Support for K-12 Service-Learning Programs

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Support for K-12 Service-Learning Programs
Youth Service America: Good Neighbor Innovation School Grants
The Good Neighbor Innovation School Grants program, a partnership of Youth Service America (YSA) and State Farm, supports K-12 administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service in their schools. The program will select 20 K-12 public schools to be recognized as Good Neighbor Innovation Schools. Each selected school will receive a $5,000 grant to support their efforts to authentically engage students during the 2015-2016 academic year by using YSA’s school programs, including Semester of Service, Classrooms with a Cause, and Global Youth Service Day. Administrators will also receive travel support to attend a Training Symposium in Washington, DC, as well as ongoing technical support, resources, and networking. The application deadline is May 8, 2015. Visit the YSA website for details.


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Support for Pet Housing at Domestic Violence Shelters

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Support for Pet Housing at Domestic Violence Shelters
RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants
RedRover Domestic Violence Safe Housing Grants enable organizations throughout the country that shelter domestic violence victims to create space to house the victims’ pets on-site where little to no pet housing was previously available. These grants of up to $6,000 are intended to bridge a critical gap in funding to help the pet housing project get started. RedRover is working toward the goal of having one pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in each state in 2015. Shelters in the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The application deadlines for 2015 are May 15 and October 15. Visit the RedRover website to review the funding guidelines.


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National Nutrition Month…A Great Time to Eat More Fruits and Veggies!

National Nutrition Month is a great time to begin making healthier eating choices. A simple tip that anyone can do is to eat more fruits and veggies! Why eat fruits and veggies? They taste great, are colorful, do great things for your body and are low in fat and calories. The nutrients found in fruits and veggies may even reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes!

Our “Why Eat Fruits and Veggies? Handouts” will help you explore the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. These colorful, information-filled tear-off tablet sheets explain the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, common serving sizes, daily requirements, and offers great suggestions for ways to eat more.

470119Here are some simple ideas to eating more fruits and vegetables:
• Choose apples, oranges, and bananas as an easy grab and go option
• Make a smoothie by blending fruit with yogurt & 100% fruit juice
• Top cereal or yogurt with berries or sliced banana
• Choose fruit for dessert
• Dip Veggies in low-fat dip or hummus
• Add veggies to spaghetti sauce or soup
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Take the time during National Nutrition Month to explore the many health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. Visit Learning ZoneXpress for additional Fruits and Vegetables nutrition education resources.

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USDA Releases Request for Farm to School Grant Applications

farm to schoolHappy to share the news on upcoming grant for Farm to School programs…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a request for applications for the USDA’s Fiscal Year 2016 round of Farm to School grants. Designed to increase the availability of local foods in eligible schools, these grants help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts, facilitating stronger connections between local and regional producers and school cafeterias.

“When schools buy food from nearby producers, their purchasing power helps create local jobs and economic benefits, particularly in rural agricultural communities,” Vilsack said. “These Farm to School grants will help schools respond to the growing demand for local foods and increase market opportunities for many types of food producers.”

Four different kinds of grants are available. Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities; they’re designed to help them organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by incorporating best practices into early planning considerations. Implementation grants are available for schools or school districts seeking to augment or expand existing farm to school efforts. Support service grants are intended for non-profit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers or groups of producers to evolve farm to school initiatives.

Additionally, all eligible entities can still apply for funds to support training and technical assistance, such as local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and integration of agriculture based curriculum.

Proposals for planning, implementation, and support service grants are due at 11:59 p.m. EST, May 20, 2015. Letters of intent for training grants are due at 11:59 p.m. EST, April 30, 2015. To assist eligible entities in preparing proposals, USDA will host a webinar related to the application process on March 25, 2015, 1:00 EST.

“USDA is proud to support communities across the country as they plan and implement innovative farm to school projects. Evidence suggests that when kids understand more about where food comes from and how it is produced, they are more likely to make healthy eating choices,” said Vilsack.

More information about the grant program, upcoming webinars relevant to applicants, and sample grant applications can be found on-line at:

The Farm to School Grant Program is a cornerstone of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates the Department’s work on local and regional foods. The grants are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which authorized and funded USDA to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The Act provides $5 million annually to support grants, technical assistance, and the federal administrative costs related to USDA’s Farm to School Program.

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Brownsville TX ISD Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

We’re having a ball sharing your stories about National School Breakfast Week. Today’s featured celebration is Brownsville Texas ISD at Veterans High School. Take a look!

I had a table during open house and passed out samples of the breakfast we serve to our students to the parents. Answered any questions parents had of our breakfast and gave them the print outs of the menus we serve. I also did a presentation on the importance of a healthy balanced breakfast to parents during a parental meeting. And started the day celebrating Dr. Seuss B Day by preparing a balanced green eggs and ham breakfast to our Book Club Students. A few students from the book club helped prepare the breakfast.

What a great idea to involve parents! They play such an important role, and we applaud your efforts to include them in your celebration. Looks like fun was had by all!


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