USDA Launches Summer Foodservice Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services launched a photo contest to look and promote best practices in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The contest—Food, Fun and the Sun! The Summer Food Service Program Story and Photo Contest—is open to sponsors and sites participating in the SFSP.

The contest will highlight successful programs in four categories: Volunteers (examples of programs that use volunteers to support their work), Older Children (examples of successful programs that address hunger among older kids aged 12-18), Rural (examples of successful programs in rural areas) and Creative (examples of the best creative programs that think outside the box to serve kids and teens).

“We must do all we can to ensure that children get nutritious food during the summer so they are ready to learn and succeed during the school year,” Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, said in a press release. “This contest helps highlight the critical role of summer meals and summer feeding programs in ending childhood hunger and providing our children the nutrition needed to be healthy, active and ready to win the future.”

For more details about the contest, including submission guidelines and contest rules, visit challenge.gov/USDA/195-food-fun-and-sun-story-and-photo-challenge.