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Last Published: 02/28/2018

award medalNotice: The USDA Food and Nutrition Service will no longer be accepting applications for the HealthierUS School Challenge (formally known as the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms or HUSSC: SL) Award Program, effective July 1, 2018. Learn more here.


The goal of HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is to improve the health of the Nation’s children by promoting healthier school environments. To help meet the goal, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) identifies schools that have made changes to

  • improve the quality of the foods served,
  • provide students with nutrition education, and
  • provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

Ultimately, we'd like to see every school receive a HUSSC: SL award!

Schools receiving a HUSSC: SL award will commit to meeting the criteria throughout their 4-year certification period.

Schools will meet all the requirements of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program, including meal requirements.

Schools will serve reimbursable meals that reflect good menu planning principles, such as serving a variety of healthier foods that look good, taste good, and appeal to the cultural sensitivities of the school and community populations.

Schools will plan meals that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; that include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Schools will offer foods that ensure that students can select a meal that meets all the HUSSC: SL criteria. Such foods should be routinely selected by students, not just token foods to meet HUSSC: SL criteria.