In 1995, the USDA established Team Nutrition, a nationwide integrated program designed to help implement the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children.
The Healthy Meals Resource System (HMRS) is the training and technical assistance component of Team Nutrition. HMRS is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and is maintained at the National Agricultural Library's Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) in collaboration with the University of Maryland. For more information, view the Help section or contact us.
- Provide access to resources and training materials for Child Nutrition personnel in a timely manner
- Facilitate dissemination of pertinent information
- Serve as a conduit for industry and professional groups working in Child Nutrition Programs
- Aid in the collection and sharing of State resources
- Evaluate nutrient analysis software developed by private software companies for State Agencies to use for Administrative Reviews
HMRS Web Site and Databases
The HMRS Web site includes the Education and Training Materials Database, a searchable collection of training materials for school nutrition personnel; several online discussion groups for specific target audiences; Nutrition Education, and government initiatives such as the HealthierUS School Challenge and Let's Move. Special categories of interest to school food service personnel provide added resources of mutual benefit. These include industry partnerships with USDA that provide for cooperative efforts and information about nutrient analysis software approved by USDA for Administrative Reviews.
Training and Technical Assistance Component
The Healthy Meals Resource System, as USDA's Training and Technical Assistance Component, assists state and local school food service and child care programs in meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. By using this Resource System, child care providers and school nutrition personnel can easily locate appropriate and useful training materials.