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Program Partnerships

The nation-wide success of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is thanks in part to amazing partner organizations who share our vision to improve school nutrition environments. If you would like to become a Smarter Lunchrooms Movement partner, contact us.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Healthy Schools Program: Framework of Best Practices

Smarter Lunchrooms is integrated into the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Criteria.  To gain recognition, schools must promote healthy food and beverage choices through ten or more of thirteen pre-selected scorecard items. Smarter Lunchrooms is included in Alliance trainings with nation-wide reach. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s mission is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits. They tackle this goal through collaborating with leaders to transform important environments in the child’s life that can influence their health such as homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities. Smarter Lunchrooms Movement works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to make the lunchroom environment healthier.

Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids recognizes Smarter Lunchrooms as an effective way to support improvements in the school nutrition environment. Therefore, Smarter Lunchrooms is included in several state grant opportunities provided by Action for Healthy Kids.  Several state representatives are certified Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Providers. Action for Healthy Kids helps schools become healthier places by fighting childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity. They have a grassroot network of more than 100,000 individuals, more than 75 organizations, corporation and government agencies. The overall goal of the organization is to ensure that all U.S. schools provide healthy foods, quality health, and PE to all students by 2030. They intend to do this by developing plans to implement district wellness policies, health programs and practices, and school-family-community partnerships. Action for Healthy Kids partners with Smarter Lunchrooms aid in their goal of preventing childhood obesity by improving the lunchroom environment by making it healthier.

Blue Zones Project

The Smarter Lunchrooms strategies are incorporated into the Blue Zones Project criteria.  Schools can become Blue Zone certified if they can score a certain number of points—one way to do that is to use the Smarter Lunchroom strategies. Blue Zones is a term used to describe demographic or geographic regions of the world where people live markedly longer lives. The Blue Zones Project addresses the nine secrets of longevity to improve where we live, work, learn, and play. In terms of school food, they are devoted to helping schools implement programs and policies that help children create healthy habits.


The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement has an ongoing partnership allowing the collection of extensive production and waste records and testing of behavioral economics strategies in school lunchrooms. Chartwells is a national food service provider that serves 575 public school districts and private schools, consisting of approximately 4,000 elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. They are devoted to serving nutritious and delicious food to students. Chartwells and Cornell University recently partnered to study the impacts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and how the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement can help students embrace nutritious foods.

HealthierUS School Challenge

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard is a key part of the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge criteria for Excellence. The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is a certification recognizing schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity, voluntarily. Achieving HUSSC:SL is an excellent way to improve the perception of the school food environment.  It demonstrates strong commitment to student health.  HUSSC: SL has been awarded to schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of November 2016 there are 4,329 schools certified.

Team Nutrition

USDA Team Nutrition grants provided to state Departments of Education incorporate Smarter Lunchrooms as a required metric for the food environment. Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that aims to support Child Nutrition Programs. They do this through providing training and technical assistance for food service, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. Many states have used Team Nutrition funding to make Smarter Lunchrooms improvements.

Team up for Success

Team up for Success is part of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The initiative aims to maintain strong student participation in school meal programs while enhancing the programs by providing technical assistance to school nutrition professionals. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is a best practice promoted by Team up for Success in creating healthy changes to the lunchroom environment.


The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement meets multi-level policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) intervention goals for SNAP-Ed.  The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement support SNAP-Ed’s goal of enhancing MyPlate behaviors (MT1), builds new partnerships (ST6) with teachers, administrators, and school nutrition professionals in order identify opportunities for change (ST4) and assists in making lasting changes in the school environment by adopting nutrition supports (MT4).  The Smarter Lunchrooms  Scorecard is incorporated into "SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States", a compilation of interventions designed to help state SNAP-Ed implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and PSE strategies and interventions.  

SNAP-Ed is the educational part of SNAP that works to promote nutrition and prevent obesity in SNAP participants. SNAP-Ed representatives around the country are implementing Smarter Lunchrooms strategies in lunchrooms to aid in their mission.