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HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

Completion of HUSSC Award Program

As part of USDA’s commitment to ensure that all our programs are delivered efficiently and effectively, and to avoid duplicating the efforts of the private sector, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service will no longer be accepting applications for the HealthierUS School Challenge (formally known as the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms or HUSSC: SL) Award Program, effective July 1, 2018.

USDA recognizes the value the award program has had to our stakeholders and is committed to maintaining the program through the end of the 2017-2018 school year (June 30, 2018). USDA will continue to work with schools during this phase-out period and provide support as they close-out the application process. Any applications submitted to State agencies by June 30, 2018 will be reviewed for approval. The USDA National Office will announce the final set of awards by December 31, 2018.

USDA hosted a webinar, Completion of the HealthierUS School Challenge Award Program, on March 13, 2018, which is available here:  https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/completion-healthierus-school-challenge-award-program

If you are interested in applying for a HUSSC award, please contact your local ESC as soon as possible for technical assistance and for timely submission.

What is HUSSC?

HUSSC: SL, recognizes outstanding achievement in serving healthy meals, creating a healthy school environment, providing nutrition education and including more physical activity in a student’s routine. Texas is leading the way nationwide with more than 1,000 schools having earned the prestigious awards.

HUSSC: SL is a voluntary program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that demands a school-wide commitment to going above and beyond what is required for basic school health and wellness. Texas school districts have been ahead of the nutrition curve for several years and that has paved the way for schools to get this national recognition. The Texas Department of Agriculture provides the support and guidance Texas schools need to lead the way to a healthier future for our great state.

Please submit applications to your regional education service center (ESC).

Click one of these links for more information or to apply:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

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