You are here

Celebrate Summer

Turnip the Beet Awards - 2022

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.Last year, the USDA FNS recognized 84 summer meal sponsors with Turnip the Beet awards for excellence: 14 sponsors qualified for a gold award; 54 qualified for a silver award; and 16 qualified for a bronze award. Winners from WI included the Green Bay Area Public Schools - Food Service Department, Stevens Point Area Public School District, and the UW Health Summer Food Service Program!

To apply or to nominate another agency:

  1. Review the Overview of the Turnip the Beet Awards 
  2. Complete the Nomination Form 
  3. Email to by October 7, 2022

Celebrate Cucumber Crunch

Celebrate summer by participating in the Cucumber Crunch! This is a simple, celebratory event to promote local foods and farm to summer. Pick any date this summer and have staff and children crunch into local cucumbers.  

Cucumber Crunch FactsheetWI Cucumber Crunch Logo

How to Participate


Hey Did You Know?




Summer Meals Week - June 20 - 24, 2022

Celebrate Summer Meals Week, June 20 - 24, 2022! Thank you to our summer meal partners for your commitment to ensuring all children in Wisconsin have access to high-quality, nutritious meals this summer!

For questions about this information, contact Amy Kolano (608) 266-7124