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Team Up for School Nutrition Success

This unique learning experience serves to enhance a school’s food service operation by providing peer-based technical assistance to School Nutrition Program food service directors (FSD).

What is the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative?

Team Up for School Nutrition Success (Team Up) is a new training initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN). This training model connects seasoned and successful FSDs with FSDs who are new or interested in improving their program operations.


The USDA and ICN conducted a pilot Team Up workshop in San Diego for the Western Region in June 2015. A total of 28 California FSDs participated. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) committed to conducting more of these workshops in California. In fall 2016, the CDE NSD hosted two Team Up workshops, one in Sacramento and one in Ontario. Each workshop consisted of 15 mentors and 45 mentees.

Training Format

These one-day workshops consist of panel presentations and peer-to-peer mentorship to assist FSDs in developing goals and action plans to enhance their school food service operation. FSDs will learn from each other while addressing their individual resource and training needs. The workshop format includes one mentor working with three participants (3:1 ratio) to provide effective peer-to-peer mentoring on a variety of topic areas. The topics for the 2016 workshops are increasing participation and farm-to-school.

Up Coming Trainings

Training Schedule
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Natomas Unified School District
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Pomona Unified School District

Training Registration Instructions

To register for a workshop, please use the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Training Registration External link opens in new window or tab. Web page. Instructions for registration can be found on the CDE CNIPS Training Registration Web page.

For assistance with online registration or if you are unable to attend and require a cancellation, please contact the CNIPS Help Desk weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by phone at 800-952-5609, Option 6, or by e-mail at If possible, please provide your registration confirmation number when cancelling your registration.


ICN Team Up for School Nutrition Success Web Page External link opens in new window or tab.
The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) Web site includes ICN-developed materials, presentations, and resources regarding the Team Up initiative.

USDA Policy Memo External link opens in new window or tab.
This memorandum provides important information regarding the Team Up pilot that was launched in November 2014.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Team Up initiative, or are interested in participating in future Team Up workshops, please contact Julie BoarerPitchford by phone at (916) 322-1563 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Julie BoarerPitchford | | 916-322-1563
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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