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Healthy Meals Incentices BadageFueling Students for Success with Healthy Meals Incentives Grant – September 12, 2023

Our Food Services program is fueling our students for success through high-quality breakfast and lunch offerings that are nutritious and delicious. As a proud recipient of a $65,800 Healthy Meals Incentives grant from Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), the funds will support their efforts to enhance the nutritional quality of our school meals. The grant is part of an allocation of nearly $30 million by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to 264 schools across 44 states and the District of Columbia.

"We’re committed to creating restaurant-quality school meals that contain fresh, nutritious ingredients. Having continued access to nutritious meals promotes student learning and lifelong healthy eating behaviors," said Chef Eric Carlson, BVT's Director of Food Services, who works alongside BVT's Nutritionist Martha Pellegrino and the Food Services staff. "To help our students and staff manage their healthy eating habits, our lunch menu includes each item's nutritional value."

As part of the USDA's Healthy Meals Incentives grant program, AFHK and with the support of its partners, the Chef Ann Foundation and Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education, will provide our Food Services staff with in-depth, individualized assistance and opportunities to collaborate during the school year on topics such as menu planning, recipe development, and food safety. With this grant, our school will also modernize its operations with a walk-in refrigerator and meal prep workstations for the cafeteria.

We're proud to partner with the USDA and Action for Healthy Kids to strengthen our school meal program as a Healthy Meals Incentives grantee.