Awards & Recognition Opportunities
Healthier US School Challenge Award (HUSSC)
**Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. Visit the HUSSC website for details**
The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold of Distinction.
Schools may submit applications for the Healthier US School Challenge by US mail or online. A simplified district application process is available if there are two or more schools applying from one school district.
- HealthierUS School Challenge website
- HUSSC Application Criteria Chart
- Application for Bronze Award or Silver Award
- Application for Gold Award or Gold Award of Distinction
Golden Key Achievement Award
The Golden Key Achievement Award program is a new set of criteria designed to recognize the great accomplishments in a single school cafeteria. This award replaces the previous Awards for Excellence program with updated activities that complement current program regulations and best practices. The purpose of the award is to promote benchmarks of excellence across North Carolina and to honor School Nutrition programs that maintain high standards. Participation in this award fosters ongoing professional development and improvement in the school nutrition environment.
To compete for the Award, School Nutrition managers and employees will conduct activities in four (4) Key Areas:
2. Nutrition, Nutrition Education, and Physical Activity
4. Marketing and Communications
USDA Best Practice Awards (USDA – SERO)
The purpose of Best Practice Award program is to recognize and reward outstanding practices in schools and in School Food Authorities (SFAs). We encourage you and your staff to nominate your SFA and/or individual schools within the SFA for their outstanding and innovative practices.
Receiving a USDA Best Practice Award is a fabulous opportunity to get the local, state and national recognition your SFA’s Child Nutrition Program has earned!