The Get Food Smart TN Recognition Program is a voluntary recognition program administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices (OPSP). Participants in the program will be recognized for their food waste conscious actions. The goal of the program is to encourage entities not currently engaged in food waste reduction, recovery, and/or diversion to take action.

Participation in the program will be based on submission of information documenting food-waste-conscious actions, through a Get Food Smart TN Recognition Program Application. Upon submission of an application for inclusion in the program, OPSP will assess the submittal to determine fulfillment of program requirements and notify applicants of their acceptance into the program or need for further action.

Inclusion in the program will qualify organizations for a wide range of recognition, branding, and promotional opportunities, as well as technical assistance, and the chance to be named Tennessee Food Smart Organization of the Year.

The Get Food Smart TN program will recognize entities in one (1) of four (4) different categories who satisfy at least five (5) of up to 30 criteria under their category. Categories included under the program are:

Schools - This category includes all public and private schools from Pre-K through High School, as well as colleges and universities.

Restaurants - This category broadly encompasses organizations that prepare and sell food, including commercial kitchens, fast food restaurants, fine dining restaurants, etc.

Government Entities and Non-Profit Organizations - This category includes government agencies at the state and local level and organizations exempt under section 501(c)3 of Internal Revenue Code.

Grocers, Industry, and Agriculture - This category includes organizations involved grocery, industrial, agricultural, and other private business operations.

Criteria for each category can be found in the Get Food Smart TN Recognition Program Application.

Entities certified as a Get Food Smart TN Organization will be asked to submit an Annual Report Form every subsequent year they are enrolled in the program. The reporting form will be emailed to your primary contact for enrollment in Get Food Smart TN and will seek to update information submitted as part of the original application so that TDEC can continue to track the progress of food conscious actions taken by organizations across the state.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Get Food Smart TN program staff directly at

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