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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

The Golden Key Achievement Award program is a set of criteria designed to recognize the great accomplishments in a single school cafeteria. The purpose of the award is to promote benchmarks of excellence across North Carolina and to honor School Nutrition programs that maintain high standards.  This award promotes activities that complement current program regulations and best practices and aligns with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) professional standards learning topics. 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.  Nutrition          2.  Operations          3.  Administration          4.  Communications and Marketing

The awards summary is due by April 15, 2016.  In addition, School Food Authorities may submit the one best plaque entry for consideration of the state-wide award that is presented for first, second, and third place at the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina annual conference and recognized at the North Carolina School Nutrition Administrator Conference.

2015 Golden Key Award Winners

First place
NC Department of Public Safety
Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center
Gloria McMillan, Cook II Supervisor

Second place
Carteret County Schools
Beaufort Elementary School
Ashley Elps, Manager

Third place
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Bain Elementary School
Yvonne Shoulders, Manager

    • 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

    • Grants

    2015 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant

    Application Deadline:  Friday, December 4, 2015

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