About Cooking up Change

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Cooking up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that puts student voices front-and-center in the national dialogue about school food.

With limited ingredients, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, teams of high school culinary students take on a big challenge: create a delicious, nutritious school lunch that their peers will
enjoy.

Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago in 2007 to engage students and the broader community in a dialogue about critical changes needed in our nation’s school meal program. Since that time, stronger school food nutrition standards have been implemented, and Cooking up Change students continue to lead the way by re-imagining school meals that are healthy, delicious and fun.

Cooking up Change 2013-14 Teams

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Ten cities across the country hosted Cooking up Change contests last season: Chicago, Houston, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Orange County, Orlando, Wichita and Winston-Salem. Winners from each city traveled to Washington, D.C. for the national finals on June 9, 2014 and raised their voices for healthy school food at a legislative briefing.

Impact of the 2013-2014 Season

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Thanks to our National Sponsors!

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National Silver Sponsor
American Federation of Teachers

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