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HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

Information about the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms initiative.
Important Notice
On February 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the completion of the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award program (formally known as HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms [HUSSC:SL] program). All applications received on or before June 30, 2018, will be reviewed and processed. Effective July 1, 2018, the California Department of Education and the USDA will no longer accept any HUSSC award applications.


The HUSSC: SL is a voluntary certification initiative established by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of nutritious meals, physical activity, and nutrition education.

The former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign incorporates the HUSSC: SL by acknowledging schools that are actively working to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic. Four levels of superior performance are awarded and the USDA is offering monetary incentives with each level: Bronze ($500), Silver ($1,000), Gold ($1,500), and Gold Award of Distinction ($2,000).

Contact Us

For questions, please contact Desiree Rojo, Child Nutrition Consultant, by phone at 916-323-0213 or by email at or Jennifer Kuo, Nutrition Education Assistant, by phone at 916-322-9943 or by email at

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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