What is Lunch Break for Kids?
The Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) and the makers of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips partnered to host the second year of Lunch Break for Kids, a national fundraiser program to highlight ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn how simple, good food can make healthier bodies.
Chefs signed up to host a fundraiser during the week of Oct. 15–19 and donated 10 percent of their net lunch sales to the Chef & Child Foundation. Funds donated will go to support the creation of nutrition-based education materials, community outreach projects and grants.
Chefs could host a fundraiser at a restaurant, food truck, community event or wherever it is convenient for them.
In its inaugural year, the Lunch Break for Kids (formerly Lunch Break for Schools) nationwide fundraiser featured nearly 70 chefs in 25 states. Funds raised were donated to the Chef & Child Foundation to create nutrition-based educational resources. Additionally, ACF awarded twelve $250 grants to chefs in support of school and community outreach programs.
What is Childhood Nutrition Day?
The Chef & Child Foundation nationwide celebrates Childhood Nutrition Day on October 16. This day is set aside for chefs to volunteer in their communities and raise awareness for the importance of childhood nutrition education and healthy eating by kids and their families.
Chef & Child Foundation’s 10K Challenge
The Chef & Child Foundation, thanks to a grant from the makers of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips, is challenging American Culinary Federation (ACF) chapters to sign up and volunteer to host a Lunch Break for Kids Fundraiser and/or a Childhood Nutrition Day community event(s) during the month of October. Participating chapters will have a chance to win $10,000 per region. In addition, the four winning regional chapters will compete for another $10,000 at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas.
ACF chefs and chapters interested in participating should register their event(s) on the Lunch Break for Kids sign-up page, designate a volunteer coordinator to organize the event(s) and submit the 10K Challenge application with a 1–3 minute video after the event(s). To read more about the Challenge requirements, visit www.acfchefs.org/childhoodnutritionday.