ACFEF Chef & Child Initiative

Mission Statement

The mission of ACFEF’s Chef & Child initiative is to educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition by providing tools and resources for community-based programs led by American Culinary Federation chef members.

Current News

Ingredient of the Month

Winter Squash - Winter squash comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Full of nutrients, It is grows during the summer and is harvested in fall and winter. Still need an activity for Childhood Nutrition Day? Make a squash bar or play squash throw in an after-school program. Learn more, including a kid-friendly flyer and hands-on activities on

Childhood Nutrition Day Grant Program

ACF is calling on chapters and chefs across the nation to hold Childhood Nutrition Day activities during the month of October. The event can be as simple as hosting a demonstration or offering healthy treats at a local school or community event. You can make a difference in your community by participating.

To support you, ACFEF, through the Chef & Child initiative, will provide ACF chefs and chapters with grant opportunities and program toolkits to implement childhood nutrition programs in your community. Visit for more information.

International Chefs Day, Oct. 20 - Food for Healthy Heroes

Worldchefs have committed to using International Chefs Day, Oct. 20, to educate kids around the world about the importance of healthy eating. This year’s campaign is Foods for Healthy Heroes. Developed in partnership with Nestlé Professional, the Food for Healthy Heroes toolkit makes eating and preparing healthy food fun and exciting for kids by communicating the ‘superpowers’ (benefits) that healthy foods have to keep kids strong, healthy and feeling like the superheroes they love. Download the program from

Support both Childhood Nutrition Day and International Chefs Day by hosting a Foods for Healthy Heroes workshop in your region. Share your photos on social media using #InternationalChefsDay and #ChildhoodNutrtitionDay. Together, we can raise awareness about proper nutrition and make a difference in the community!

Become Involved

Interested in becoming involved in your local community? Host outreach events in your community and partner with a local school or after-school program. Visit our chapter corner and programs areas for more ideas. Make a donation to help fund our programs.

Ingredient of the Month

View our free, monthly articles featuring a nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus, as well as new kid-friendly flyers, recipes and activities.

Chefs Outreach to the
Community Day


Need an idea for an awareness activity to implement in your community? Check out our programs section. Find out what other local chapters are doing and how they are implementing our programs.

Recipes & Nutrition Resources

Check out our healthy and nutritious recipes from the CCF cookbook and culinary nutrition-focused articles that provide up-to-date research and nutrition related information. For more nutrition links, visit our nutrition resources section.

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