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Team Nutrition – School Meals Program

Join TN Team

Becoming a Team Nutrition School will help you focus attention on the important role nutritious school meals, nutrition education and a health-promoting school environment play in helping students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity. It will provide the framework for team efforts by school nutrition staff, teachers, parents, the media and other community members.

Enroll your school as a Team Nutrition school!

To enroll as a Team Nutrition school, first check to make sure that your school is not already a Team Nutrition School. Use the USDA School Database Search.

Tips for searching:
It is not necessary to put in all the information requested for the search. Try these helpful hints when searching for your school. If your school does not come up move to the next tip.

  • Try entering only your schools zip code first
  • Try entering only your city and state
  • Try entering only your schools USD number in the School District/County section
  • Try entering only your schools name in the School Name section

A school can enroll as a Team Nutrition school at any time!
There are three ways to submit your School Enrollment Form.  

  • Print the completed form and fax it to 703-305-2549
  • Print the completed form, scan and email it to
  • Print the completed form and mail it to:

Team Nutrition
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 632
Alexandria, VA 22302

If your school is already enrolled, contact the TN Leader listed to see how you can help implement Team Nutrition programs and projects in your building.

Assistance Needed Contact Nebraska Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition Enrollment Form

Team Nutrition Schools

Healthier US School Challenge

Healthier US School Challenge – Smarter Lunchroom

Healthier US School Challenge Smarter Lunch Room

The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments  through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating HUSSC: SL into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC:SL award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.
To date, HUSSC: SL awards have been given to schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of May 19, 2015, there are 7,018 schools certified (4,743 Bronze, 1,314 Silver, 596 Gold, and 365 Gold Awards of Distinction).  Click here to view Nebraska HUSSC winners. 

SFSP Claims Training Video (October 14, 2014)

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DCH Application Packet Training Video

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Supplementary Training Modules

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Description of Video




No. 1SFSP Program Overview
No. 2Sponsor Requirements
Requirements Handouts (13 Pages)

No. 3

How to Apply


Nutrition Services Computer Access Application & Agreement

No 4

Open Sites and Migrant Sites



No 5

Enrolled Sites and Camp Sites



No 6

Income Eligibility Forms


IEF Handouts (4 pages)

Food Service

No 7

SFSP Meal Pattern Requirements


Meal Pattern Handouts (4 pages)

No 8

SFSP Production Records


Production Record Handouts (7 pages)

No 9

Counting Grains and Breads


Grain Bread Handouts (3 pages)

No 10

Offer versus Serve



No 11

Sharing Table & Taking Non-perishables off-site



No 12

Field Trip Requests


Field Trip Handouts (4 pages)

No 13

Counting Meals


Counting Handouts

No 14

Contracting Requirements


Vendor Agreement Handout

No 15



Food Buying Guide
FBG Short Form Handout

Financial Management

No 16

Reimbursement & Instructions for Preparing Claims


Reimbursement Handouts (2 pages)

No 17

How to Submit a Claim for Reimbursement


Camp Form
Step by Step Instructions– How to complete claim (1 page)

No 18

Issues of Noncompliance



No 19

Resources for Outreach



No 20Excessive Heat/Non-congregate Feeding


Non-congregate Meal Election Form (1 page)
Civil Rights
 Civil Rights Training



Nebraska Farm to Preschool Toolkit


Getting Started

Where To Buy Local


What’s In Season


Produce Pick Spotlight Summer 2017 – Carrots



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In season locally: June through October.

Health benefits of carrots: Carrots are a root vegetable rich in antioxidants (cancer prevention), fiber and beta carotene.  They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B8.  Carrots are a good source of pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.  They are low in calories and high in fiber (good for digestive health). 

