Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms
HUSSC: SL is a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) that have created healthier school environments through promotion of smarter lunchrooms, nutrition education, and physical activity. Monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction after First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative adopted HUSSC under its' umbrella.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Fiscal Year 2014: Over 6,000 schools are currently certified and numerous trainings and resources developed to assist schools in meeting meal pattern requirements and promoting a healthy school environment. Fiscal Year 2015: Over 7,000 schools are currently certified and numerous trainings and resources developed to assist schools in meeting meal pattern requirements and promoting a healthy school environment. St. Tammany Parish Public Schools in Louisiana achieved 23 Gold Award of Distinction schools and a monetary incentive of $46,000.00. Los Angeles Unified School District in California achieved 368 Bronze schools. This district will receive $184,000 for their non-profit food service account on behalf of those schools. . Fiscal Year 2016: Many schools will be certified as promotions are geared to States/territories not represented, as well as, increasing activities that encourage schools awarded under Alliance for a Healthier Generations Healthy Schools Program to apply for HUSSC: SL.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA, P.L. 111-296).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
School decision makers, school food service staff, teachers, children, parents, other educators.
Yes, schools or SFAs are required to complete a HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms application and must submit supporting documentation as well. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. School must be enrolled as a Team Nutrition School prior to applying, which is a free process.
Applications are reviewed by the District, State agency, FNS Regional Office, and finally approved by FNS National Office.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
These are discretionary funds.
The monetary incentives are available to all schools that achieve HUSSC status by meeting the required criteria beginning on January 1, 2009. Schools approved as a HUSSC school under the current criteria prior to this announcement, will be eligible for the monetary incentive award.
In addition to the plaque, banner and recognition currently provided, HUSSC schools approved under the current criteria will receive the following monetary incentive awards:
-$2,000 Gold Award of Distinction
All HUSSC award monies must be deposited into the nonprofit school food service account and used for allowable expenses under that account. The monetary incentive awards are available until the funds are depleted. All HUSSC award monies must be deposited into the nonprofit school food service account and used for allowable expenses under that account. The monetary incentive awards are available until the funds are depleted.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No reports are required.
No audits are required for this program.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Schools are awarded and the certification period is for 4-years. Schools receive a one-time monetary incentive (for the 4-year period). However, schools may apply for a higher award level one year from the date of their current award. If the school is awarded for a higher award or if the school is about to expire from their 4-year award period and is awarded, they will receive another monetary incentive. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Cynthia Long, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 640, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Cindy.Long@fns.usda.gov
Phone: (703) 305-2590.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $1,500,000; FY 15 est $1,500,000; and FY 16 est $1,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Schools are awarded monetary incentive based on the applied award level:
Bronze - $500
Silver - $1000
Gold - $1500
Gold Award of Distinction - $2000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Memo describing use of monetary incentives
April 1, 2010 MEMO CODE:TA 04-2010
Guidelines exist in the form of criteria. http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/application-criteria-and-guidance
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: St. Tammany Parish Public Schools in Louisiana achieved 23 Gold Award of Distinction schools and a monetary incentive of $46,000.00. Los Angeles Unified School District in California achieved 368 Bronze schools. This district will receive $184,000 for their non-profit food service account on behalf of those schools. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available