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Time is Ticking! Final Days to Submit Your Favorite Recipe

As schools across the country entered the holiday break, we sent out a friendly reminder that the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition is coming to a close December 30 at 5:00 p.m. But it is not too late for teams across the country to get their winning recipes in and make a difference in the lives of millions of kids. Right now, teams are perfecting their recipes and working to improve school meals and the health of children. The competition - part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative - will draw on the talents of chefs, students, school nutrition professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. Improving child nutrition is also a focal point of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that recently passed Congress and was signed by President Obama on December 13, 2010. USDA is working to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for nearly 32 million children. Consistent with that objective, this competition allows teams the opportunity to present unique recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. Each submission must meet nutritional requirements in three categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas. With next week’s deadline quickly approaching, we encourage everyone to get their recipes in as soon as possible! The judges are eagerly awaiting their chance to taste-test the delicious recipes you turn in! For further information about the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition, visit the contest Web site at