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Calling all Talented Junior Chefs

Apr 02 2014

Do you have a talented junior chef in your family?  First Lady Michelle Obama, the USDA, the U.S. Department of Education and Epicurious are looking for talented young chefs between the ages of 8 and 12 to submit an original lunch recipe inspired by the USDA’s MyPlate. Winning chefs may have the opportunity to represent their state of the Kid’s State Dinner hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House.



Recipes will be judged on:

  • Nutritional value of the recipe
  • Taste
  • Creativity and originality
  • Affordability
  • Story behind the recipe

Click here to learn more about this exciting contest. Don’t’ wait! The deadline to submit recipes is April 5th.  Have the kids grabs the pots and pans and get cooking!

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Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Annual Partner Meeting

Nov 07 2013

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On Tuesday, we attended the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. At the event, over 200 military-friendly partner employers pledged to recruit, hire, promote, and retain military spouses. We were honored to participate and sit on a Military Spouse Employment Panel to discuss the challenges military spouses face when looking for employment and to discuss the benefits of working for an MSEP partner. Joining the panel discussion were spouses that work for Humana, Microsoft, and Volt as pictured below.

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MSEP is a White House-sponsored Joining Forces initiative that is housed under the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program. This initiative seeks to ease the challenges of military life by helping spouses find and maintain rewarding careers despite frequent moves.

MOAA works very closely with MSEP to ensure that military spouses have career opportunities no matter where they live. As inaugural Military Spouse Ambassador Network members, MOAA is part of an even larger collective effort to support military spouse employment. The mission of the Ambassador network is to educate, empower, and mentor military spouses to encourage career fulfillment by promoting and sharing resources while facilitating effective relationships with local and national stakeholders.

To learn more about MSEP, create a profile on MSEP’s career portal.

Have you struggled with employment in this mobile lifestyle? Tell us your story! Leave us a comment or connect with us through our MOAA Spouse Facebook page or @MOAA_MilLife!

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