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Third Annual School Lunch Challenge
Sat, March 18, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Join us for the 3rd 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 2017-2018 school year. A team made up of Family and Consumer Science Teachers from Clarke County School District, the 2016 overall winner, returns this year to defend their title against new competitors Last Resort Grill, The Place, and Taqueria del Sol!
This year's event will include cooking demonstrations from local chefs and organizations, 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 A display of historical documents and artifacts related to the history of the National School Lunch Program will also be on display.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: jars of peanut butter, individual oatmeal packs, beef ravioli (pop top cans), chicken and rice (pop top cans), mac and cheese (individual dry packs), and raisins (individual boxes).
The 2017 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 inside 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 email@example.com 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.