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WHAT is the Great School Lunch Contest?

This competition for students in grades 4–8 and 9–12 challenges teams, along with an adult advisor, to create an exciting new lunch featuring beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas, collectively known as pulse crops or pulses.

WHO can enter?

Teams of 2–3 students in grades 4–8 and 9–12, each led by an adult advisor. Teams must reside and attend schools in the United States.

WHEN can teams enter?

The contest launches December 7, 2015 and concludes March 31, 2016.


The top three teams from each grade group will receive cash prizes for their school.

The top three teams in grades 9–12 will have the opportunity to participate in a culinary competition at the 2016 School Nutrition Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, including a special culinary session at the Culinary Institute of America.

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