THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
When thinking of summer meal programs, what comes to mind? Hot lunches and fresh produce bars? Themed menus made with fresh, local foods? Taste tests and cooking lessons? Summer meal sponsors nationwide are working hard to make sure these practices are the new norms, and the positive movement is spreading.
To recognize these outstanding sponsors—sponsors who are dedicated to offering high quality summer meals –USDA created an award affectionately known as Turnip the Beet.
This award is an excellent way to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in the SFSP and to share creative ideas with other sponsoring organizations. Being selected as a winner brings a sense of pride and validation to your program and your community.
For more information on the contest criteria and how to apply go to:
2017 Summer Meals Turnip the Beet Awards
Please send your submission to SED by September 15, 2017.
Questions can be directed to Meghan Taney in the Child Nutrition Office at 518-486-1086.