Childhood Nutrition Day, celebrated each year on 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.
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation encourages its chapters and members to organize an event in the month of October, centered around Childhood Nutrition Day or International Chefs Day (Oct. 20), focusing on the proper nutrition and well-being of children.
Our focus this year is on “Colors of the Rainbow.” We want to show how healthy food is colorful, vibrant and exciting. Use our “Rainbow Taste Test” activity or your own colorful activity.
“If we [inspire] the youth of our country today they will live a healthier life and that will in turn affect future generations to come.”
– Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC
In 2018, many of our chapters and members created some really inspiring ways to reach out to local kids. For instance, Kim Larson, member of ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of CA and owner, D&L Catering, Inc. worked with a student culinary club to prepare fresh fruit smoothies and fruit displays for over 300 middle school and high school students during lunch.
ACF Gulf Coast Culinary Association chefs Samuel Spencer, Kim McKeller, and Ryan Rodgers, CC, joined forces with Tony’s Tejas Salsa, the Bishop State Community College Culinary Arts department and Vigor High School Culinary Arts department to host Healthy Heroes 2018 to over 700 students at WC Griggs Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama.
Some more ideas for your outreach could include:
- Healthy cooking demonstration and tasting
- Nutritious cooking classes
- Outreach event with hands-on activity stations
- Nutrition information booth
- Walk for childhood nutrition
- Food drive
Visit acfchefs.org/CND for more ideas and suggestions on hosting a Childhood Nutrition Day event.
“National averages show that approximately one in seven people in America are food deprived. Through the Chef and Child Initiative, we can help children of many ages to achieve proper nutrition,” says Kenneth B. Trout CEC, CCA, AAC, President ACF Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey. “By reaching out to our local schools, homeless shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and more facilities throughout the country, we have the ability to teach the youth of our country healthy options which they can incorporate into their daily lives.”
ACFEF, through the Chef & Child initiative, offers ACF chefs and chapters grant funding of up to $300 to support nutrition outreach activities in their communities. These funds can be used for events organized in celebration of Childhood Nutrition Day and International Chefs Day. Click here for more details and to apply. Application deadline is September 25.
In addition, Worldchefs has partnered with Nestlé Professional to teach kids around the globe about the importance of healthy eating by hosting fun-filled workshops worldwide on International Chefs Day. Download their toolkit at internationalchefsday.worldchefs.org and host a workshop.
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