KC Healthy Kids Announces New Recipe Contest for Kids

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Fresh, locally grown ingredients and cafeteria-friendly dishes are the focus; contest is open to 3rd through 6th graders in six metro area counties.

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Kansas City’s kids are ready for this challenge, and there’s plenty of locally grown produce they can get their hands on in grocery stores, farmers markets and community supported agriculture programs,” says Rachael McGinnis Millsap,

KC Healthy Kids’ new recipe contest spotlights kids’ culinary skills as they create a healthy lunch recipe that could be served in the school cafeteria.

The Ultimate Eat Local Recipe Challenge is open to 3rd through 6th graders in Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. Enter by November 30 for a chance to advance to the final showdown at the I Am Here Youth Summit March 2.

“I think Kansas City’s kids are ready for this challenge, and there’s plenty of locally grown produce they can get their hands on in grocery stores, farmers markets and community supported agriculture programs,” says Rachael McGinnis Millsap, director of the Farm to School Academy, which hosts the contest. “Their own back yards or school gardens may even hold that special ingredient that can land them in the winners circle,” she adds.

Recipes must include at least one fresh, locally grown ingredient and will be judged based on creativity, healthy ingredients, use of fresh, local produce that’s available Kansas and Missouri during the contest timeframe, and it’s adaptability for a school setting (no grilling, barbecuing or frying).

Full instructions and guidelines are online at http://www.kchealthykids.org/eat-local-recipe-challenge/

The Farm to School Academy engages school staff and faculty, district stakeholders, parents and students in activities that increase awareness of our local food system and generate excitement about the possibilities for bringing fresher, local food to schools.

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KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, KC Healthy Kids shapes policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings, and, ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn, and play.

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