Second Annual School Lunch Challenge
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Join us for the 2nd Annual School Lunch Challenge -- a fun, educational event engaging the Athens community with the past, present, and future of the National School Lunch Program!
The centerpiece of this event is a cooking competition which invites participating teams, drawn from local restaurants, non-profit organizations, and community groups, and advised by members of the Clarke County School District (CCSD), to create dishes in accordance with USDA guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. All attendees will be invited to sample the food and vote for a crowd favorite. A panel of student judges drawn from CCSD schools will vote to determine an overall winner. The winning team’s plate will be incorporated into the CCSD school lunch menu during the 2016-2017 school year. The National team, the 2015 overall winner, returns this year to defend their title against new competitors The Pine, Pulaski Heights BBQ, and a team made up of famliy and consumer science teachers from the Clarke County School District!
Local chef Hugh Acheson will serve as the 2016 Master of Ceremonies. This year's event will include cooking demonstrations from local chefs, focused on healthy snacks and meals that can be prepared by kids. Organizations connected to sustainable agriculture, community gardens, childhood nutrition, and farm to school programs in the Athens area will host information tables at the event. A display of historical documents and artifacts related to the history of the National School Lunch Program will also be on display.
This event is free and open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend and registration is capped at 200 people. Attendees are encouraged to bring donation items to benefit the Food 2 Kids program operated by the Foodbank of Northeast Georgia. Requested items include beans-n-franks (pop-top cans) and jars of peanut butter.
The 2016 School Lunch Challenge is sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Clarke County School District, the Athens Land Trust, Athens Farm to School, UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Department of Foods and Nutrition, The Fresh Market, Seed Life Skills, and Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available onsite at Whitehead Road Elementary School. Once you pull onto Quailwood Drive (from Whitehead Road), you will see a sign for the Whitehead Road Elementary Annex; turn right at this sign toward the annex building and park in this lot.
The cafeteria is in the main school building, a quick walk away from the parking area. Event volunteers and signs will be there to direct you from parking to the cafeteria.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For more information, contact Jan Hebbard, Outreach Archivist, Richard B. Russell Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 542-5788.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event. We will have a roster of those registered, but having the ticket in hand will serve as a backup in case there are hickups in the system.
When & Where
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system. With particular emphasis on the role of Georgia and the U. S. Congress, current collection development and programming focus on the dynamic relationship of politics, policy, and culture—generated wherever public interest intersects with government.