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Kansas receives $496,623 grant to expand, enhance nutrition training

Posted: Sep 9, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 9, 2016

Kansas receives $496,623 grant
to expand, enhance nutrition training

TOPEKA — Kansas is the recipient of a $496,623 grant to expand and enhance training for school nutrition and child care professionals working to support healthy environments for our state’s children.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service made the announcement earlier this week that 14 state agencies, including the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), were awarded grants totaling $6.7 million.

Eight of the agencies were given awards to help improve school nutrition through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, and six of the agencies are focusing on nutrition at facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Through the grant, KSDE will be able to offer in-person training, peer mentoring, self-guided online courses, webinars and culinary classes to assist child care providers with the implementation of CACFP meal pattern requirements

The grant also will allow KSDE to develop an at-risk, after-school meals toolkit with menus and menu planning tools to help increase meal quality.

KSDE will provide nutrition education at child care centers and family day care homes using Team Nutrition’s Discover My Plate and Grow It, Try It, Like It curricula and KSDE’s Power Panther Preschool program.

These KSDE nutrition education activities are expected to reach more than 12,000 children.

“We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to continue supporting the nutrition education needs of Kansas children through the Team Nutrition Training Grant,” said Tessa Adcock, KSDE’s Team Nutrition project director.

Adcock authored the grant for the agency.

“This Team Nutrition Grant is a great opportunity for Kansas to continue to encourage healthy eating habits and teach children to Eat Smart and Play Hard,” said Cheryl Johnson, KSDE’s Child Nutrition and Wellness director. “It will support the implementation of the new USDA nutrition standards for meals served through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Our main goal is for children to receive quality, tasty, safe and nutritious meals and snacks.”

The 14 training grants are awarded as part of USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative, which provides resources, training and nutrition education resources for child nutrition programs. Since its inception more than 20 years ago, Team Nutrition has provided about $97 million in grant funds to state agencies that administer USDA child nutrition programs.

This year, a portion of these grants included a focus on training providers participating in CACFP, which serves more than 4 million children and adults nutritious meals and snacks each day through child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes.

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