Friday, September 9, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture awarded the Indiana Department of Education a $372,522 grant to expand and enhance professional development for school nutrition teams throughout the state. The Indiana Department of Education was named one of only fourteen state education agencies to receive this federal grant to support school nutrition programs.

“As an educator, I know that nutrition is essential to learning,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Indiana’s school nutrition professionals provide nutritious and healthy meals to hundreds of thousands of students each day. This grant will allow the Department to expand our training and support for those hardworking professionals who are in our schools serving students every day.”

The Department will conduct professional development and wellness policy training for school nutrition professionals with a goal of increasing student consumption of fruits and vegetables and improving student health. Additionally, the Department will utilize this grant funding to develop curriculum and resources for Family and Consumer Sciences educators at the middle and high school levels. The grant is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Team Nutrition initiative.

Additional information about the School Nutrition Program can be found on the Department’s website.