Turnip the Beet
2021 Nominations
Thank you to everyone who submitted Summer 2021 Turnip the Beet Nominations. USDA will announce the awardees in Spring 2022.
About the Turnip the Beet Award

The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months. High quality summer meals provide daily energy and help make sure children are healthy and ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. The Turnip the Beet Award program was created to showcase sponsors who are going above and beyond to ensure that children in their care are receiving high-quality meals that are both nutritious and appetizing.

Who is Eligible?
  • All Summer Meal Programs sponsors in good standing, including:
      • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors
      • National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors
  • Sponsors who used USDA waivers in response to COVID-19

How do Sponsors Apply?
Submit the following to TDA at nutrition@texasagriculture.gov:
  • Nomination Form
  • Detailed one-month menu
  • Pictures of meals and activities
  • Invoices indicating whole grain rich and local products 
Sept. 10, 2021

TDA's Turnip the Beet Resource Guide: Informative guide with Turnip the Beet guidelines, deadlines, and tips to receive the highest award possible.

USDA Turnip the Beet Page: USDA Food and nutrition has and abundance of resource available to help create more appetizing, appealing, and nutritious summer meals.

Texas Award Recipients
Congratulations to our seventeen Turnip the Beet winners! These sponsors have earned USDA’s award for going the extra mile in 2018 to provide nutritious and appealing summer meals. They are among an elite group of 118 award-winning sponsors nationwide.
GOLD Awardees SILVER Awardees BRONZE Awardees
      • Hays CISD
      • Laredo ISD
      • Leander ISD
      • Magnolia ISD
      • Plano ISD
      • Austin ISD
      • Garland ISD
      • Grand Prairie ISD
      • Houston ISD
      • Lewisville ISD
      • North East ISD
      • North Texas Food Bank
      • Rio Hondo ISD
      • Smithville ISD
      • Spring ISD
      • Gatesville ISD
      • San Marcos CISD
To earn this recognition, these sponsors served local foods and a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They served low-fat or fat-free dairy products and culturally-appropriate meals. Hats off for a job well done!

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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