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School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants

FNS awarded four cooperative agreements to Boise State University, Chef Ann Foundation, Full Plates Full Potential, and Illinois Public Health Institute to support the development and implementation of the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants. The sub-grants will support collaborative projects between school districts, food producers, suppliers, distributors, and/or community partners to stimulate the creation of a resilient, equitable, and nutritious school food system.


Center for School and Community Partnerships at Boise State University

The first round of recipients for the Supporting Community Agriculture and Local Education Systems (Project SCALES) sub-grants include 12 rural school districts.

SCALES - supporting community agriculture and lodal education systems
  • Attica Central School District, New York
    Growing Minds with Attica Meals
  • Chariho Regional School District, Rhode Island
    Growing Together: Empowering Schools and Communities to Connect with Local Food Systems
  • Concrete School District, Washington
    Teaching and Feeding Students with Local, Seasonal Agriculture
  • Eastern Allamakee Community School District, Iowa
    Health is Kee
  • Gooding Joint School District, Idaho
    Locally Sourced, Community Strong: Elevating School Meals for a Sustainable Tomorrow
  • Inchelium School District, Washington
    Celebrating Local Traditions
  • Marsing School District, Idaho
    Homegrown for Healthy Roots: A Regional School Food System
  • Nevada City School of the Arts (NCSA), California
    NCSA’s Nourish Collective
  • Petersburg Borough School District, Alaska
    Growing Together: Enhancing School Nutrition through Farm Collaborations and
    Innovative Transportation Solutions in Southeast Alaska
  • Springville Griffith Institute, New York
    Harvest to Plate, Farm to Cafeteria, Meat Processing Project
  • Yosemite Unified School District, California
    Improving School Meals through Farm to Fork
  • Yuba Environmental Science (YES) Charter Academy, California
    The YES Community Project

Boise State University’s Center for School and Community Partnerships will work with school nutrition directors over a two-year period to build partnerships for innovative solutions to increase local procurement in school meal programs. Grant awards are up to $150,000 each in the first round. To learn more about the Project SCALES grantees, view this spreadsheet and to stay up to date regarding the second round of funding opportunities visit

Chef Ann Foundation

There are eight recipients for the Partnerships for Local Agriculture and Nutrition Transformation in Schools (PLANTS) sub-grants.

HMI Plants
  • Anchorage Student Nutrition Food System Transformation, Alaska
    Anchorage School District
  • Building an Equitable, Resilient Regional Supply Chain for K-12 Schools in New England, Massachusetts
    Common Wealth Kitchen
  • Detroit Farms Growing the Whole Child, Michigan
    Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of School Nutrition
  • Increasing School Nutrition Quality in Central and Eastern Washington through Local Food Value Chain Coordination and Scratch Cooking Assistance, Washington
    Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101
  • Iowa Farm to School Training Collaborative: Building Resilience and Capacity for the Future of Farm to School in Iowa, Iowa
    Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development
  • Local GREENS (Growing Resilient Equitable Ecosystem for Nutrition in Schools) Muskegon County, Michigan
    Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • New Roots Community Farm Project, West Virginia
    New Roots Community Farm
  • Sea-to-School for Student Health, Vibrant Communities, and a Thriving Seafood Economy, Maine
    Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Chef Ann Foundation will work with these recipients to transform school food supply chains through systemic and equity-driven approaches to strengthening relationships among community-based food system stakeholders and school food authorities as well as expand scratch cooking in schools. Grant awards are up to $600,000 each. To learn more about PLANTS and the grantee projects, view this spreadsheet or visit .

Full Plates Full Potential

There are seven (7) recipients for the School Food System Innovation Grant.

Full Plates Full Potential
  • Auburn Public Schools, Maine
    School-Based Food Hub
  • Five Pillars Butchery, Maine
    Halal Meal Production Lab
  • Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Maine
    Fisherman Feeding K-12 Mainers
  • Maine Food Strategy/Maine Food Convergence, Maine
    Local Food Switchboard
  • Peak Season, Maine
    Streamlining Access to Maine Grown K-12 Products
  • RSU 54/MSAD 54, Maine
    Somerset County Farm to School Initiative
  • The Good Crust, Maine
    Good Grains on the Go

Full Plates Full Potential will work with these recipients over a four-year period to support their innovative and collaborative pilot projects that reimagine Maine’s school food system with the potential to be sustained and/or scaled in other regions. Grant awards are up to $1,500,000 each. To learn more about Full Plates Full Potential and the grantee projects, view this spreadsheet or visit

Illinois Public Health Institute

The Illinois Public Health Institute and the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub has announced their first round of 16 recipients for the Spark and Innovation Collaborative Awards.


Spark Awards

  • Greater Wabash Food Council, Illinois
    Planting Farm2School in Southeastern Illinois
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan
    Workshops to Expand Local Purchasing in Schools
  • Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Hmong Professionals, Wisconsin
    Introducing Hmong Cultural Food to the School System
  • Rooted School Indy, Indiana
    Rooted School Indy Food System Hub Strategic Planning
  • Rooted WI, Inc., Wisconsin
    Growing for Schools
  • The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin
    Growing Capacity and Connections for Hmong Focused Farm to School
  • The Common Market Great Lakes, Illinois
    Lowering Adoption Barrier to Regionally Sourced Foods in Chicagoland Schools

Innovation Collaborative Award

  • Artisan Grains Collaborative, Illinois
    Grains to Trays II
  • Beyond Green, Illinois
    Buy Local, Cook Fresh Illinois
  • FoodRight Inc., Wisconsin
    Good School Food
  • Hundred Acre LLC, Wisconsin
    Bringing Fresh Salad Greens to Schools in Wisconsin
  • Madison Consolidated Schools, Indiana
    Growing Minds
  • Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Wisconsin
    Rising Suns
  • Partridge Creek Farm, Michigan
    Food Futures
  • REAP Food Group, Wisconsin
    School Nutrition Culinary Innovators of Tomorrow
  • Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, Wisconsin
    Building a Farm to School Logistics and Pricing Model for the Great Lakes Region

The Illinois Public Health Institute and the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub will work with the Spark and Innovation Collaborative Awards recipients throughout the grant period to support school food system and marketplace improvements and promote systems-level change. Grant awards are up to $75,000 each for Spark Awards recipients and up to $250,000 each for Innovation Collaborative Awards recipients. To learn more about the Illinois Public Health Institute grantees, view this spreadsheet and to stay up to date regarding the second round of funding opportunities visit

Page updated: July 16, 2024