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The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) was founded in 2009 by Ann Cooper, an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. Chef Ann’s vision was to create an organization that helps schools take action so that every child has daily access to fresh, healthy food. Today, CAF carries out that vision by actively supporting school districts nationwide with the tools, training, resources and funding needed to help schools create healthier food and redefine lunchroom environments. 

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Featured Release: Chef Ann Foundation Names Kristy Lewis, Founder/CEO of Quinn Snacks, as the Winner of Boulder's Real School Food Challenge: Natural Foods Industry Edition

Lewis was one of four local natural food industry executives to participate in this year’s challenge, bringing awareness to the need for healthier food in America’s schools

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BOULDER, Colo. – November 8, 2019 – Chef Ann Foundation (CAF), a trail-blazing nonprofit dedicated to healthier school food, announced today that Kristy Lewis, CEO and Founder of Boulder-based Quinn Snacks, has been named the winner of their 2nd annual Real School Food Challenge: Natural Foods Industry Edition. Lewis competed against three other local natural food entrepreneurs, including:

The four competitors brought their USDA-compliant recipes to the Challenge at Sterling Rice Group in Boulder on Nov. 6 to bring awareness to the need for healthier food in schools. Along with following federal nutritional guidelines, the recipes below were crafted for around $1.25 per serving, the average food budget for a school lunch in the U.S.

  • WINNER: Italian Meatballs with Herbed Polenta and Maple-Braised Carrots (Kristy Lewis, Quinn Snacks)
  • Vietnamese Pork Noodle Bowl (T.J. McIntyre, Bobo’s)
  • Chicken Burrito Bowl (Koel Thomae, Noosa)
  • New Orleans Red Beans and Rice with Turkey Andouille Sausage and Brussels Sprouts (Kim and Jake’s)

“The natural food industry is thriving in Boulder, and having these changemakers on board with our mission is instrumental,” said Mara Fleishman, CEO of CAF. “This event is so important for bringing community together to support healthy food for kids nationwide.”

Event attendees judged based on taste, presentation, and scalability. The event Wednesday night included a silent auction and raised just over $8,000, which will go towards developing new USDA-compliant recipes to support scratch cooking in schools across the country.

First launched in 2016, the Real School Food Challenge enlists the support of healthy food advocates to show it is possible to create delicious, nutritious food that is scalable for school kitchens. Since then, CAF has partnered with communities and organizations across the U.S. to host eight additional Challenges, including last month’s national program with restaurant chefs around the country.

Every day, 30 million children eat school lunch. With only $1.25 to spend per student meal, it becomes challenging for schools to serve real, healthy food that meets USDA guidelines. CAF works to provide school communities with the tools, training, resources, and funding that enables them to serve scratch-cooked food using whole ingredients. CAF is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, and the organization to date has reached more than 11,000 schools and 3.2 million kids with its healthy school programming.

About Chef Ann Foundation

Chef Ann Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to provide school communities with the tools, training, resources, and funding that enables them to create healthier food and redefine lunchroom environments. To date, the organization has reached more than 11,000 schools and 3.2 million kids with healthy school programming. Learn more at chefannfoundation.org.

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