Nutrient    Health Benefit
FiberPromotes digestive health
Beta Carotene /Vitamin AVision health
Vitamin CStrengthens immune system
Vitamin K   Bone and heart heath
B8 Cognitive function, blood pressure, metabolism,
Folate Skin health, cell development, cancer prevention
Potassium  Anxiety/stress relief, health heart & blood pressure 
Iron    Hemoglobin formation, oxygen carrier, muscle function
Copper    Aids metabolic process for a healthy existence

 You can find carrots at local farmers markets nearly all summer in Nebraska. Find local farmers who grow carrots on a great website called Agrilicious:



Produce Pick Spotlight Recipes and Serving Ideas

Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots


Carrot Fries





Perfectly Cooked Carrots





Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps



Menu Planning With Local Foods as Sample Menus

Weekly Menus/Sample Menus
*RFHK = Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbook
*PPS = Produce Pick Spotlight recipe
*ISL = In Season Locally




Strawberries (ISL)


Scrambled Eggs

Black Beans





Whole Wheat Waffle
With peanut butter and bananas







Baked Tilapia
Broiled Asparagus (PPS, ISL)

Mix Greens Toss Salad w/Kale (ISL

Brown Rice


Chicken Alfredo (RFHK pg.25)

Perfectly Cooked Carrots

Mango chunks


Black Bean and Corn Tostada




Turkey Porcupine Sliders
(RFHJK, pg. 9)

Carrot Fries (PPS, ISL)

Apple Slices

Wheat Bun


Grilled Cheese on Whole Wheat

Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crips (PPS, ISL)




Rainbow Carrots (PSS, ISL) w/ Fresh Hummus Dip

Pretzel sticks


Mini Pizza –
whole wheat English Muffin w/ marinara and mozzarella cheese


Radishes (ISL) w/Ranch Dip and

Wheat Crackers


Orange smiles

Snap Peas


Whole Wheat Tortilla Roll-up w/  peanut butter and bananas



Recipe Resources


Featured Farmer

Pairieland Dairy

June is National Dairy Month. Our first Featured Farmer is Prairieland Dairy.  A locally owned dairy near Firth Nebraska. At the heart of the farm is family. The Obbink family started the farm in the 1920’s. In 1998 the Rice family joined the operation and finally in 2004, the Eickhoff and Goosen families joined the operation to create a different kind of dairy farm – one aimed at sustainability and remaining open and transparent about their practices.

Prairieland’s dedication to sustainability and creating the ideal conditions to produce the most perfect milk starts with the soil. Healthy dairy products can be traced back to the feed the cows eat and ultimately the soil that grows the feed. Fertile, living soil is full of earthworms and microscopic creatures called microbes and you can bet the Prairieland fields are filled with both.

Prairieland’s dedication to the soil begins with compost made from the farm’s waste. Rich, Prairieland Gold compost is spread on the fields to minimize the use of commercial fertilizer. The dairy operation also uses crop-rotation techniques to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Prairieland Dairy also understands the value of water and has adopted a process to recycle and re-use water at every stage of their farm operation. First, the water is used to cool the chilling system in the milking parlor. From there water is piped to the cow barn where it provides drinking water for the herd or feeds the spray misters that keep the cows cool during the hot Nebraska summers. Clean facilities are also important at Prairieland, so water from the chillers is also used to clean and sanitize the facilities. After the water is used for cleaning it is captured and pumped into the irrigation pond where is can be used to water crops and provide the moisture needed to make Prairieland Gold compost.




At Prairieland Dairy, the 1400 cows are part of the family. The farm operates 24/7 on a well-regulated milking schedule, with the herd being milked three times a day, seven days a week. Prairieland Dairy cows are closely monitored. Each cow wears an ankle bracelet that transmits specific information on the status of their health. This assures the cows receive the care they need to remain healthy while confirming only the best milk makes it to your table. In the midst of a hot Nebraska day, our cows are regularly misted with water to cool off and provided enough water to stay hydrated. After the cows are milked, they return to the Prairieland barns. Built strategically for sustainability, the barns provide shelter from the elements and are filled with sand beds for each cow to lounge. The beds allow the Prairieland Dairy herd to relax comfortably, as the sand forms to their heavy bodies and provides relief after each milking. The barns are also where the cows enjoy their meals, a feed made from plants grown in the Prairieland Dairy fields and a balance of nutrients to keep the herd healthy and produce the highest quality of milk.

