Training (TNT) Grant includes following projects: school foodservice managers will be trained to incorporate more milk or other calcium rich products and more fruits and vegetables into their operations, in both meals and a la carte offering; school district superintendents will be educated and provided with the tools for developing local school nutrition policies that will address the nutrition and physical activity programs within their school districts; local pilot schools will be funded to promote and expose children to more fruits and vegetables, providing tasting opportunities and exposure in their school meal programs to different types of fruits and vegetables; and parents will be educated along with their children for provision of a nutrition and physical activity learning programs in the after school-hour programs. Grant projects also correspond to NJ's State Nutrition Action Plan as well as to the action plan developed by NJ's Action for Healthy Kids.

For more information contact:

Janet Renk
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 334
Trenton, NJ 08625-0334
Phone: (609) 984-0692
Fax: (609) 984-0878


New York

NY's TNT Grant will promote nutrition and physical activity in after-school programs participating in the NY State Child and Adult Care Food Program's At-Risk Snack/Supper Program. Through a competitive process, up to 12 organizations will be granted TN Training sub-awards to implement the TN curriculum, The Power of Choice and Fruits and Vegetables Galore. Training and supporting materials will be provided to assist in the implementation of these activities. Sub-award recipients will promote healthy eating and physical activity through nutrition education activities aimed at improving the choices children make, and by making it easier for children to make healthy choices via healthier menus and increased physical activity opportunities.


For more information contact:

Lynne Oudekerk
Health Research, Inc./NYSDOH
1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144-3424
Phone: (518) 402-7400
Fax: (518) 402-7252


North Dakota

ND's TN Grant Proposal has two goals. The first goal is to increase the number of Healthy School Nutrition Environment (HSNE) partners ensuring that HSNE messages are promoted through multiple communication channels while obtaining school and community support for a HSNE. The second goal is to train school nutrition and childcare personnel how to successfully incorporate fruits and vegetables in menu and a la carte offerings while providing nutrition education and increasing the acceptance of fruits and vegetables by students and young children. Various local mini-grants will be made available to schools, child care centers and day care home sponsoring organizations.


For more information contact:

Loris Freier
Department of Public Instruction
600 East Blvd Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
Phone: (701) 328-2294
Fax: (701) 328-2461



The OH's TNT Grant will focus on promoting 5-9 servings A Day fruits and vegetables consumption in elementary schools, center based child care programs for age under six; and sponsoring organizations of the family child care program participating in the CACFP. A 5-9 servings A Day Activity Workbook will be assembled as well as 305 mini grants will be provided to elementary schools and child care agencies to purchase resources and conduct Fruit/Vegetable Galore regional workshops. Emphasis will also be placed on developing a tool to document the program's success.


For more information contact:

Robin Ziegler
Department of Education
25 South Front Street Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-2945
Fax: (614) 752-7613



PA's TNT Grant will create demonstration projects to provide models to encourage children to select healthy food in Pennsylvania schools. Competitive mini grants will be provided to 15 demonstration schools to implement environmental strategies that promote healthier food options by altering pricing and access. The use of USDA and Pennsylvania-developed materials will be encouraged to support the implementation process. Success of the strategies will be determined through a structured evaluation component that will examine revenue, school meals participation, and purchase of healthier food options. Video and print materials will be compiled into an educational kit that will be shared with schools throughout the state through a series of regional workshops to promote healthy eating.


For more information contact:

Vonda Fekete
Department of Education
333 Market St., 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: (717) 783-6557
Fax: (717) 783-6566



VT's TN proposal has two components: 1) At Risk Schools Initiative – this initiative targets 14 school districts that have Youth Risk Behavior Survey results that exceed the statewide average for at least 5 nutrition/physical activity indicators. Activities include offer technical assistance to school districts, provide grants and form a network to support these schools in making change while sharing successful strategies; 2) Nutrition Education Initiative – this initiative has four projects designed to provide nutrition education to children and the adults who care for and teach them. The four projects include a train-the-trainer project, "Cooking for Life" classes, promotion of fruits and vegetables through the publication of six newsletters for school foodservice staff and childcare center foodservice staff and a fruit and vegetables promotion for elementary and middle schools that will incorporate Fruits and Vegetables Galore materials.


For more information contact:

Josephine Busha
Department of Education
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620
Phone: (802) 828-5154
Fax: (802) 828-0573



The Team Nutrition Training Grant will allow WA to create a model program in which they will evaluate nutrition and physical activity materials to determine if these materials prepare students to pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) tests. Teachers will be trained to use the WASL-aligned materials and, by using math, science, reading, and critical-thinking skills, students will learn to make healthful food choices and understand the role that physical activity plays in long-term health. Students will work with school foodservice personnel to incorporate recipes and, plan menus, based on classroom activities, into the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Families will reinforce concepts students learn in school at home. Children will learn good habits related to nutrition and physical health during the summer months by participating in Summer Cooking Camps.


For more information contact:

Bette T. Brandis, RD
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
600 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Phone: (360) 725-6200
Fax: (360) 664-9397


West Virginia

WV's TNT Grant will provide mini grants for implementation of a project called Leading the Change. Schools will (1) develop an action plan, (2) conduct activities that address the six components of a healthy school nutrition environment, (3) complete behavior-based actions in each component, (4) develop nutrition policy and/or form or strengthen an active school nutrition or health council, (5) conduct outreach efforts, and (6) share successes via presentations or training to other schools and local education groups. Successful completion of at least one state-led TN initiative will be prerequisite for schools applying for mini grants.


For more information contact:

Kathy Talley
Office of Child Nutrition
State Department of Education
Building 6 Room 248
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Phone: 304-558-2709
Fax: 304-558-1149



The WI Team Nutrition (TN) Project has two major goals to advance the promotion of healthy eating behaviors from early childhood through high school: 1) provide intense technical assistance and training to 30 schools/districts to help them assertively promote healthy student eating behaviors and 2) provide hands-on nutrition education and promotion of healthy eating and physical activity in childcare sites through a unique Childcare Garden Project. Technical assistance and training will include the promotion of School Breakfast Programs, teachers' training on nutrition education and curriculum, incorporation of interactive homework into nutrition and health assignments, and lessons learned in previous TN project.

For more information contact:

Jane Grinde
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster St.
Madison, WI 53702
Phone: (608) 266-9356
Fax: (608) 267-0363