Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program
The Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program (INNSGP) awards funding to a variety of agencies to provide nutrition education in schools in low-income areas. Elgible schools must have 55% (rural areas) and 60% (urban areas) or more of the students participate in free and reduced price meals.
The program aims to increase the likelihood that families experiencing poverty can make healthy food choices consistent with USDA’s MyPlate. To meet this goal, the Iowa Nutrition Network delivers traditional nutrition education along with social marketing strategies and policy, system and environmental change initiatives.
The INNSGP is often referred to as Pick a better snackTM. Click here for a one-page document about the program.
Currently, 22 school districts and 18 subcontractors participate in the school grant program. For information about specific schools participating in the program, click here.
Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a program called SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education). SNAP-Ed supports programming designed to encourage healthy behaviors among SNAP-eligible audiences.