Recipe contest for Nutley youngsters

Nutley Mayor Joanne Cocchiola, the township Board of Education and Chartwells, the district’s hot-lunch food service provider, are sponsoring a Nutley Healthy School Lunch Recipe Contest, designed to give school-aged children the chance to express their creativity while learning hands-on about the principles of healthy eating and good nutrition.

Registration for the recipe contest is open now and will end Nov. 30.

Registration info is available at, as well as the Board of Education website, with hard copies at the Department of Public Affairs, 149 Chestnut St.  Detailed contest logistic information is also available in the comprehensive participation guide online.

Nutley children, grades K through 12, can participate as individuals or in teams of five within appropriate grade levels: Grades K-2; 3-6; 6-8; and 9-12.  Teams with participants in different grade levels will be judged at their team’s highest grade level.  All recipes must follow nutrition guidelines that are included in the packet.

Winners will be announced in February, and the grand prize winner’s recipe will be incorporated in the Nutley school lunch menu for the 2012-2013 year.  Three other recipes will be featured for a limited time on the menus of select local restaurants.  All qualifying participants will be featured in and receive a copy of the Nutley School Lunch Recipe Contest Cookbook.

The contest is part of the Nutley Fit Kids program, an initiative to engage children and teens in activities to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit.  For more information, contact the mayor’s office at 973-284-4972, or visit



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