Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge-Participate or Get the Word Out

A contest for awesome and healthy school recipe launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and First Lady Michelle Obama is under way.  It is called the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge.

You could have an opportunity to:

  • have your recipe judged at a school event with a panel of judges,
  • compete in a national cook-off,
  • have the public pick your recipe as their favorite; and
  • cook alongside White House chefs!        

Cash Prizes are awarded too!  Up to $3,000 for the grand prize winner and a first and second place prize for each food category winner (food categories listed below).

The challenge is to "develop creative, nutritious, tasty and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch menus." 

Recipe must fall under one of these food categories: 1) Whole Grains, 2) Dark Green and Orange Vegetables, or  3) Dry Beans and Peas.

The participants need to have a team of the following:

  • a chef,
  • a school nutrition professional,
  • at least one student currently enrolled in grades 4-12; and 
  • at least one parent or community member.

Requirements for the Recipe:

  • measured in standard U.S. measurement units and weights,
  • a statement affirming the recipe's originality,
  • description of the student taste testing on school letterhead (with quotes from some participating students),
  • a nutrient analysis; and 
  • a photograph of their prepared recipe.

(There are more rules and you can find them here

Important Dates

                Submission Period:
                Last day to submit: Dec 30, 2010 05:00 PM EST
                Judging Period:
                Start: Jan 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST End: May 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT
                Public Voting Period:
                Start: Mar 01, 2011 12:00 PM EST End: May 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT

Get your team together and get creative!  If you don't want to send this on to someone that might!  For more detailed information go to that Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge website.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building