How are Featured Ingredients for the Emergency Kit Cook-Off chosen?

The public votes in an online poll over the last two weeks of August to determine that year’s Featured Ingredients. Voters pick one ingredient in each of five (5) categories: proteins; fruits and vegetables; starches, grains and nuts; beverages; and “comfort” foods. The "winning" ingredients are announced on www.EmergencyKitCookOff.org in the first week of September.