Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Team Nutrition and HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

The Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness encourages and supports schools and school districts that utilize two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiatives described below.

Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is an initiative developed by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service for federal Child Nutrition Programs. Schools involved in the initiative are required to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to help students meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,    
  • Provide nutrition education for children and parents, and
  • Build school and community support around a healthy school environment.

Schools may join Team Nutrition at no cost. Participation provides schools with emails containing nutrition information, a free resource kit, and technical assistance with school team efforts. For more information and details on how to join, please visit USDA's website.

HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL)

Go for the gold with the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Award. Schools are eligible to apply for this award established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. We would like to see every school receive a HUSSC award.

HUSSC: SL Awards

Schools can be certified as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold Award of Distinction. These schools will receive national recognition, an award plaque signed by the Secretary of Agriculture, and a banner from USDA to display in the school. Monetary awards are also received based on each level.

  • $2,000 Gold Award of Distinction
  • $1,500 Gold
  • $1,000 Silver
  • $500 Bronze

Streamlined Application (Two Awards – Less Paperwork)

Training and Resources