Last week, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced $26 million in new grants to support schools’ efforts to serve nutritious and delicious meals to students.

Headlining the new investments are nearly $6.5 million in grants that will increase healthy foods in the school meals marketplace by supporting collaboration between schools, food producers and suppliers and other partners. The FNS is also providing $10 million in grants for schools to invest in new food service equipment. The Biden-Harris Administration and USDA are dedicated to supporting school nutrition programs through opportunities for enhanced grant programs for updating equipment, product innovation, staff training and farm-to-school efforts.

Applications are open for the following grants:

  • Fiscal Year 2024 Team Nutrition Training: States may apply here for up to $800,000 in grant funds to capture best practices in preparing nutritious meals that will meet updated school nutrition standards. The application closes on July 16.
  • New Food Safety Training: FNS is awarding $600,000 to an organization to provide training that will improve safety knowledge and communications for school nutrition professionals. The application closes on July 12.

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