The Team Nutrition “Back to School” e-Newsletter!

Kick off back to school with nutrition education materials, tips, and tools for your classroom with The Team Nutrition e-Newsletter!  Click here to read the August 2014, “Back-to-School” issue.

New Policy Makes It Easier for Community Eligibility Schools to Participate in E-Rate Program.

A new policy from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been released making it easier for school districts operating the Community Eligibility Provision to apply for the E-rate program.  CLICK HERE to read about the new streamlined E-rate policy.

School Nutrition Programs Featured in Arizona Republic’s “Living Well AZ”

With school back in session for many Arizona students, it is important to understand the new school meal standards for the upcoming school year.  Cara Peczkowski, Registered Dietitian, and co-director for ADE’s  School Nutrition Programs is quoted in a new article in the Arizona Republic’s Living Well AZ magazine.  Click here to read “Healthier School Menu Options Now Available.”

Student Reactions to Updated School Nutrition Standards

Updated nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program went into effect at the beginning of the school year in 2012.  Click here to read a brief summary on data collected from two studies investigating reports from administrators at elementary, middle and high school students’ reactions to the healthier lunches.

The HealthierUS School Challenge has a new name and new criteria!

The HealthierUS School Challenge has a new name and new criteria! 

USDA has announced the new look of the HealthierUS School Challenge.  As of August 31, 2014, all HUSSC applications must meet the criteria for “The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL 2014)”.  This criterion recognizes schools actively implementing Smarter Lunchroom techniques and USDA’s Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools (Smart Snacks in School). Take a look at the new materials and see if THIS year is the one to set your sights for the Gold standard and put in an application. 

2014 Criteria is NOW available and posted at the following websites:

Team Nutrition home page –

HUSSC: SL home page:

Application materials –

Application Criteria and Guidance –


There are 28 school applications pending at ADE currently, which will be verified by the 2012 HUSSC criteria.  Congratulations to these schools that stretched to submit these applications!  Please contact HUSSC Specialist, Gayle McCartney (602) 364-3177 for more information.

Please contact the HUSSC Specialist at if you plan to submit any new applications, and want to ensure qualifications are met. 


Thank you!

To all school nutrition professionals, thank you!

Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton, recently addressed a letter to school nutrition professionals across the nation.  This letter thanks school district operators of the NSLP for their hard work and dedication in implementing the new meal standards and pledges USDA’s ongoing technical assistance and commitment to flexibility.  To access the letter, CLICK HERE.

Find out if your LEA is CEP Eligible!!

Are you interested in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
of the National School Lunch Program?


The Annual Notification of eligible and near-eligible districts has been posted. Please click here to view more information about CEP and find out if your district is eligible.