Release No. 0253.11
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack
Announces Finalists in Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition
Student Chefs Compete for Grand Prize
in National Cook-Off
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack announced today the finalists in First Lady Michelle Obama's Recipes for
Healthy Kids competition, a national contest to promote healthy eating among
children. The first place recipes from categories of Whole Grains, Dark Green
and Orange Vegetables, and Dry Beans and Peas will compete for the Grand Prize
at a national cook-off event during the American Culinary Federation National
Convention in Dallas, Texas, on July 25.
"Creating and consuming nutritious meals provides a
foundation for healthy lives among America's children," said Vilsack. "The Obama
administration supports the many innovative strategies in place that enable our
schoolchildren to learn, thrive, grow – and ultimately win the future. We
congratulate these teams on their hard work, creativity, and dedication to
improving the health and nutrition of kids across the country."
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 public also had the opportunity to vote on their
favorite selection in the Popular Choice Award. The honoree for the Popular
Choice Award, Tasty Tots from Bellingham Memorial Middle School
Bellingham, Mass., will receive $1,500.
The first, second, and runner-up winning recipes and
schools for each category are:
Dark Green and Orange Vegetables
First Place: Central Valley Harvest Bake,
Joshua Cowell School, Manteca, Calif.
Second Place: Stir-Fry Fajita Chicken,
Squash, and Corn, Monument Valley High School, Kayenta Unified School
District, Kayenta, Ariz.
Runner-up: Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap,
Mount Lebanon Elementary School, Pendleton, S.C.
First Place: Porcupine Sliders, Intermediate
District 287, South Education Center Alternative, Richfield, Minn.
Second Place: Chic' Penne, Harold S.
Winograd K-8 School Mission, Greeley, Colo.
Runner-up: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad,
Bellingham Memorial Middle School, Bellingham, Mass.
Dry Beans and Peas
First Place: Tuscan Smoked Turkey & Bean
Soup, Ira B. Jones Elementary School, Asheville, N.C.
Second Place: Lentils of the Southwest,
Sweeney Elementary School, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe, N.M.
Runner-up: Confetti Soup, Burke Middle and
High School, Charleston County School District, Charleston, S.C.
To recognize and share the culinary creativity
nationwide, the top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes
for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service oversees the
administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the child
nutrition programs. Improving child nutrition is also a focal point of the
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that was signed in to law by President Obama in
December 2010. This legislation authorizes USDA's child nutrition programs,
Summer Food Service Program and the
National School Lunch Program, which serves nearly 32 million children each
day. It will allow USDA, for the first time in over 30 years, the chance to make
real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the
critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children. The Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act is the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle
Obama's Let's Move! initiative. To learn more, visit