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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can children of all ages enter the contest?

A: No, only parents and legal guardians may enter this contest on behalf of their children who are ages 8-12 at the time of entry.

Q: I have more than one eligible child. Can I enter more than one child?

A: Yes, although each child must be entered separately.

Q: Can parents (or legal guardians) with children enrolled in United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, enter the contest?

A: Yes, you and your child are eligible to enter if you reside within the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the District of Columbia. Entries will be judged with others from the same state or territory.

Q: Can I enter a recipe from a cookbook or other previously published resource?

A: No, only original recipes that you and your child create yourselves are eligible.

Q: Can parents and children work together on their recipes?

A: Yes! We encourage you to work together to come up with a recipe that is healthy, tastes great, is creative, original and affordable, and has a story behind it. For guidelines on healthy eating, visit MyPlate.

Q: Can I include a photo of my child?

A: No, to protect your child's privacy, we ask that you do not include a photo of your child with your initial submission. When you take a photo of your recipe, please do not include your child, or any other people, in the photo.

Q: Can I change my recipe once I’ve submitted it?

A: No, once you’ve submitted your child’s recipe you cannot make changes. All submissions are final.

Q: How are the winners selected?

Our judges will be scoring entries in two rounds. First, judges will review all submitted materials and select up to three (3) finalists from each state/territory based on the following criteria: (50%) healthy nutritional value of the recipe (making half the plate or recipe fruit-and-vegetable based, and incorporating lean proteins and low-fat dairy and whole grains into the recipe and/or dish); (25%) perceived taste; (15%) creativity and originality; (5%) affordability; and (5%) the accompanying written narrative describing your recipe. If you are a finalist, this does not mean you’ve won. It means you’ve moved into the second and final round of judging. At this point, the finalists' recipes will be professionally prepared, and judges will re-judge the finalists' entries based on the above criteria, but now taking into account the results of the recipe test preparation. Entries will be judged only against the other entries submitted from the same state or territory. See Official Rules for more details

Q: What does it mean to be chosen as a finalist?

If you are a finalist, this does not mean you’ve won. It means you’ve moved into the second and final round of judging. (See above.)

Q: How many winners will be chosen?

A: We will be selecting one recipe from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands (56 potential total winners).

Q: What do the winners win?

A: The prize includes:  a free, round-trip flight from within the 48 contiguous United States to Washington, DC, and hotel accommodations for the winning child and parent or legal guardian. See Official Rules for more details. The child and parent or guardian will also have the opportunity to attend the 5th Kids' "State Dinner" hosted by The White House.

Q: If we win, which airport would we use?

A: Your flight would depart from, and return to, the major commercial airport within the 48 contiguous United States nearest your primary residence, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Q: When will winners be notified?

A: We will contact all winners in June 2016. For a full list of winners, check this website, or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Winner List, Healthy Lunchtime Challenge 2016, c/o WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02135

Q: When is the Kids' "State Dinner"?

A: A Kids' "State Dinner" will likely be held in summer of 2016. Additional details will be made available to the contest winners as soon as they are available.

Q: If our recipe is chosen, can my whole family attend the Kids' "State Dinner"?

A: No, admission will only be granted to one child and one parent or guardian.

Q: If our recipe is chosen, can additional family members travel to Washington D.C. with us?

A: Additional family members can travel with you, although they will have to make their own travel arrangements and be financially responsible for their travel expenses, up to and including an extra rollaway bed, if they stay in the winner’s hotel room. Only the winner and one parent or guardian will be able to attend the first night’s Welcome Dinner event at the hotel. All family members are invited to all events preceding the Welcome Dinner. 

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