Our mission statement is “To educate children and families in
understanding proper nutrition through community-based initiatives led
by American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the
culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition
and obesity.” There are several ways to get involved in this goal
explained in our chapter handbook
The support of ACF chapters is needed to accomplish the goals and
projects we have set in motion for CCF. Please get involved in your
community. You can use one of the programs
we have available online or create your own. Most importantly, if you
are doing a fundraiser for a charity in your area, please register the
recipient with the Chef & Child Foundation through the national
office. This will allow donors to receive a tax break and protect your
chapter from breaking tax laws. The ACFEF Chef & Child Foundation
will then disburse 80% of the money to the recipient of your choice. The
other 20% goes to pay for the programs, research and education provided
by the Chef & Child Foundation. If you wish to give the CCF a
straight donation, we would be very appreciative.
Guam’s State Agency for Child Nutrition Programs recently
unveiled Super Chef, the first nutrition mascot, in Guam’s
schools. The creation of the mascot was a volunteer effort between CCF
supporter Robert Walter, CEC, CCA, AAC, food and beverage director at
the Navy’s local Morale Welfare and Recreation office. The
superhero will make appearances at schools and other community
organizations to speak to children and families about the importance of
eating healthy and having healthy habits.
Lunchtime Cooking Station
Chefs from Chartwells School Dining Services and Morrison Management
Specialist joined forces to conduct a lunchtime display cooking station
at Beverly Hills High School. Diners had a choice of chicken or tofu in
lettuce wraps and watched as chefs sautéed the food with a choice
of sauces and a vegetable mix right in front of them. Special thanks to
Morrison Sous Chefs Khamberlie Taaca and Lucas Cavin, as well as Joseph
Kraft, CEC, CCA, AAC, Morrison Corporate Executive Chef, and Orlando
Luevano, Chartwell’s Regional Chef.
Chefs in Our School
ACF of Glens Falls New York hosted a Chef & Child event for
K–6 students in the Joseph Henry Elementary School cafeteria as
part of Galway Central School’s Chefs in Our School program. The
program is also supported by the United States Department of Agriculture
and by the Galway School Health Awareness Committee. The aim of the
program was to involve school children in the creation of healthy meals
while promoting their understanding of nutrition and overall wellness.
Chefs set up different food stations for students and families to
prepare food for the meal that was then cooked by the chefs and served
buffet style. While the food was being cooked, information about
nutrition and wellness was shared.
Cooking to Create MyPlate
Robert Hedetniemi, CEC, executive chef, nutrition services, National
Institutes of Health, recently did a cooking demonstration at a USA
Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. The demonstration
focused on the MyPlate concept, creating a dish around the sections of
grains, protein, vegetables, fruits and diary. Watch the video and download the recipes.
ACF Southwestern Virginia Chapter hosted a tea party at an elementary
school in Roanoke, Va. The students made their own tea sandwiches and
learned about nutrition. Special thanks to Chef James J. Zeisler Sr.,
CEC, CCA, CDM, CFPP.
Snack Pack Program
ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter, Inc. provided healthy snacks to children
in need over spring break. They handed out 172 snack packs, each
containing healthy snacks for 5 days. The chapter continues to hold
nutrition classes at the school. Thank you chapter members for your
continuous support and dedication.
Chef & Child Programs
Need an idea for an awareness activity to implement in your
community? Check out our Programs
Let Us Know
Please e-mail us to
let us know what type of awareness you generated in your community.
Please include any details or photos that we can feature on the website
to show the impact of the activities.
CCF honors and recognizes chapters and individuals annually who
showcase our mission by presenting them with awards. The deadline for
award applications is June 15. For more information, go to the Awards section.