Healthy Places for Kids to Eat

Healthy Places for Kids to Eat (HPKE), was designed to bring together groups of people who had different types of expertise, different mandates, and different sources of funding.  Their work focused on creating healthier environments in schools and in early care and education settings.  Specifically, the teams worked to implement nutrition standards in schools and early care and education settings, increase the number of salad bars in schools, and/or implement Farm to School or Farm to Preschool programs.  The three-year grant period started October 2013 and ended September 2016.

ASPHN would like to thank all of the states and national partners that were involved in the HPKE.  Although the grant has finished, work is still being done.  If you would like more information please contact amber@asphn.org.

States Participating in HPKE

Nine states from different regions are participating in the HPKE program.  The states and their focus are listed below.

Arizona:  (Nutrition Standards)

As their strategy Arizona is providing technical assistance to 9 local education agencies on wellness policies.  They are using the HPKE program to support their state’s CDc 1305 funding. 

Arkansas:  (Farm to Institution)

Arkansas is working on broadening their state’s support for Farm to Institution through their state’s Coordinated School Health Program and beyond. 

Alaska:  (Salad Bars)

Alaska chose Salad Bars to Schools as their strategy and will focus their efforts on rural school districts.  They want to improve nutrition standards through implementation of salad bars

Maryland:  (Nutrition Standards)

Maryland is focusing their efforts on following up with schools that have completed a statewide wellness policy training.  They are using the HPKE program to support their state’s CDC 1305 funding. 

Minnesota: (Nutrition Standards)

Minnesota is focusing their efforts on improving nutrition environments through increased access to fruits and vegetables in childcare settings.  They are using the HPKE program to support their state’s CDC 1305 funding. 

Missouri:  (Nutrition Standards)

Missouri is focusing on providing culinary skills training to school food service staff so that they are better prepared to implement USDA food service regulations.  They are using the HPKE program to support their state’s CDC 1305 funding. 

New Jersey:  (Farm to Institution)

New Jersey is working on a marketing program to recognize farmers and schools with successful farm to school program. 

Tennessee:  (Farm to Institution)

Tennessee will focus their efforts on farm to preschool programs. 

Utah:  (Nutrition Standards)

Utah will build a state coalition to support this strategy. 


National Partners (NAC)

The national partners in the HPKE program make up NAC. NAC advises the states and provides technical assistance. The national partners are listed below.

Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Networks

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

CDC's Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Chef Ann Foundation

National Farm to School Network

National Center for Cultural Competence

United Fresh Produce Association


NAC partners and HPKE members have shared several helpful resources. To see a list of the resources click on "Continue Story."

Directory of Partners

Networking is an important part of this project. To see the Contact List for HPKE partners from 10-SAN and NAC click on the document.