This collection of information is necessary for the application of the Healthy Meals Incentives (HMI) Recognition Awards by school food authorities (SFAs). The Recognition Awards will recognize SFAs that have made significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their school meals by exceeding the transitional school meal pattern requirements, engaging students, and implementing innovative practices.
Request for Comments
Comments regarding this information collection received by June 7, 2023 will be considered. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this information collection by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function.
Need and Use of the Information
The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) will collect applications from SFAs for the HMI Recognition Awards. The HMI Recognition Awards will spotlight innovative practices, student and community engagement strategies, and strategies schools have used to provide meals that are consistent with the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. SFAs meeting Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Award criteria will receive nonmonetary recognition and stipends to attend and participate in the Healthy Meals Summits.
FNS will highlight and share these diverse best practices nationwide through training and technical assistance resources and Healthy Meals Summits.