“When we serve our children healthy school meals, we’re making a critical investment in their academic performance, their physical health and their future.” With these words, U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Kathleen Merrigan, announced the recipients of a $5.2 million federal Team Nutrition grant on September 14, 2012. Funded in support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Team Nutrition grant funds are earmarked to assist schools as they strive to meet the new school meal requirements, encourage HealthierUS School Challenge participation, support students’ nutritious choices by structuring the cafeteria environment in a way that encourages the selection of healthy foods and promote healthier environments to align with the Local Wellness Policy requirements established in the Act. The Office of Child Nutrition is pleased to announce that West Virginia is among the 19 states and one U.S. territory selected to share in these grant funds. West Virginia will receive $346,515 from the USDA over the next two years to assist the OCN in achieving the following Team Nutrition goals: - Provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition foodservice professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children; - Provide fun and interactive nutrition education for children, teachers, parents and other caregivers; and - Build school and community support for creating healthy school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity. For additional information regarding this Team Nutrition grant, please contact Janet Yost at email@example.com or Keri Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-558-3396.