The Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP) announced it was awarded $300,000 through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development.
School systems interested in participating will receive sub-grants to facilitate both student and staff involvement in the development, evaluation, and modification of recipes.
MSDE has partnered with a series of state and local institutions to assist school systems in recipe development and grant participation. These include the Prince George’s County Community College Health, Wellness & Hospitality Department, Maryland Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Program, and Maryland Department of Agriculture. Grant partners will provide expertise, oversight, and training to LEAs across the State.
Additionally, “Maryland farmers, fishers, and University of Maryland Extension Educators will participate in educational opportunities at schools to expand student knowledge of local foods served on their school menu.” (MSDE press release).
According to an MSDE press release:
The USDA grant focuses on the development of at least four new standardized recipes for Maryland schools using local agricultural products. The recipes will be developed in collaboration with Maryland Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program. By engaging a broad range of people within the school community during project development, the recipes will adopt a variety of cultural food preferences. Additionally, recipes will prioritize flavor and presentation, and enhance the overall appeal of school meals. Local foods featured may include kale, collards, mushrooms, radishes, bok choy, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, chicken, and blue catfish.
For more information on Maryland’s Team Nutrition Training Grant, please contact Sara Booker at the MSDE’s Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs at 410-767-0204 or Sara.Booker@Maryland.gov.