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School Nutrition Association’s 2014 National School Lunch Week


The Department of Food and Nutrition is pleased to sponsor in conjunction with J.T.M. Food Group, Conagra Foods, and Dick and Jane’s Baking Company, an essay writing contest celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  Teachers are encouraged to challenge students to create a written essay of at least 100 words and no more than 300 words.  Students should write about the following:  What Hispanic foods offered at school would you like to have prepared for you at home?  Describe the ingredients you would need and how to prepare it in a healthy nutritious way incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Students may include family traditions, festivities, traditional recipes, or folklore.  Instructions and entry form are attached. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is the time to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.  We pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.  Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th , the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.  Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15th.

The Department of Food and Nutrition continues to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and daily physical activity and making smart choices to live a healthy life.  We encourage you to promote good nutrition and healthier eating habits.
If you should have any questions, please contact Ms. Wanda Pedraza, Director, Department of Food and Nutrition, 786-275-0454.

Hispanic Heritage Writing Essay Instructions and Entry Form


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“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

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