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December 10, 2015

TopDecember 10, 2015

Dear Food Service Directors and Business Officials:
The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) invites eligible California school food authorities (SFA) to apply for the Team Nutrition (TN) Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) of California (CA) (TN SLM of CA) grant. The NSD will clarify the TN SLM of CA Grant Instructions and Guidelines in a forthcoming notification titled TN SLM of CA Grant Application Clarification.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at 4 p.m. Pacific time.

Grant Overview
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $340,000 to the CDE for the TN SLM of CA project. The CDE will fund approximately 25 SFAs through a competitive grant process to implement SLM principles and nutrition education at two school sites. Each awarded SFA will receive up to $13,600. The grant period is March 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

Program History
The SLM is an evidence-based method of promoting healthful eating behaviors using low- and no-cost practices that have proven successful in schools across the country. The SLM began in 2009 as a USDA behavioral economics research initiative that focuses on child nutrition. The goal of the initiative is to improve the food choices children make in the school meal programs. For more information about the SLM, visit the CDE SLM Web page at 

Grant Application Package and Deadline
The TN SLM of CA grant application package and instructions are available on the CDE TN SLM of CA Grant Request for Applications Web page at

The online application closes on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at 4 p.m. Pacific time, at which time applications will no longer be accepted.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact Crystal Young, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, by phone at 916-322-3425, or the CDE TN SLM team by e-mail


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About California Project LEAN
California Project LEAN, a program of the Public Health Institute, works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases. California Project LEAN efforts center on youth, parent and resident empowerment approaches, Policy and Environmental change Strategies (PSE), and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments. For more information, go to www.CaliforniaProjectLEAN.org.
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