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Awards, Grants & 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.


    Golden Key Achievement Award

    2014-15 Golden Key Achievement Award Guide for School Nutrition Managers and Staff

    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:

    1. Operations
    2. Nutrition, Nutrition Education, and Physical Activity
    3. Administration
    4. Marketing and Communications


      2015 USDA Best Practice Awards (USDA – SERO)

      The US Department of Agriculture has announced the Twenty-second Annual Best Practice Awards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and Food Distribution Program (FDP). The purpose of this program is to encourage and reward outstanding practices in schools and in School Food Authorities (SFAs) in the Southeast Region Please review the attached Best Practice Awards information for 2015.   All nominations are due on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015.  Electronic documents or fax transmissions will not be accepted.  Please review the entry details and criteria along with the nomination entry forms.

      USDA Best Practice Awards Criteria and Nomination Entry Forms

      All entries should be sent or delivered to:   

      North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Nutrition Services
      301 N. Wilmington Street
      Raleigh, NC  27699-6324
      Attention:  Pat Brafford



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