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Grants Promote Oral Health Care for People in Need

From our Friends at GrantStation

dentalDental Trade Alliance Foundation
The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is dedicated to supporting promising initiatives that achieve measurable impact and facilitate real change in oral health care. The Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 for innovative, sustainable, scalable projects designed to increase access to oral health care for those in need. Funded projects should not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country. Applications are accepted from dental organizations, dental schools, universities, government organizations, and nonprofit organizations for programs located in the United States and its territories. (The Foundation is also offering one Foundation/Dental Lifeline Network Grant of up to $25,000 for a project specifically related to providing access to dentistry for individuals with disabilities, or who are elderly or medically compromised.) The application deadline is May 27, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application guidelines and forms.

Support for Healthy Food Initiatives in Native Communities

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Support for Healthy Food Initiatives in Native Communities
First Nations Development Institute: Seeds of Native Health
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting proposals for the “Seeds of Native Health” grant program under the Native Agriculture and Food Systems initiative. The purpose of the Seeds of Native Health grant program is to support Native tribes and organizations working to eliminate food insecurity, promote access to fresh and healthy foods, and provide increased access to nutritional programs aimed at improving the overall nutrition and health of Native people and communities. Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal organizations, and Native American community-based groups are eligible to apply. Up to 16 grant awards ranging from $30,000 to $40,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is May 21, 2015. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the program and submit an online application.

Let’s Celebrate National School Nutrition Employee Week!

Join Learning ZoneXpress as we celebrate with schools across the United States for School Lunch Hero Day (May 1) and School Nutrition Employee Week (May 4-8).” All week long, schools will be taking the opportunity  to thank all of the hardworking school nutrition professionals that strive to make their schools meals healthier.

Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, School Nutrition Professionals are truly one of the hardest working professions out there!

In honor of School Nutrition Employee Week, we offered School Nutrition Professionals the opportunity to enter for a chance to win Choose MyPlate aprons for their entire staff. We asked for short stories of themselves or someone on their team doing great work in their cafeteria. The response to this giveaway was AMAZING! We received hundreds of submissions. All of these entries were fantastic stories of School Nutrition Professionals going above and beyond their job descriptions.

It was tough to draw just ONE winner, because every one of our entries was a “winning” story, but we could only draw one! Congratulations to Kary Towne, School Nurse and the cafeteria staff at South Burlington School District in Vermont. This is what Kary had to say about the school nutrition staff at her school district:

As the school nurse, I had a student with me who was not feeling well and he really could not go into the cafeteria to get food. I told him I would get him something and bring it back for him. I headed down to the cafeteria. When I got to the hot lunch line and the nutritional staff, I told them I was needed a lunch for A.B. and was deciding what to choose for him. We have over 500 students in our school. They staff immediately said–his favorite is a turkey sandwich on wheat, little bit of mayo and cheese. He also likes tomatoes on his sandwich with a little lettuce. They went on to tell me his favorite drink and side dishes. They actually began a discussion among them — “what about carrots, he likes carrots” I could not believe they were that familiar with our students and they knew what they liked. It brought a smile to A.B.’s face when I told him about this and how they wanted to make sure he got his favorites when he wasn’t feeling well. Our staff takes care of our kids!!

Congratulations to South Burlington School District in Vermont. These professionals really know their kids!

We will continue to share some of our favorite stories throughout School Nutrition Employee Week. Thanks again to everyone that submitted a story.

Please take this week to reflect on all of the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria. A BIG THANK YOU to all of the School Nutrition Professionals out there from everyone at Learning ZoneXpress!

We Have Just What You Need For A Successful Health Fair!

If you’ve been searching for promotional giveaways and marketing tools for your next health fair, Learning ZoneXpress has just what you need! We are pleased to announce our newest member to our “Health Fair Kit” lineup the…”MyPlate Health Fair Kit”!


This kit contains everything you need for a fun, easy, and successful health fair! Encourage, support, and promote healthy food and physical activity choices the MyPlate way for people of all ages with the MyPlate Health Fair Kit. This health fair kit includes posters and a banner to draw people in and a variety of handouts, tri-fold brochures, bookmarks and stickers. This kit also offers 1500 incentives you can use to encourage people to participate and motivate them to learn about healthy ideas and lifestyles.

Learning ZoneXpress will also work with you to create a custom health fair kit and help you select the right products to best meet your needs for your health fair.  To get started call us Toll-Free at 888-455-7003 (US Only) or email  Visit Learning ZoneXpress to see all of our health fair kit options.

Health fair promotions are more successful with the Learning ZoneXpress MyPlate Health Fair Kit!

Grants Enhance Bereavement Programs for Youth

From our friends at GrantStation

Grants Enhance Bereavement Programs for Youth
National Alliance for Grieving Children: Grief Reach Community Expansion Grants
The goal of the Grief Reach Community Expansion Grants program, administered by the National Alliance for Grieving Children with funding from the New York Life Foundation, is to provide support for children’s bereavement programs in order to expand their reach to underserved youth populations. The program offers grants, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, to fund program expansion to include bereaved children and teens not currently served by existing services. A total of 50% of the children served by funded programs should be from low-income families, or 50% of the children should be from minority communities. Applicants must have been in operation as a 501(c)(3) for at least three consecutive years. The application deadline is July 31, 2015. Visit the National Alliance for Grieving Children’s website to review the funding guidelines.