Announcing the School Food Journalism Awards!


Earth Day Network has joined forces with author and food activist Michael Pollan, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard Project to launch the first annual Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards. Open to high school students ages 13 to 18, the competition seeks to bring the hard facts about school food to entire school communities – in the students’ own words

The contest launches on the occasion of National School Lunch Week, which runs from Oct. 15 – 19 this year. Pollan, author of four New York Times best-sellers, will judge the finalists. Here’s what he had to say:

“High school journalism classes and school newspapers are the incubators for tomorrow’s great journalists. And most importantly, young people listen to what their peers are saying. This contest is designed to help those young thought leaders hone their investigative journalism skills and get their peers engaged on a critical issue affecting their own well-being and that of the environment.”

Now, you might be asking, “What could I win?” You could win cash for yourself and your class:

·         First prize: $1,500.

·         Second prize: $1,000.

·         Third prize $500.

·         Fourth Prize (x3): $300

…Plus, $200 for your journalism class and the opportunity to have your work publicized on our websites and through our extensive networks.

Published articles submitted for the competition will be required to focus on the benefits of healthy and sustainable school food and the policies and best practices that advance the goal of healthy and sustainable school food.

Why? Despite increased public focus on obesity and health, children's health and nutrition in the United States is in a state of crisis that affects our nation's educational success, job readiness, global competitiveness, the surging cost of healthcare, and environmental sustainability. So, getting young people informed and vocal about food issues is critical. That’s the goal of this competition.

It’s like our partner Alice Waters, founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project said:

"Students have always been an incredibly powerful voice for change. Engaging them in the conversation about the state of school lunch is a critical step to transforming the school food system."

Submissions must be received by February 28, 2013. Finalists will be selected by March 31, 2013. Winners will be announced on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2013. 

To learn more about the Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards – or to enter – go to