USDA School Meal Programs Verification Response Rate Challenge Winners Announced

2017-07-17 | School Nutrition Association

USDA hosted a 2017 Verification Response Rate Challenge that took place from May 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017 and called for the submission of ideas for increasing NSLP/SBP verification response rates. Over 25 solutions were submitted and on June 30th, the winners were posted. The judges included SNA’s own President, Becky Domokos-Bays, and the judging criteria categories were: demonstrated effectiveness (35%), research and creativity (35%) and presentation, clarity and persuasiveness (30%). There were three categories of winners, as well as Honorable Mention, and the winners broke down like this:

Potential Game Changer: 
• “Verification Improvements” - Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, TX – Submitted by Kristen Hess 
• “Meeting the Challenges and Creating Solutions for Verification” - Gwinnett County Public Schools System, GA – Submitted by Jeannette Morris 
• “Rolling Verification Process” - Orange County Public Schools, FL

Popular Choice: 
• “Meeting the Challenges and Creating Solutions for Verification” - Gwinnett County Public Schools System, GA – Submitted by Jeannette Morris

Best Documented: 
• “Rolling Verification Process” - Orange County Public Schools, FL

More information and the other contest submissions can be viewed on the Government Challenges website.