Baldwin County School District School Nutrition Department was named the 2021 Turnip the Beet Award Winner by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). They received the GOLD recognition for their Summer 2021 meal service. Only 13 Georgia School Districts/School Food Authorities received this special recognition. Thank you to our school nutrition staff for going above and beyond to provide quality summer meals to our students. This award recognizes sponsors within the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) that go above and beyond program requirements to serve high-quality meals to children during the summer months. This year, 84 sponsors qualified for either a gold, silver, or bronze Turnip the Beet award.
Summer meals are critical in the lives of millions of our nation’s youth, whose risk for food insecurity increases during the summer months when they no longer have access to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program. Summer meal programs, including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) within the NSLP, present the opportunity to help alleviate summertime food insecurity and positively impact children’s growth and development by offering nutritious meals and encouraging children to develop healthy habits at a young age. 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 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.