Ultimate Eat Local Recipe Challenge

The Eat Local Recipe Challenge is open to kids in pre-K through 8th grade in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. The contest asks children to work together with their families to create a nutritious lunch recipe using at least one local ingredient.

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Recipes will be judged according to:

  • Creativity
  • Healthy ingredients
  • Use of fresh, local produce that’s available Kansas and Missouri during the contest timeframe. (Not sure? Use this handy guide: http://seasonalandsimple.info)
  • Ability to be recreated in a school setting (no grilling, barbecuing or frying)

Finalists will be showcased at the KC Healthy Kids Youth Summit in March. Prizes include a culinary gift basket, cooking with a Carrot Gold chef and having your recipe added to our Farm to School Academy cookbook.

An initiative of the Farm to School Academy, the contest is a wonderful opportunity for children to showcase their originality, buy local produce or use produce grown in their gardens, develop healthy eating habits and spend valuable time with the family in the kitchen. We encourage you to join in the fun!

Key Dates

  • Contest Begins: June 13, 2017
  • Contest Ends: November 30, 2017
  • Finalist Notified: January 2018
  • Awards Ceremony: March 2018


The Farm to School Academy recipe contest was created to empower children and their families to get out into their communities and find local food at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Children are also able to use food grown in community or family gardens. The contest asks children to develop their lunch themed recipe including one local or grown ingredient and will be evaluated on:

  • Creativity
  • Healthy attributes
    • Use of fresh, local fruit and/or vegetables
    • Ingredients that are available in Kansas and Missouri
  • Ability to be recreated in a school setting
    • Preferably no grilling, barbecuing or frying
    • Healthier seasoning options (minimal salt and sugar)
    • Quick and easy to prepare

You don’t have to worry about calorie counts, but here’s a handy chart to help you choose healthy ingredients:

If your recipe calls for: Use:
Bread or Pasta > Whole Grain
Meat > Low-fat protein like chicken or turkey
Dairy > Low-fat or part-skim
Lots of Salt and/or Sugar > A different idea

Who Can Enter

Grades: Pre-K through 8th
Counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri, and Johnson County and Wyandotte in Kansas.

What to Enter

Third- through sixth-grade participants must submit 3-5 photos meeting the following conditions:

  1. Participant attaining local ingredient (With farmer at the market, at store, in garden!)
  2. Participant preparing the recipe
  3. Participant and prepared recipe
  4. Final prepared recipe

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted electronically and should be posted no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on November 30, 2017. Contest Period entries will be accepted June 13 to November 30, 2017.


Entries will be judged based on use of local ingredients, creativity, healthy attributes and ability to be recreated in a school setting. Participants are allowed to submit 3-5 photos.

Top three finalists will be determined by attendees at the KC Healthy Kids Youth Summit. Judges are food service staff participating in the Farm to School Food Service Leadership Academy.

Technical Requirements

Photos must be in digital format. Photos may not be enhanced with filters, frames, type or other effects. Only minor adjustments such as cropping and/or color correction are acceptable.


Participants with the highest scoring recipes and one adult chaperone for each will win admission to the KC Healthy Kids Youth Summit in March 2018 . Top three finalists will be determined at event!

Finalists will receive Farm to School Academy prize packs during the event. Other top participants will be featured in KC Healthy Kids Farm to School cookbook!

Terms and Conditions

By entering the Farm to School Academy recipe contest, entrants agree to accept the competition rules and its terms and conditions. Entrants agree that any image submitted to the competition may be used by KC Healthy Kids for advancing its nonprofit mission in present and future years. Uses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inclusion within any materials promoting the contest and any exhibitions organized by KC Healthy Kids; and
  • Display on KC Healthy Kids website, social media platforms, reports and briefs, or other similar promotional or educational materials.

By participating in the Contest, participants and winner agree to release, discharge and hold harmless KC Healthy Kids, and its agents, directors, officers, employees, insurers, affiliates, predecessors, successors, representatives, and legal advisors, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest, from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising out of or relating to Contest, participation in the Contest, any award, or any portion thereof that may have been offered, and/or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any award, or any portion thereof that may have been offered, including but not limited to statutory and common law claims for misappropriation or participants right of publicity.

Participants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel any and all entries made to the Farm to School Academy Recipe Contest by emailing such request to KC Healthy Kids (info@kchealthykids.org)

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