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Summer Nutrition Program Awards

We Want to Celebrate You!

At NCDPI, we know that the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Summer Seamless Option (SSO) School Food Authorities (SFA) and program sponsors in our state are implementing innovative and creative changes to expand their summer nutrition programs. All SFAs and sponsors are encouraged to consider applying to the USDA sponsored and the North Carolina sponsored awards as applicable (see below). Sponsors may be self-nominated or nominated by a third party such as a community partner.  This is a great opportunity to show how you exceeded the 2018 goals!

Eligibility Requirements
Sponsors are required to be in good standing with all School Nutrition Programs. This means the sponsor has had no major findings, program violations, has completed and implemented all corrective actions from the last compliance review, was not found seriously deficient in the past two years, and has never been terminated from the Summer Nutrition Programs.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: All submissions are due no later than Friday, September 14 by 5:00 p.m.

(USDA) Turnip the Beet: High Quality Meals in the Summer Meal Programs

The Turnip the Beet award is a national award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service that recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious. NCDPI recognizes nominees that are recommended for the USDA award.

Award Overview           Nomination Form (.pdf)

Award Description        Nomination Form (.doc)

(NC) Going the Distance in Innovation Award

The Going the Distance in Innovation Award is a state level award that recognizes returning Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option sponsors who implement innovative concepts and marketing strategies in their summer programs to increase participation.

Award Description

(NC) Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes new Summer Nutrition Program sponsors who ran a superior first year of operation that included a menu that promotes a healthy lifestyle and sustainable participation or partnerships.

Award Description

(NC) Superior Site Award

The Superior Site Award will be presented to a SFSP or SSO sponsor and site representative that operated an open site that went above and beyond to gain and maintain participation from the children and local community.

Award Description

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