Sep 01, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday announced Louisiana is one of 11 states that has been selected to receive a 2017 Team Nutrition Training Grant to provide resources, training and nutrition education lessons for schools and child care providers statewide. The three-year grant is valued at just over $400,000.

“With children eating as many as two meals a day at school, it’s clear that providing nutritious school meals is a crucial part of helping kids grow and thrive and achieve in the classroom,” said Brandon Lipps,  acting deputy undersecretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. “Therefore, it’s vital that we provide nutrition professionals working in schools and child care facilities the training they need to manage successful meal programs that work for the children they serve.”

Through the Team Nutrition Grant, Louisiana proposes to train and assist participating schools in:

  • Managing meal portion sizes;
  • Expanding access to healthy food options by increasing convenience, improving visibility, utilizing suggestive selling techniques and setting smart pricing strategies;
  • Providing healthy foods that are appealing to students in taste and appearance;
  • Incorporating age-appropriate USDA nutrition curricula into the classroom; and
  • Supporting healthier school environments and encouraging nutritious food choices and physically active lifestyles by strengthening school wellness policies, implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and providing techniques for healthy fundraising, among other initiatives.

At the end of the three-year grant period, in 2020, the best practices and materials developed by grantees will be shared with all states so that others may also benefit from the investment.

To read the press release announcing the awards, click here.

For more information about the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, click here.

For more information about Louisiana’s Child Nutrition Programs, click here.

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