Turnip the Beet
Texas Award Recipients
Congratulations to our 16 Turnip the Beet winners! These sponsors have earned USDA’s award for going the extra mile in 2021 to provide nutritious and appealing summer meals. They are among an elite group of 84 award-winning sponsors nationwide.
GOLD Awardees SILVER Awardees
      • Austin ISD
      • College Station ISD
      • Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
      • Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD
      • Eagle Pass ISD
      • Lewisville ISD
      • Magnolia ISD
      • North East ISD
      • Pasadena ISD
      • Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
      • Plano ISD
      • Rio Hondo ISD
      • Sharyland ISD
      • Spring ISD
      • Temple ISD
      • YES Prep Public Schools
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!


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


How do Sponsors Apply?
Applications Due September 23, 2022
Submit the following to TDA at
nutrition@texasagriculture.gov:
  • 2022 nomination form
  • Detailed one-month menu
  • Pictures of meals and activities
  • Invoices indicating whole grain rich and local products 


Resources
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.


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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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