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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. 

If you’re interested in doing a story about CAF or one of its programs, please contact our PR team at

Facts & Stats

See our School Food Fact Sheet for current information on the following topics:

  • Understanding School Food Infographic
  • Children & Schools
  • Childhood Obesity
  • U.S. Households
  • Free/Reduced School Meal Eligibility
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • U.S. Food Industry

About Us

About the Chef Ann Foundation: Find out more about our story, mission, and programs on our About Us page. Trace our progress back to the very beginning with the help of our milestones timeline.

About Chef Ann Cooper: Discover more about Chef Ann through her bio, books, consulting, and upcoming speaking engagements.

About CEO, Mara Fleishman: Get to know Mara Fleishman, who first became involved in school food as a concerned parent and served as a founding member of the CAF board of directors.

Our Team: Learn about the remarkable people who make up our staff and board of directors.

Chef Ann’s U.S. News Blog: Read through the archives of Ann’s U.S. News & World Report blog where she examines recent events in school food reform.

CAF Blog: Browse through The Lunch Line blog, which covers CAF program news, Chef Ann news, policy and advocacy, research and case studies, available grants, and more.

Press Articles: Archives of press coverage can be found under "In the News" on our blog.

Press Kit: Access our mission, history, bios, high-res images, and logos in our Digital Press Kit

School Food Institute Press Kit: Access our mission, bios, logo, curriculum, and press release in our School Food Institute Digital Press Kit

Press Releases and Articles:

Images: Low-res images of Chef Ann are available through our Multimedia Content page. If you are interested in obtaining high-res images or logos, please email us at

Digital Press Kit

Access our mission, history, bios, high-res images, and logos in our Digital Press Kit

The Renegade Lunch Lady

About Chef Ann Cooper and the CAF Mission

Learn how celebrity chef turned lunch lady Ann Cooper is changing school lunch in this episode of Sub-Zero's Fresh Food Matters

Talking About School Food with Chef Ann

Chef Ann Cooper and other notable school food reform advocates discuss the importance of healthy school food for kids.