Prairieland Dairy completes its full circle of sustainability by turning the farm’s organic waste into a rich compost called “Prairieland Gold.” The compost is cultivated from cow manure and food-waste from local communities, schools and sporting arenas. Prairieland Gold compost is used as a natural soil amendment to build your earthworm and microbe population in gardens, lawns and landscapes. (Source:

Prairieland Dairy is truly one of this country’s most prized dairy farms and a great farm to tour.





Check out Pairieland Dairy’s Website for more on their story, store finder, recipes, products, tours and much more!




Gardening & Educational Activities


Lesson Plans

Taste Test Activities



Other Resources

  • University of Nebraska Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources: UNL Foods:

Find a NAP SACC Trainer

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assesment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

NAP SACC Trainers in Nebraska

Contact the NAP SACC Trainer in your area for more information.

Local Health Departments and Non-Profit Organizations:

NameOrganizationE-mail AddressPhone #Area Covered
Emily HulseTeach a Kid to Fishemilyhulse1@gmamil.com402-570-4113Lincoln, NE
Arli BousteadLiveWell Omaha Kids/Alegentarli.boustead@alegent.org402-215-3721Douglas, Cass, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties
Kaise RecekEast Central District Health Departmentkcrecek@ecdhd.com402-563-9656Platte, Colfax, Nance and Boone Counties
Chris BlankeFour Corners Health, Polk, Seward and York Counties
Kori KingElkhorn Valley Public Health Departmentkori@elvphd.org402-529-2233Madison, Stanton, Burt and Cuming Counties

UNL Extension:


OrganizationE-mail AddressPhone #Area Covered
Donnia BehrendsUNL Extensiondbehrends2@unl.edu402-472-6528Lancaster County
Natalie SehiUNL Extensionnsehi2@unl.edu402-472-3781Lancaster County
Karen WobigUNL Extensionkwobig2@unl.edu402-441-7180Lancaster County
Carol SchwarzUNL Extensioncarol.shwarz@unl.edu308-236-1235Buffalo County
Joyce ReichUNL


Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha & Pawnee Counties
Kathy KneiflUNL


Platte, Boone, Nance & Colfax Counties
Carrie Schneider-MillerUNL Extensioncschneidermiller2@unl.edu402-444-7804Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Audra LoseyUNL Extensionalosey2@unl.edu402-444-7804Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Cindy BrisonUNL Extensioncbrison1@unl.edu402-444-7872Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Nancy UrbanecUNL Extensionnurbanec1@unl.edu402-444-7872Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Sandy PrestonUNL Extensionsandy.preston@unl.edu402-584-3830Dixon County
Destiny MostekUNL Extensiondestiny.mostek@unl.edu308-385-5088Hall County
Cami WellsUNL Extensioncami.wells@unl.edu308-385-5088Adams/Hall County
Sonya GlupUNL Extensionsglup2@unl.edu308-536-2691Boone, Nance & Greeley Counties
Kayla ColgroveUNL Extensionkayla.colgrove@unl.edu402-223-1384Gage, Saline & Jefferson Counties

CACFP Sponsor Organization Consultants:

Name OrganizationE-mail AddressPhone #Area Covered
Brooke AnkersenChild Nutrition Servicesbrookeank@live.com402-806-1738Beatrice, NE area
Kim BasslerMidwest Child Carekbassler@midwestchildcare.org402-659-3411Omaha, NE area
Mary Jo SwansonFamily Servicemswanson@familyservicelincoln.org402-463-8507Hastings, NE arda
Becky BurnsProvider’s Networkbburns@pnicacfp.com402-202-9879Lincoln, NE area
Andrea WrightHeartland Family Servicesawright@heartlandfamilyservice.org402-457-7769Omaha, NE area
Deb FloresPanhandle Family Child Caredflores@scottsbluffhousing.org308-631-7828Scottsbluff,
NE area
Lisa BensonProvider’s Networklbenson1980@yahoo.com402-276-8445Columbus, NE area

