"In these tough economic times, many schools are struggling to provide students with a healthful variety of foods," PCRM nutritionist Kathryn Strong, R.D., said in a press release. "The Golden Carrot Awards recognize food service workers who overcome those challenges to serve delicious and healthful vegetarian and vegan foods."
The Golden Carrot Awards honor food service professionals in both public and private schools. Schools are evaluated on how well they provide students with a daily variety of vegan and vegetarian entrées, à la carte items, and vending machine items. Offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables, nondairy beverages, low-fat and cholesterol-free foods along with the availability, use and effectiveness of nutrition education and other innovative programs will also be reviewed.
The deadline for nominations is April 8. A PDF entry form and a more detailed explanation of the award criteria are available at www.HealthySchoolLunches.org.