Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has kicked off National Nutrition Month by announcing the availability of Team Nutrition Training Grants for Healthy Meals to states to help children develop healthy eating and physical activity habits for healthier lifestyles. In making the announcement, Vilsack said these grants provide states important new resources, technical assistance and flexibility to help schools and daycare settings raise the bar for our kids so that they can reach their full potential.
USDA will be investing $5.5 million in grants with approximately $2.5 million set aside to provide non-competitive grants to each State agency that commits to specific strategies to increase the number of HealthierUS School Challenge applications submitted for approval. According to the Secretary, up to $350,000 may be requested to include both competitive and non-competitive grants.
Team Nutrition is a key component in USDA's efforts to improve the nutrition, health and well being of children. This funding provides training and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals to help them prepare and serve nutritious and appealing meals, provide fun and interactive nutrition education for children, teachers, parents and caregivers in childcare settings and build school and community support for creating healthy school environments.