Goal Achieved! 1,000 Chefs Reached 10,000 Family Members Supporting Childhood Nutrition Day
Childhood Nutrition Day, celebrated on, or around Oct. 16, focuses on the need for education about childhood hunger, proper nutrition and obesity issues. Since the campaign’s launch in 1995, hundreds of chefs across the nation have participated in events within their local communities to feed hungry children, and foster and promote awareness of proper nutrition.
In 2012, Chef & Child partnered with the makers of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings and dips to make Childhood Nutrition a success. ACF chapters and members combined efforts and promoted healthier eating among children and families through Lunch Break for Kids fundraisers and outreach events during the month of October. Our goal was achieved! Over 1,000 chefs participated in a variety of activities, from fundraisers to school demos to city proclamations, reaching an amazing 10,000 family members across the country with the message of proper childhood nutrition.
10K Challenge - Win $10,000 for Your Chapter!
The ACF chapter in each region that makes the biggest impact for Childhood Nutrition Day will win $10,000, made possible by a generous donation from Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings and dips. The four ACF chapters will then vie for the national title and another $10,000 prize presented at 2013 ACF National Convention.
Huge thank you to our panel of judges for supporting this event and taking the time to rate each application. Points were given based on:
- Total number of volunteers participating
- Total number of family members reached
- Funds donation to CCF through Lunch Break for Kids fundraisers
- Video submission
Southeast Regional Winner
ACF North Carolina Chapter participated in Childhood Nutrition Day by providing a nutritious breakfast to students, parents, teachers, community leaders and local college athletes at five Head Start locations on Oct. 16. The chapter also held fundraisers and healthy demos throughout the month, and received a proclamation by the City of Winston-Salem.
Northeast Regional Winner
The ACF Jersey Shore Chefs Association, in collaboration with The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean, participated in a several events in support of Childhood Nutrition Day. Elementary school classes from different schools enjoyed a fun day visiting stations about smoothies, nutritional hop-scotch, gardening and fruit and vegetable carving. In addition, chef volunteers provided nutritious meals at various local child feeding programs, and the chapter also received a proclamation by the state of New Jersey.
Western Regional Winner
ACF Chefs Las Vegas supported Childhood Nutrition Day with an outreach event at a local elementary school by serving a healthy meal and providing education about the importance of a well-balanced diet and exercise. The chapter also hosted a golf tournament benefitting Chefs for Kids, putting the last hole with a spatula.