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A note from judge Cindy Long

Dear Designers & Developers,

Thank you for your interest in the E.A.T. School Lunch UX Challenge!

When you first came across our challenge, you may have thought to yourself: “A competition for a government form?!”  But I hope you’ve seen by now that it is so much more than that. This challenge gives you the chance to be a part of a program that touches the lives of millions of children nationwide. It allows you to improve a process that could prevent the National School Lunch Program from losing millions of dollars on payment errors and ensure eligible children receive their benefits. It invites you to impact the future landscape of digital design in government, all while giving you the chance to win tens of thousands of dollars in prizes!

As you approach this task, I challenge you to think outside the box and envision how a form could be more than a series of questions, an application more than a tedious task. I encourage you to create, collaborate, and innovate. Take advantage of all the resources provided to help you succeed; check out the requirements, FAQ, and Find a Team pages on the challenge website. And if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to post on the discussion forum or email

This is your opportunity to make a difference in our programs and make your mark on your field. Thank you again for your hard work on this very important issue, and best of luck!


Cindy Long
Deputy Administrator for Child Nutrition Programs
Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture