As part of our commitment to helping schools make real, lasting change to their food programs, the Chef Ann Foundation currently provides the following programs:
Parent Advocacy Initiative
The PAI is designed specifically to support parents who want to be catalysts for school food change in their communities. The PAI provides parents with tools and resources to lead grassroots advocacy efforts in their school districts. Working with administrators and school food staff, parents can kick start and support their district’s work to make school food a vital component of kids’ health and academic success.
The Chef Ann Foundation has teamed up with Skoop, a superfoods company committed to bringing the health benefits of superfoods to every American. Together we have launched Mission Nutrition: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants help schools increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and veggies and nutrition education.
Healthy Breakfast for Kids
Healthy Breakfast for Kids (HB4K) supports universal, after-the-bell breakfast programs in schools by providing equipment grants to assist in implementing grab-and-go and breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programs. BIC programs are proven to reach more students than traditional cafeteria breakfast, which is served before classes begin. By offering breakfast after the bell to all students, we can reduce the severe negative impact of hunger on school age children across the country. As part of the program, CAF has developed universal breakfast implementation resources and best practices, available to all schools at The Lunch Box. The 2014-15 grants--restricted to the state of Michigan--are made possible by the Walton Family Foundation.
The Lunch Box is an online resource that is dedicated to supporting school districts and food service teams in transitioning their food programs from relying on processed foods to incorporating scratch cooking and fresh ingredients in their menus. The Lunch Box also shares best practices from around the United States–building a network of school food changemakers. The Lunch Box includes a wide range of in-depth tools and resources such as recipes financial management models, marketing tools, and parent engagement strategies. Users have free access to scalable and downloadable recipes, USDA compliant menu cycles, procurement tools, financial calculators, implementation strategies, training tools, marketing materials, and much more.
LMSB2S supports schools in expanding their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables by donating salad bars to school districts across the United States. Salad bars profoundly shift the typical school lunch by offering students not only a variety of foods, but also the opportunity to choose what they eat. As a founding and managing partner, CAF guides school districts through the grant application process and provides salad bar resources for food service staff.