ST. LOUIS — Schnuck Markets on Sunday kicked off MyTopPlate All Stars, a contest to teach kids that fruits and vegetables should constitute half of what’s on their plate.
Entrants are asked to submit a photo of a kid-friendly plate that follows the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines, with appropriate portions of protein, whole grain, fruits and vegetables.
“We’ve introduced this challenge so our customers can learn more about and embrace the USDA’s new dietary guidelines specifically with regard to the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat,” spokesman Paul Simon told SN.
Participants vote on plates, including their own, based on “looks healthy,” “looks delicious,” “has kid appeal” and “looks easy to prepare.” Entrants can also rally support via a Facebook widget and form email. Currently leading with the most votes is a shot of sticky chicken with farro, fresh peaches and steamed broccoli.
A team of dietitians/nutritionists and chefs will pick 50 finalists from the 250 plates with the most votes. Finalists will receive a $50 Schnucks gift card. The entrant with the most points at the end of a final voting period will receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond; second place, a $1,000 bond; and third, fourth and fifth places, a $500 bond.