The Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards application portal is now open.
June 30, 2023 – Recognition Awards application opens
June 30, 2025 – Recognition Awards application closes
For questions or support, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis over the two-year application period.
Recognition Award Categories
SFAs are eligible to apply for the Recognition Awards if they participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) in the contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the United States Virgin Islands.
Small and/or Rural SFA Breakfast Trailblazer
Small and/or Rural SFA Lunch Trailblazer
Small changes in your menu can shake up big flavors and get you to your target. The Small and/or Rural Lunch Trailblazer improves the nutritional quality of their school lunch menus meeting at least four (4) specific criteria. Download Award Criteria
Innovative School Lunch Makeover
Innovation in the Cultural Diversity of School Meals
Innovation in the Preparation of School Meals
Innovation in the Preparation of School Meals entails the implementation of meal service of at least three (3) new menu items (entrées or sides) prepared from scratch using a local agricultural product or USDA food. Download Award Criteria
Innovation in Nutrition Education
Innovation in Nutrition Education involves the implementation of nutrition education activities that make classroom, cafeteria, community, and home connections for students and parents/guardians. Download Award Criteria
Recognition Award Resources
Download Recognition Awards Criteria
HMI Letter of Support- State Agency
Download Recognition Awards FAQs
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