Smart School Lunch promotes MyPlate in the lunchroom. This site is a tribute to the amazing food service staff all across the nation working to promote healthy eating choices for children of all ages.

Grants Promote Community Gardens and Green Spaces

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Grants Promote Community Gardens and Green Spaces
Scotts Miracle-Gro: GRO1000 Grassroots Grants
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s GRO1000 Grassroots Grants help foster the development of gardens and green spaces in the United States. Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities throughout the country to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens, and public green spaces to more neighborhoods. The focus is on garden and green space beautification projects that incorporate the involvement and engagement of neighborhood residents and foster a sense of community spirit. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies. The application deadline is February 13, 2015. Visit the company’s website to review the program’s FAQs and submit an online application.

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Awards for Innovative K-12 Educators

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Awards for Innovative K-12 Educators
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program
The Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program provides educators nationwide with awards to help fund their innovative class projects. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning are eligible to apply. Applicants must work at an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States. The 100 finalists each receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. Applications must be submitted online by April 30, 2015. Visit the Unsung Heroes Awards Program website to access the application and learn more about the program.

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Support for Initiatives Addressing Cardiovascular Health

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Support for Initiatives Addressing Cardiovascular Health
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation: Connections for Cardiovascular Health
The mission of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s program, Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM, is to improve cardiovascular health within the United States. Through the program, grants of $150,000 to $180,000 are awarded to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations for initiatives that address patient cardiovascular health issues, work to address unmet needs related to cardiovascular health in the community, respond to the urgency around cardiovascular health issues, and improve the lives of patients and non-professional caregivers in connection with the services provided. In addition, initiatives should be focused on measurable results and the recipient organizations must be able to demonstrate sustainability of their programs after the Foundation grant funds are expended. Applications will be accepted from February 2 through February 26, 2015, at 5 pm ET. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines.

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After-School Arts Programs Honored Nationwide

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After-School Arts Programs Honored Nationwide
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, recognize excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. These programs offer high-quality and intensive instruction on weekends, afternoons, and summer vacations, providing a safe and productive space for young people in the hours when they are often the most vulnerable. Twelve winners will receive a $10,000 award and an invitation to accept their award at a White House ceremony. Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, schools and universities, arts centers, community service organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to apply. Eligible programs must have been in operation for a minimum of five years. The 2015 application deadline is February 2nd. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application.

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Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award Apply/Nominate Now!

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National Center for Families Learning: Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
325 West Main Street
Suite 300
Louisville, KY
40202 -4237

Phone: 502-584-1133
Email: notify@familieslearning.org
Url: http://familieslearning.org/our-capabilities/2015-toyota-family-teacher-of-the-year.html

Primary Contact:
Mr. Joshua Cramer
Email: jcramer@familieslearning.org

Geographic Scope:
National

Type of Organization: Other Sources

Total Annual Giving:  $22,500

Eligibility Requirements:
Individuals

Application Deadlines:
December 31, 2014
(The deadline for the 2016 program will be available in late 2015.)

Areas of Interest:
The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, administered by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), recognizes the teachers in the nation who are best at engaging families in the educational process.

The winner receives a scholarship to NCFL’s annual summit and a $20,000 grant for his/her family engagement program. In addition, one runner-up will receive a $2,500 grant for his/her program and a scholarship to the summit.

School and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination. Programs may nominate up to two family educators using separate nomination forms.

Application Procedures:
Nomination guidelines are available on the NCFL website when the nomination cycle is open. – See more at: http://www.grantstation.com/Public/spotlight/us_spotlight.asp#sthash.MWFkk6QO.dpuf

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Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living

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Support for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living
The BUILD Health Challenge
The BUILD Health Challenge is a national program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the Challenge provides awards to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofit organizations, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control. Of special concern are people whose circumstances have made them vulnerable to poor health, whether that’s because of limited access to healthy, affordable food, safe places to walk and play, job prospects, or safe, affordable housing. One-year planning grants of up to $75,000 and two-year implementation grants of up to $250,000 are available. The Round 1 application deadline is January 16, 2015; Round 2 applications are due April 10, 2015. Visit the BUILD Health Challenge website to download the call for applications.

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Parental Take on School Nutrition Standards: They like it in CA!

smart snacks in schoolsPew Charitable Trust just released data on parental view of School Nutrition Standards in California…

Three in 4 parents of school-age children in California support current national nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools, according to a poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The California Endowment. The standards are backed by large majorities of Republicans and Democrats and receive particularly strong support from Latino parents.

The statewide poll was conducted Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 and included interviews with 905 registered voters who are parents of public school students. Among the findings:

  • 76 percent of parents—and 86 percent of Latino parents—support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated school meal nutrition standards, which were implemented in the 2012-13 school year.
  • 75 percent back USDA’s “Smart Snacks” standards. These guidelines took effect July 1 and set minimum nutrition requirements for foods and beverages sold through vending machines, school stores, and a la carte cafeteria menus.
  • 66 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats endorse the meal standards, and the Smart Snacks standards earn virtually the same level of bipartisan support (65 and 84 percent, respectively).
  • 77 percent say the main priority in school meal programs should be serving children healthy and nutritious food, while only 11 percent think it should be ensuring that schools do not lose money on these programs.
  • 93 percent agree that serving nutritious school foods help prepare children to perform academically.70 percent are concerned about childhood obesity. One in 3 children in California is overweight or obese. Research shows that children living in states with strong school nutrition standards are more likely to maintain healthier weights.

We like to think that the rest of the nation is in agreement! And we think the last line says it all – lunch standards helps promote healthier weights and with any luck that’s a lifetime change!

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Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers

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Professional Development Fellowships for Teachers
Fund for Teachers
The Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers throughout the United States so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve their skills as teachers. Educators should propose a summer activity and explain how the endeavor will make the applicant a better teacher, how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom, and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, and the school. Teachers must have a minimum of three years experience and be full-time teachers spending at least 50% of their time in the classroom. Eligible teachers may apply as individuals (funding limit of $5,000) or as a team (funding limit of $10,000). The application deadline is January 29, 2015. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines for each state.

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Atlanta Public Schools’ Lunches Make the Grade

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farm to schoolAt many Atlanta Public Schools, students are now digging into sushi, smoothies and flat-bread pizza, thanks to a farm-to-school movement designed to increase variety, freshness and healthy choices.

The farm-to-fork craze that has so captivated the country inspires the farm-to-school program, a 4-year effort that has introduced students in kindergarten through high school to the benefits – and tastes – of locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are dramatically changing cafeteria menus.

“Right now, we’re enjoying apples from Ellijay and tomatoes from Nashville,” said Marilyn Hughes, the district’s director of nutrition since 2003. “They’re just part of the local variety we serve to students.”

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger
Youth Service America: Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America (YSA) are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $400 are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people in the United States, ages 5 to 25, are eligible to apply. Funded projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Visit the YSA website to access the online application.

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