Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What is the Global Food Challenge?

The GFC is a competition designed to curiosity and knowledge in students. Those that enter will use free curriculum to demonstrate research, writing, economic knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

What are the 4 units of the Challenge?

The Challenge's 4 units are:

  • Basic Economics of Food Markets
  • Economics of World Food Trade
  • Economics of Food Security
  • Economics of Food Safety

Who is eligible to compete? How many teams can I register?

Any teacher in the state of Minnesota can submit their students for competition. There is a maximum of two student entries for each unit.

Where do I submit entries?

The submission form can be found here, and must be completed by May 15, 2020.

Competition Details

How does the process work?

If you are interested in the Global Food Challenge, you can request the free curriculum using this form. Then, use the curriculum with your students in the classroom and identify topics that your students would be interested in learning more about through some research.

Submission Rubric

Finally, please submit entries by May 15, 2020 using our online form.

Questions? Contact Angela Zappa at

What prizes are available to winning students?

For each unit, the first place student will receive $200 and the second place student will receive $100. Teachers of award-winning students will receive $100. Winning entries are displayed on MCEE's website.

How much does it cost to participate?

Submissions into the Global Food Challenge are free, and all materials (curriculum) are provided for no cost.

When is the registration deadline?

All submissions must be sent in by May 15, 2020.