||DALLAS, July 26, 2011 – USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator
Audrey Rowe yesterday announced the winner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s
Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. The contest launched last year to
challenge students, parents and other interested community members to create
tasty and healthy new recipes for America’s school cafeteria menus.
Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative in Richfield,
Minn. captured the Grand Prize with its Porcupine Sliders, in a national cook-off held
during the American Culinary Federation National Convention, from among 340
recipes originally submitted by schools across the country. White House chef Sam
Kass acted as master of ceremonies for the cook-off.
“Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative and all of the schools that participated in the competition have demonstrated once again that school meals can be healthy – and taste great too,” said Rowe. “This is an outstanding achievement for our kids and for our efforts to bring healthier meals and healthier lifestyles to schools across the nation.”
Finalists in today’s recipe cook-off also included Central Valley Harvest Bake, submitted by Joshua
Cowell School in Manteca, Calif.; and Tuscan Smoked Turkey & Bean Soup submitted by
Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, N.C. Competing teams submitted
recipes in three categories: Dry Beans, Dark Green-Orange Vegetables, and Whole
Grains. The top 10 recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for
Healthy Kids cookbook to share with schools, students and families.
USDA and the First Lady launched the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition last September,
challenging teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and
community members to develop creative, nutritious, and kid-approved recipes that
schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus. The
contest is a component of the First Lady’s broader Let’s Move! initiative that
also includes Chefs Move to Schools, which encourages chefs to work with schools
in their communities.
The National School Lunch Program is one of 15 nutrition assistance programs
administered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Together these programs,
which also include the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, comprise
a national safety net against hunger.
Additional information about USDA’s nutrition assistance programs can be
found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/.