PCRM Seeks Nominees for the Golden Carrot Awards
While the healthfulness of school lunches is slowly improving, many children get by on a diet of chicken nuggets, French fries, and cheese pizza during the school day. However, some students are lucky enough to dine on fresh vegetables, hearty bean soups, veggie burgers, and other low-fat vegetarian fare. To recognize those food service professionals who are going the extra mile to help kids stay healthy, PCRM is seeking nominees for its fourth annual Golden Carrot Awards.
PCRM established the Golden Carrot Awards in 2004 to recognize food service professionals doing an exceptional job of improving the healthfulness of school lunches. PCRM is particularly interested in schools that provide plenty of low-fat, vegan, whole grain, and nondairy options. PCRM is also looking for food service professionals that have implemented effective and innovative nutrition education programs, such as a school garden or 5-a-day programs.
Last year’s grand prize winner was Irmgard James of Oak Grove School in Ojai, Calif. All the food served at the school is vegetarian, and the entire menu is free of sugar and white flour. The daily salad bar features raw and steamed vegetables, such as artichokes, bok choy, parsnips, leeks, pumpkins, yams, and sweet potatoes. The four runners-up included two public school food service directors who were working to overcome the hurdles of the Commodity Food Program and to provide more fresh vegetables and vegetarian entrées on the menu.
The grand prize for the Golden Carrot Awards is $5,000, with $1,500 going to the food service professional and $3,500 going to the school’s food service program. Up to four additional $1,000 awards will be given to other winners. All nominations must be received by June 11, 2007.