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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards for School Food Authorities

As part of a cooperative agreement to develop and implement the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative, Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is offering Recognition Awards to celebrate School Food Authorities (SFA) that have made significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their school meals. The Recognition Awards will spotlight innovative practices, student and community engagement activities, and strategies schools have used to provide meals that are consistent with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The Recognition Awards categories and criteria, application portal, and helpful resources to complete the application are available at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2025. Applicants will be notified of their results within two months of submission.

Eligibility Criteria

SFAs must participate in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

SFAs may apply for any of the awards at any point during the application period, but may only receive each award once. SFAs who meet the Recognition Award criteria will receive national and local recognition, as well as an awardee toolkit that includes digital assets, and travel stipends to attend a national Healthy Meals Summit. FNS and AFHK will highlight and share diverse best practices nationwide from Recognition Awardees through traditional and social media, stakeholder engagement, training and technical assistance activities, and Healthy Meals Summits.

Informational Webinar

On September 21, 2023, AFHK will host an informational webinar about the Recognition Awards, from 3:00 – 4:00pm EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the Recognition Awards including information about eligibility, the application process, technical assistance, and more. Register for the webinar here.


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