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Grants and Technical Support to USA School Districts to Create Healthier School Food Programs

Get Schools Cooking (GSC) Program


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Deadline: 09/30/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants and technical support to USA school districts to develop and implement healthier school food programs. The program helps public K-12 schools transition from food that is highly processed to healthier and more nutritional options that are prepared from scratch. Eligible school districts participate in the National School Lunch Program and run a self-operated food service program.

Get Schools Cooking (GSC) is an intensive 3-year assessment and strategic planning program that provides schools with the operational knowledge to transition from a heat & serve to scratch cook operational model. Get Schools Cooking offers school districts comprehensive support throughout their school food transition from a heat and serve or processed model to one rooted in scratch cooking using whole, fresh ingredients.

Program Targeted Outcomes:

  • Increase knowledge surrounding scratch cooking
  • Assist with implementing operational changes to support scratch cooking
  • Support districts working towards a scratch cooked meal program centered around fresh, whole foods

Once selected for Get Schools Cooking, districts will complete the following steps:

  • Workshop: Districts attend a two-day workshop at a Chef Ann Foundation partner district.
  • School Food Institute Courses: Each district selected for the program receives two Gold Certificates to Chef Ann Foundation’s virtual School Food Institute. 
  • On-site Assessment: Chef Ann Foundation personnel who specialize in school food operations observe all aspects of the current practices in action and collect key operational data to provide recommended actions for improvement in day-to-day activities.
  • Assessment Report: An assessment report of recommendations is provided to the district as a guide for next steps, working with both district leadership and the school community. 
  • Strategic Planning: School food experts provide key district leadership with a strategic plan to review the recommendations from the assessment report, and the necessary actions the district would need to take in order to achieve the desired changes necessary for a successful scratch cooking model.
  • Technical Assistance: The Chef Ann Foundation will provide districts both on-site and one-on-one virtual technical assistance support in areas identified in the assessment report. 
  • Support: Chef Ann Foundation personnel work closely with districts to track the progress in addressing recommendations outlined in the strategic plan by develop goals, timelines, and next steps for continued systems change.
  • System Assistance Grant: Districts are given the opportunity to apply for a one-time systems assistance grant that is designed to support the identified needs and goals of their program.
  • Evaluations: Following assessment, districts participate in qualitative interviews and submit up-to-date program data to measure their progress in the program. 
  • Connect & Reflect: Connect and Reflect provides peer-to-peer support sessions for districts to discuss current school food topics, share information, and keep up to date with what other districts are doing across Cohorts.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Get Schools Cooking is open to school districts (public K-12 schools) across the country.

To apply, school districts must meet the following criteria:
- Be firmly committed to working towards a scratch-cooked and fresh whole foods approach to their meal programs.
- Demonstrate support for improvement from district leadership.
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program.
- Run a self-operated food service program.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar: Wed Sept 7, 10am CT - free 45-minute informational session about Get Schools Cooking.

To Register:

Pre-Application Information
● Application Opens: August 1, 2022
● Application Closes: September 30, 2022
● Selected Districts Notified: November 2022
● Workshop: February 2023
● On-Site District Assessments: February 2023 – November 2023
● Technical Assistance: Fall 2023 – Spring 2024
● Final Evaluations: Spring 2025

Each district will submit an application that includes detailed information such as district enrollment, average daily participation, and operational model. After reviewing applications, the Chef Ann Foundation will interview a select group of candidates to assess their readiness and ability to participate in the program. Program participants will be chosen from this group of applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant
GSC Offers:
- Onsite assessment to identify barriers and provide recommended actions in five key areas of school food service: Food, Finance, Facilities, Human Resources, and Marketing.
- Individualized, onsite technical assistance in shifting from heat & serve to a scratch cooking model.
- Strategic planning to create a structured framework to overcome identified barriers and achieve recommended outcomes.
- System improvements grants to provide districts the resources necessary to transition to a scratch cooking operational model.

Contact Information

For questions regarding Get Schools Cooking, please contact:
Chef Ann Foundation
5485 Conestoga Ct., #110F
Boulder, CO 80301

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