ACF Chefs and Communities Highlight the Plight of Hungry Children on
Childhood Hunger Day, October 16
The Chef & Child Foundation, the American Culinary
Federation’s (ACF’s) philanthropic arm, is stepping up
preparations for Childhood Hunger Day Oct. 16. ACF chapters throughout
the country will hold special events to highlight a serious
problem—childhood hunger and malnutrition in America.
The facts about childhood hunger are sobering. The Food Research and
Action Center reported in 1999 that 29 percent of U.S. children under
the age of 12—13.6 million children–are hungry or are at
risk of hunger daily. Poor nutrition during any period during childhood
can have detrimental effects on cognitive development and adult
productivity, according to the Center on Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition
at Tufts University.
ACF’s Chef & Child Foundation has held Childhood Hunger Day
since 1995. That year, during the first national awareness campaign,
more than 60 chapters hosted awareness campaigns in their hometowns,
with mayors and governors bringing the day to the attention of their
constituents. In Washington, D.C., national media focused on chefs who
gathered to publicize the problem of childhood hunger and malnutrition
Childhood Hunger Day coincides with World Food Day, which began in
1981 and is observed each Oct. 16 to recognize the 1945 founding of the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. World Food Day
heightens public awareness of the world food problem and strengthens
solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
The following chapters and communities will hold Childhood Hunger Day
ACF of Greater Baton Rouge will invite
1,000 children to enjoy a hot meal prepared by local chefs and culinary
students Oct. 12. The event will take place on the lawn next to the Old
State Capitol from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children will enjoy space
walks, pumpkin carving demonstrations by chapter chefs, face painting,
grab bags, musical entertainment, and demonstrations by the Red Cross
and the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Complimentary tickets to the meal
will be given to children involved in the Battered Womenís Program,
Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Food Bank, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The chapter will also hold a 5K run and a 1 mile walk-run to
“Stomp out Hunger.”
ACF Professional Chefs Guild of Central New
Jersey will hold the 3rd Annual New Jersey Statewide Childhood
Hunger Day Forum in Trenton Oct. 16. In 2001, the chapter hosted the
second annual forum at the Sovereign Bank Arena, where chapter members
were joined by chefs from across the state. The forum brought 160 inner
city six- to nine-year-old schoolchildren to the arena to participate in
seminars teaching sanitation, how taste works, hands-on cooking, and the
importance of nutrition and physical activity.
ACF Jersey Shore Chefs Association will
hold the 2nd Annual Driving Out Hunger at Colts Neck Golf Club Monday,
Oct. 7. The event includes two on-course cooking stations by chapter
chefs and a post-event dine-around. The chapter holds its 8th Annual
Childhood Hunger Day Child Feeding in Ocean and Monmouth counties Oct.
16. In each county, a chapter chef will create dishes from USDA
commodities made available through the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean
Counties. In 2001, 12 chefs created recipes and prepared enough food for
720 children through the FoodBank. In the eight years of participating
in this effort, the chapter has donated funds to buy more than a million
pounds of food for programs that feed children.
ACF Midlands Chapter will celebrate
Childhood Hunger Day this year at the Columbia River Bank Zoo in
Columbia, S.C. More than 200 children will receive a tour of the zoo and
lunch. A nutritional education program will feature a seven-foot food
pyramid game and a program called “Getting Back to the Grass
Root.” ACF Midlands Chapter chefs will discuss farm-grown
products. There will also be an animal petting zoo.
ACF Mountain Empire Culinary Association
will once again be involved in an educational program for children of
the Boys and Girls Club of Kingsport, Tenn. Children look forward every
year to chefs demonstrating and involving them in the understanding of
proper food choice. The highlight of the event will be a chef
demonstration and the tasting of delicious treats that appeal to
Six ACF North Carolina chapters will hold a
Childhood Hunger Day event on the lawn of the governor’s mansion
in Raleigh. The chapters will serve a nutritious breakfast before busing
the children to Raleigh, and videos on proper food choices will be shown
during the bus ride. In Raleigh, chefs will demonstrate children’s
favorite dishes, and the children will enjoy lunch.
ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association
will demonstrate the USDA food pyramid for 100 children in the Palm
Beach County School District’s after-care program Oct. 16. The
demonstration will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Palm Beach County
Courthouse lunchroom in West Palm Beach. Chapter members will be on hand
to explain the food pyramid and offer nutritional snacks. Each student
will receive a chef’s toque, apron, and literature about good
nutritional eating habits. Palm Beach County commissioners will present
a proclamation declaring Oct. 16 Childhood Hunger Day in the county.
ACF South Bend Chefs and Cooks Association
has observed Childhood Hunger Day for the past seven years. This year,
chapter members will be at Eggleston School in South Bend, Ind. Chef
George Albiez, program coordinator, has been working with the school and
Ivy Tech State College to ensure another successful program.
“It’s great to have the cooperation of the South Bend
Community School system and Ivy Tech,” said Chef Albiez. “We
have a lot of (Ivy Tech) students who want to participate, and with the
support of our apprentices and chef members, we hope to be able to
accommodate even more kids in the program than before. There’s
such a drastic need that we want to reach as many kids as we
About the Chef & Child Foundation
The American Culinary Federation Chef & Child Foundation, Inc.
focuses on the nutritional development of America's children in all
economic segments. The purpose of the foundation is to foster, promote,
encourage, and stimulate an awareness of proper nutrition in preschool
and elementary schoolchildren. Eradicating hunger among children is of
utmost importance to the organization and its supporters. Through
education, community involvement, and fund raising, the Chef & Child
Foundation believes it can make a difference.
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Contact: Kay Orde