Ready, Set, Whisk! HSC & National Farm to School Network Launch Cooking up Change National Contest f

February 16, 2010 | Written By:


HSC is proud to announce that we´re teaming up with the National Farm to School Network to create a national version of our signature event, Cooking Up Change.  Teams of high school and college students will have the chance to design their own versions of a healthy school lunch — a meal that tastes great, meets high nutrition standards, and incorporates at least one locally-produced item. Teams will enter online in a qualifying round of competition. Six teams chosen from this national pool of applicants will compete in the finals in May 2010 at Taking Root, the 5th National Farm to Cafeteria conference in Detroit, Michigan.

We´re also thrilled to welcome Karen Duncan, wife of Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan, and Christie Vilsack, wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack, as National Honorary Co-Chairs of Cooking up Change 2010.

Please join us in making this exciting new event a success!

  • Help invite high school and college students to participate! We welcome teams of students to show off their culinary chops on our national stage. To learn more about forming a team, visit

  • Help spread the word! Tweet about Cooking up Change, mention it in your Facebook status, add a badge to your blog or website, or send an e-mail to your network. For tips, badges, flyers and other materials to help spread the word, visit

In addition to spotlighting remarkable student talent, Cooking up Change brings attention to the challenges of serving fresh, healthy school food and the need for reform in our school food system. This focus is especially important and timely as Congress prepares to consider the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act and leaders across the US respond to first lady Michelle Obama’s call to action to end childhood obesity in a generation — especially her focus on school food. 

By the way, HSC will hold our annual flagship Cooking up Change culinary competition in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2010. Save the date!

To learn more and get involved in Cooking up Change, visit

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