Winnsboro Independent School District, has been selected as a recipient of a Healthy Meals Incentives (HMI) Grant for Small and/or Rural School Food Authorities (SDA) in the amount of $16,000.
The grant was awarded on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) in partnership with Rocky Mountain Center for Health and Education (RMC Health) and the Chef Ann Foundation, we would like to congratulate you on your successful application and commend your commitment to improving the nutritional quality of your school meals.
As an awardee, we will receive a grant to support the implementation of your HMI project(s). The period of performance for this grant will be from August 1, 2023, to September 30, 2025. The funds provided under this grant will be used to overcome challenges in improving the nutritional quality of your SFA's school meals as proposed in your application.
Together, with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) and USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Winnsboro ISD is dedicated to strengthening school meals to improve children’s health. As part of the Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative, we are excited to share that WISD was awarded a grant to support our efforts to improve the nutritional quality of school meals. The Healthy Meals Incentives grant is part of an allocation of nearly $30 million by the USDA FNS to 264 school districts across 44 states and the District of Columbia.
“These grants are the largest targeted investment USDA has ever made for school meal programs in small and rural communities,” said Stacy Dean, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “We want to ensure every child in America has the opportunity to attend a school with high-quality, nutritious meals, and this support is a step in that direction.”
As part of the Healthy Meals Incentives grant program, AFHK and its partners will provide us with in-depth individualized technical assistance to support and guide the implementation of key strategies to improve school meal quality, as well as help us to develop creative solutions to provide nutritious foods for the children we serve.
“Offering healthier school meals is key to helping our nation’s kids get the nutrients they need today and for their long-term development,” said Rob Bisceglie, CEO of Action for Healthy Kids. “Through this historic investment in school nutrition, we will help school districts across the country overcome challenges and develop solutions to provide nutritious foods for the children they serve.”
Learn more about the Healthy Meals Incentives and view a grantee map at: www.healthymealsincentives.org/grantees.
Required USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
This is the USDA non-discrimination statement that is required to go on any publications because the Healthy Meals Incentives Subgrants are funded by USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Anytime you have printed materials, webinars, or new sections on a website, you will need to provide the full text as displayed on the screen somewhere.
The following non-discrimination statement must be included on all materials produced by the Grantee for public information, public education, or public distribution:
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To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690- 7442; or (3) email: email@example.com.
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Required USDA Acknowledgment
Whenever publicizing work is completed, you're required to include the USDA acknowledgement.
This includes press releases, journal articles, presentations, and any other publication.
Acknowledge the support of USDA FNS whenever publicizing work under this grant:
• “This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”
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• “This project was funded using U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funds. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.”
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