Nutrition and Wellness Programs
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Illinois School Breakfast Challenge Awards
The Illinois School Breakfast Challenge is a partnership with ISBE, the Midwest Dairy Council, and Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign. Congratulations to the 12 schools receiving the Fiscal Year 2013 Illinois School Breakfast Challenge Awards for increasing their breakfast participation rates most significantly.
- Subscribe to the Illinois Schools Can! eNewsletter
The Illinois Schools Can! eNewsletter keeps school wellness staff posted on funding and training opportunities as well as resources that support school wellness programs. TO JOIN THE ILLINOIS SCHOOLS CAN! ENEWSLETTER LISTSERVE, please contact Joan Love by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 800-545-7892.
- HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winning Schools in Illinois
Kudos to the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award winners in Illinois! These schools have met specific criteria to build healthier school environments through better nutrition and physical activity practices. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/awardwinners.html to view Illinois’ HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners.
IMPORTANT: Effective July 1, 2012, HUSSC applications submitted will be reviewed using new criteria, including breakfast, an “other criteria for excellence” category, updated lunch criteria reflecting NSLP meal pattern requirements, and an ADP calculation method change.
New Grant Opportunities
- USDA’s Healthy Meals Resource System
This site provides information on specific grants related to child nutrition and physical activity as well as resources to locate grants and information on the grant writing process.
- Let’s Move to School Salad Bars
Consider applying for a salad bar grant through the Let’s Move to School Salad Bars. Schools that are HealthierUS School Challenge certified receive top priority for this grant.
- Where to Locate Wellness Grant Opportunities
- Grants for School Breakfast! -
Grants through Share Our Strength and the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign will support schools with expanding their breakfast participation. Funds can be used to purchase approved equipment and to create materials and initiatives that facilitate alternative breakfast delivery models (such as in-classroom breakfast, grab-n-go, or second chance breakfast). Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 on a rolling basis. For more information or to apply, please visit the Illinois No Kid Hungry website at http://il.nokidhungry.org/grants-school-breakfast.
- Obesity Policy-related Research Funding Available from the National Cancer Institute