The "I Love My School Lunch Hero" video contest is produced by the Southern California School Nutrition Association and sponsored by Food Safety Systems and General Mills Foodservice. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 17, 2020. The winners will be announced on National School Lunch Hero Day, May 1, 2020. Any teacher in California may submit one entry. All entries become the property of SCSNA, Food Safety Systems and General Mills
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Contest Eligibility & Entry Guidelines


  • Classroom entries must be from Grades K-12.

  • Video submissions only, ~1-2 minute duration.  If using a smartphone, be sure to hold it landscape, so the video isn't upside down! And don't forget... good audio quality is a main component!  Need some video recording tips? Visit

  • To be eligible, an entrant must be a student(s), teacher, administrator, or parent representing students. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries.

  • Only one entry per teacher will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified. 

  • Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.

  • No purchase is necessary.

  • Be creative and make us laugh or cry…tug at our heartstrings.


Entries will be judged on the following criteria in three categories:


  • 40% -> Content: originality, authenticity, relevancy

  • 40% -> Style and Creativity: appropriateness, humorous, serious, reflective

  • 20% -> Recording and Correctness: organization, grammar, punctuation, spelling

Download Criteria Scoring Sheet: Judges Scoring Criteria


Decisions of judges are final and not subject to appeal or review.  Ties will be broken using the Content category.

The winner(s) will be notified on or before May 1, 2020.  The winners' nomination will be posted on Two winners will be selected, one at elementary level and one at secondary.  Winners will receive $1000 each, $500 to go to the nominee and $500 to the teacher for classroom supplies at his/her discretion.  Winners must not be filers of Form 700.