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Taste of CA Standardized Recipe Challenge Grant

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) awarded the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) the 2021 Team Nutrition (TN) Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development in the amount of $300,000. The TN Taste of California Standardized Recipe Challenge (Taste of CA Challenge) grant total for school food authorities (SFA) is $266,000. The NSD will award up to 24 SFAs $8,500 to $24,000 to develop standardized recipes. These recipes must use locally grown products, with an emphasis on connecting healthy school meals with nutrition and food literacy education. Finally, the successful applicants will engage the community in their recipe development process and collect their feedback during recipe promotional or educational events as well as normal meal service.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Public school districts, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions who are SFAs that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) are eligible to apply for this grant. SFAs participating in Seamless Summer Option or Summer Food Service Program instead of NSLP or SBP due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are also eligible to apply.
Other Eligibility Considerations

According to Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 210.2, an SFA is defined as "the governing body which is responsible for the administration of one or more schools; and has the legal authority to operate the Program therein or be otherwise approved by FNS to operate the Program."

However, SFAs must have the commitment of the food service director to support the completion of the grant project activities prior to applying for the grant.

Eligible Grade Level(s) Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2020-21
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 5454 / 8290
Total Available $266,000
Recipient Amount $8,500 minimum and $24,000 maximum
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula

The CDE will use $266,000 of the Taste of CA Standardized Recipe Challenge (Taste of CA Challenge) grant to award 24 subgrants at two different award levels:

  • 4 Taste of CA Challenge Ambassador School Districts will receive a $24,000 award.
  • 20 Taste of CA Challenge School Districts will receive a $8,500 minimum award.

Award amounts may vary based on the number of applications received and recipes submitted for standardization, if additional funding is available. Ambassador School District awards are based on additional project objectives and requirements including training attendance, curriculum and resource development, and assisting with the recipe standardization and finalization process.

Important Dates

Date Application Available December 22, 2020
Due Date February 11, 2021
Expected Notification Date March 31, 2021

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications []
Background Taste of CA Standardized Recipe Challenge Grant []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsResult - 20: Team Nutrition Funding Results []
Other Unavailable


Program Crystal Young, 916-322-3435,
Fiscal Bryan Gee, 916-445-4815,
Division Nutrition Services Division
Last Modified: December 22, 2020
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