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.
Kids Cooking Green
Elena Murphy, a culinary student at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, works with Kids Cooking Green, an afterschool program, founded by Lori Deliso, that teaches kids how to cook fresh and eat local. Kids learn healthy cooking skills, such as making homemade ravioli and smoothies, and also learn how to read nutrition facts on labels. They even go on field trips to local farms. The highlight of the program is preparing dinner for friends and family with some help from a guest chef from a local restaurant.
Wenatchee’s Farm to School Movement
Watch this inspirational video highlighting Wenatchee School District Food Services Farm to Schools program.
Rainbow Taste Test
Addy Kinziger, Chef & Child chair, ACF West Michigan Lakeshore Chapter, adapted the Chef & Child activity Rainbow Taste Test for a demo at Cardinal Elementary in Muskegon, Mich. The school hosted an “Arts Night” event and students from grades 2–5 were able to sign up for two different activities, including healthy cooking, jump roping, pizza making, science experiments and many more).
Extreme Dressing Get Kids Into Salads
What cool kid wouldn’t want to try a salad covered in Orange Dreamsicle dressing? How about Extreme Orange or Extreme Strawberry? And who could resist Peanut Butter and Jelly salad dressing? These dressings are part of a nutrition program for kindergartners through fifth graders put on in collaboration with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUMC) and the Ohio Department of Education, funded by Ohio Team Nutrition Training Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. View Recipes
Homemade Tacos and Dessert Quesadillas
ACF Glens Falls Chapter hosted a Chef & Child event at Galway Central School, Galway, N.Y. Thirty students learned how to chop lettuce and tomatoes with plastic knives, made homemade taco spice kits, and prepared fresh guacamole as they made tacos with ground turkey. The activity came to a sweet ending with dessert quesadillas.
Vegetable Garden Harvest
Second graders from Gulfside Elementary School, Tampa Bay, Fla., had an exhilarating day as the vegetables they planted earlier that year were finally ready to be harvested. Under the guidance Master Gardeners Carla and Bob O’Brien, students took turns digging up carrots and picking tomatoes, green beans and broccoli. Chefs Ray Benton, CCE, HAAC, and Vince Blancato, ACF Tampa Bay Culinary Association, adopted the school as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative a few years ago. They work with several schools around the county educating students about making good food choices. The school garden is an integral piece in introducing children to where food comes from. The chefs then turn those ingredients into healthy dishes, while teaching nutrition and kitchen safety. View Video
Home Economics Class
John Selick, executive chef, Sodexo Healthcare Services, UH Ahuja Medical Center, Beachwood, Ohio, and member of ACF Cleveland Chapter Inc., performed a culinary demonstration for Ms. Dunning’s 8th grade Home Economics class at Warrensville Middle School. The demo was about making better food choices for a healthier lifestyle, with a focus on fish. Selick discussed the nutritional benefits of fish, then presented a fresh salmon, fabricated it, sautéed it and served it with quinoa and sweet potatoes.
Robert Walljasper, CEC, CCE, surprised a classroom of 8th graders at River Dell Middle School, N.J. As part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, he joined the class as a guest presenter and showed them how to make whole-wheat pizza. The students had fun kneading the flour and yeast mixture and then added healthy toppings for a delicious treat.
Healthy Community Dinner
The second annual community dinner and healthy cooking event was held at William D’Abate Elementary, Providence, R.I., using a grant from the American Culinary Federation. Volunteer chefs Stephen Menyhart, Jasmine Johnson, and Jake Zentner prepared the meal and delivered a presentation on the ingredients utilized in each dish. Special focus was given to reducing sodium content and increasing overall fruit and vegetable consumption. Community partners Luz Posada and Heidi Hetzler from the University of Rhode Island SNAP-Ed program presented a MyPlate Workshop, using sample meals and menu plans to promote variety and nutritional value in the diet.
Keen What Wrap
Volunteer chefs from Universal City Walk, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Nestle Corporate and Platters for You Catering partnered with five Orange County school cafeteria food managers to create menu items with the help of student taste testers at their schools. Each school introduced their new food item at the end-of-the-year school celebration. Ed Colleran served the “Keen What Wrap,” which is made of quinoa, yellow and red peppers and hummus to students at Camelot Elementary School.
Go For The Greens
Culinary students from Lebanon County Career and Technology Center in Lebanon, Pa. recently cooked a fresh vegetable stir-fry served on a brown rice pilaf for students at Cornwall Elementary School. The project is part of the “Go for the Greens” and “Chefs Move to Schools” initiatives at the school to improve childhood nutrition.
A Calendar of Culinary Events
Through the support of a grant by the American Culinary Federation, students at the Community School of Sun Valley, Idaho, enjoyed a calendar of culinary events hosted by Kathryn Gulay, Chefs Move to Schools volunteer, along with Janet Salvoni, head of Community School Elementary School, and Chrissie Huss, parent volunteer. In January, students learned to identify whole grains versus processed grains, while February focused on different culinary customs around the world. Students learned about the different components of MyPlate in March and sampled snacks containing various components of MyPlate. April was all about better beverages, and students explored ways of making water more interesting my adding different fruits, cucumbers and herbs. The school-year ended with a community event with kids responsible for preparing, plating and serving food to over 100 adults.
Competing For Healthy School Recipes
High school students from nine schools in Buena Park, Cali. competed in a culinary competition to prepare nutritional school recipes based on a theme “tastings of the world.” Students were mentored by chefs from the American Culinary Federation, including Jorge Ramirez, CEC. The competition is part of the Chefs Move to Schools Program, initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama, and partnered with the American Culinary Federation.
Mr. and Mrs. Eat Right
In Roanoke City, Va., Chef & Child has become a part of the 21st Century Learning Grant, currently serving 13 schools in the city, which sponsors afterschool programs for students. Beverly Allman and her husband, Bradie, appear as Mr. and Mrs. Eat Right, teaching the kids about making healthy choices through hands-on activities.
Farm to Table School Initiative
Steve Landon, a Skaneatales chef and member of the American Culinary Federation, is spearheading an effort to teach young Central New Yorkers about healthy eating habits and food. Along with other chef volunteers from the ACF Syracuse NY Chapter, Landon works with classes at Waterman Elementary School and with the afterschool program at Southwest Community Center. The fun begins with planting a garden and then using those ingredients to make healthy recipes. The students share their experience tasting healthy foods to their friends and family, passing on the message that healthy can be tasty.
Chef & Child Programs
Need an idea for an awareness activity to implement in your
community? Check out our Programs
Let Us Know
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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.