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2019 Show Us Your Tray Photo Contest

Last Published: 10/05/2018

The Show Us Your Tray Photo Contest is back and we want to see how you use USDA Foods in your school meals!

Inspire other foodservice professionals and submit a picture of your most creative dish. It could be a main entrée, a side dish, or even a tasty dessert. With more than 200 USDA Foods items available, we want to highlight each food group and the innovative ways in which they can be used. Show us how you use USDA Foods proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy to liven up your meals! Your submissions will provide other foodservice professionals with healthy, creative, kid-approved meal ideas using USDA Foods.

Interested in showing us what you can do? Choose one or more of the following categories to showcase your most creative dish using USDA Foods.

Category Description
USDA Foods Gold Tray Award Show us the rainbow! This is the highest honor and feature the most innovative use of more than one USDA Food including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.  Submit a photo of a colorful tray that creatively displays kid-approved dishes using direct-delivered USDA Foods.
Say Cheese Award Dairy products are great addition to any meal. Submit a photo of a menu item that creatively displays a kid-approved dish using direct-delivered USDA Foods cheese and/or yogurt.
Protein Power Award Proteins pack a powerful punch in any meal. This category will feature the most creative dish using animal or plant-based proteins on the Foods Available List. Submit a photo of a menu item that creatively displays a kid-approved dish using direct-delivered USDA Foods poultry, pork, beef, fish, legumes, nuts, or seeds.
Great Grains Award Go further with fiber! This category will feature the most creative dish using grains on the Foods Available List. Submit a photo of a menu item that creatively displays a kid-approved dish using direct-delivered USDA Foods whole grain or whole grain-rich options.

Previous Award Winners

2017 Show Us Your Tray Winner
Baja Cantina Nachos
2016 Show Us Your Tray Winner
Mandarin Chicken Salad
2017 Show Us Your Tray Winner
Prince William County School District, VA
2016 Show Us Your Tray Winner
Duvall County School District, FL

Interested in showing us what you can do? Download the 2019 Show Us Your Tray Submission details to see the new award categories this year, review the contest rules, download a sample submission email, and read our tips for top-notch photos.         

The USDA Foods Show Us Your Tray Photo Contest begins November 1, 2018, and ends January 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please send all entries to the USDA Foods mailbox (USDAFoods@fns.usda.gov).