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Student Chef Competition gets a boost from USDA grant

Oct. 19,2020 – Georgia’s School Nutrition Program is one of 15 nationwide recipients of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Team Nutrition Training Grant for FY 2021 and the first Southeastern State to have received the award in more than 10 years. 

USDA made the award announcement on Friday, indicating that over $4.1 million is being provided to help “schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences.”

For Georgia’s part, the $190,000 allocation School Nutrition is earmarked to build on the success of our Student Chef Competition and create six standardized recipes for school meals that represent and appeal to the Georgia palate. Georgia will use local agricultural products such as mustard greens, blueberries, and Vidalia onions and students will create and test the recipes. Once standardized, the recipes will be taught and tested at several regionally located School Nutrition manager trainings before a final round of student taste tests are conducted. 

The Georgia School Nutrition ‘Student Chef Competition’ will see its first virtual staging this year, kicking off during the Fall. For more information, please contact Kelley Toon at