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Food Bank Outreach Recipe Contest

The Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network's Outreach Committee is hosting a recipe contest! They're looking for simple, healthy, scrumptious recipes using foods provided by Pennsylvania food banks or food pantries.  

View highlights from last year's event here

PANEN is seeking high school and college culinary arts students to submit recipes.  


  • February 1-April 9, 2018:  Recipes must be submitted.
  • April 26, 2018: A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be chosen.
  • May 17, 2018 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM: The top three recipes will be presented at the Central PA Food Bank. If you are interested in attending, RSVP today!
  • May 17, 2018: The top three recipes will autmatically be submitted to the national “What’s Cooking USDA Mixing Bowl” recipe database. 


  • The students who created the top three winning recipes will be invited to lead a food demonstration at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's test kitchen. Winners will show how they made their recipe for other food and nutrition professionals.
  • The top three recipe will automatically be submitted and potentially recognized on the national recipe database, “What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl”.
  • Students and their recipes will also be featured on PA NEN's website
  • The top winner will have a chance to make his/her recipe on ABC27's Good Day PA.

Questions? Email PA NEN or call 717-233-1791. 

Please Submit Your Recipe Here!

Please do not include any people within your photo.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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This form is titled, "Recipe Submission Form" and can be downloaded from this website. An "Example Recipe Submission," also on this website, can help you fill out your submission correctly.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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By checking here, I agree that a Chef or Chef Instructor has reviewed and approved my recipe before submission.
By signing this form, I agree that this recipe is original and has not been copied from another source. If another source was used, it has been noted in my "Recipe Submission Form".