​​​​​​Children's Health Awareness Program in Schools

           making American schools healthy, one child at a time 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, held this year on March 2nd, is an annual event that gives an opportunity to NOVA students to influence food served in schools. 

The goal of this challenge was for teams of 2-5, each from different schools, to craft and create a healthy and appetizing menu item, abiding to the USDA guidelines, a provided budget, and certain ingredients, to ultimately feature the winning meal in school cafeterias across the region next year. 

The lunch entries were judged by a panel of "students, school food professionals, chefs, and local luminaries", one of which was our Founder, Shreya Papneja. 

"It was an incredible experience. Various teams presented their dishes by giving a one minute presentation in which they discussed their inspiration for creating the meal. Each judge was provided with a portion, or sample, of the dish, and then graded its creativity, taste, appearance, and presentation on a scale from one to ten. The scores were then calculated, and the winner was later announced."



Culinary Challenge

​Real Food for Kids