For Child Care Centers

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assesment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

Child Care Center NAP SACC Resources

NAP SACC Self-Assessments

For Home ProvidersFor Child Care Centers
Child NutritionChild Nutrition
Infant and Child Physical ActivityInfant and Child Physical Activity
Outdoor Play and LearningOutdoor Play and Learning
Breastfeeding and Infant FeedingBreastfeeding and Infant Feeding

NAP SACC Best Practices


Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)


Healthier CACFP Awarded to Southeast Community College Child Development Center

Congratulations to the Southeast Community College Child Development Center for being selected for a Healthier CACFP Award! This award, established by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Region, serves to recognize the outstanding efforts that are made by child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.


The Southeast Community College Child Development Center has chosen to place physical activity in the forefront of the program to teach children and their families about the importance of nutrition and wellness. This center offers each child at least 120 minutes of active indoor and outdoor play each day. Making physical activity a part of every child’s day demonstrates the center’s focus on the wellness of their students, as well as its commitment to the health of our nation’s children.

Therefore, the USDA Food and Nutriiton Service, Mountain Plains Region has presented the Honors Healthier CACFP Award to the Southeast Community College Child Development Center in recognition of their exceptional efforts to improve the physical activity for children in their care.

The Nebraska Healthy Childcare Recognition & Awards Ceremony

On September 13, 2013, Nebraska Team Nutrition and Teach a Kid to Fish held “The Nebraska Healthy Childcare Recognition & Awards Ceremony” to honor 35 childcare facilities across the state of Nebraska that have successfully completed the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Childcare (NAP SACC) program and have thus improved the nutrition and wellness policies at their childcare centers. The First Lady of Nebraska, Sally Ganem, was the Guest of Honor at this event and presented each facility with its own framed certificate of completion.

The following centers were awarded: Academic Advantage CCC (3 locations), Aspen CDC, Bryan Health, Cathedral Daycare (Grand Island), CDC ( 2 locations), CEDARS CDC (2 locations), Children’s Place, Christ Kids CCC, Dimensions Early Education Program, Educare of Lincoln, Kids First CCC, Grandma’s CCC (Crete), Jack & Jill Daycare Center (North Platte), Ladybug Crossing CCC (North Platte), Quality Kids CCC (Bellevue), Sugar & Spice CCC (Kearney), Kidtopia (Kearney), La Petite Academy Center (2 locations), Little Kingdom Children’s Center, Noah’s Ark Christian Daycare Center, Northeast Family Center, A Place to Grow Center, Rosemont Daycare Center, Southeast Community College CDC, St. Mark’s Preschool/KIDZONE, Trinity Infant & Childcare Center (2 locations),
UNL Children’s Center, Westminster Preschool, Wesley Center (Norfolk), and Young Voices CCC.

Bryan Health NAP SACC Team


The History of NAP SACC

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

The History of NAP SACC

NAP SACC was created in 2002 by a team of child obesity researchers at UNC Chapel Hill in association with colleagues in the Nutrition Services branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Conversations with early care and education providers, families, and experts in child health and education guided NAP SACC’s early development. The team brought these perspectives together with current research and national standards to develop a set of best practices—the most important actions child care programs could take to shape children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits.

In 2008, the Center for Excellence in Training and Research Translation recognized NAP SACC as an effective evidence-based program. They made NAP SACC training and program materials available free of charge on their website, thus bringing NAP SACC to a national audience.  NAP SACC has since been adopted across the US. In 2010, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity named NAP SACC as one of three innovative early childhood programs to help combat childhood obesity. The NAP SACC program has become a trusted, widely used tool for improving nutrition and physical activity in the child care setting.

Visit for more information about NAP SACC efforts on a National level!