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USDA Awards Healthy Meals Incentives Grants Nationwide with 18 Texas Districts Receiving up to $150,000

Published: 34 days ago
" 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) ais awarding nearly $30 million in grants to 264 SFAs across 44 states and the District of Columbia, reaching students in some of our nation’s highest need schools. These funds are being provided by USDA FNS. In Texas, 18 small and/or rural school food authorities (SFAs) will receive up to $150,000 in grant funds. 
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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 awarding nearly $30 million in grants to 264 SFAs across 44 states and the District of Columbia, reaching students in some of our nation’s highest need schools. These funds are being provided by USDA FNS. In Texas, 18 small and/or rural school food authorities (SFAs) will receive up to $150,000 in grant funds. 

Each small and/or rural SFA will use the funds to support them in improving the nutritional quality of their meals and modernizing their operations, through efforts which could include: 
  • Innovative staff training programs; 
  • Kitchen updates and renovations;  
  • Redesigning food preparation and service spaces; 
  • Other school-district led efforts to support school meals and school nutrition professionals.  

The following Texas school districts and charter organizations received Healthy Meals Incentives Grants.

Aquilla Independent School District - $150,000
Austin Achieve Public Schools - $150,000
Beta Academy, Houston - $114,348
Coleman Independent School District - $70,000
Collinsville Independent School District - $150,000
Florence Independent School District - $90,200
Hawley Independent School District - $150,000
Italy Independent School District - $112,600
Miles Independent School District - $149,999
Millsap Independent School District - $149,991
Plainview Independent School District - $149,790
Port Aransas Independent School District - $97,867
Riviera Independent School District - $63,303
Santa Anna Independent School District - $40,161
Sinton Independent School District - $125,520
Terrell County Independent School District - $118,269
Waxahachie Faith Family Academy - $150,000
Winnsboro Independent School District - $16,000
For more information and a map showing all grantees, click here

After using grant funds to make improvements to school meals, grant recipients are required to apply for one or more of the HMI Recognition Awards to demonstrate to their students and community that nutritious school meals are critically important to support child health and school achievement. The Recognition Awards application portal and helpful resources to complete the application are available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2025. 

School nutrition leaders can attend this informational webinar on September 21, 2023, from 2-3 pm – Register here!

SFAs that meet Recognition Award criteria will receive benefits such as national and local recognition; an awardee toolkit that includes digital assets; travel stipends to attend a national Healthy Meals Summit; access to diverse best practices, training activities; and more.

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