The Lunch Line blog informs you on important school food issues and news with insights from Chef Ann, our executive staff, operations experts, and parent advisors.
Making a Powerful Impact Through School Lunch
Feeding school children entails a great deal of responsibility and offers the power of choice to school districts. While it might be obvious that school food choices impact the health and academic performance of students, these choices also impact our economy and the health of our planet. Over 30 million...Read more
Creativity and Collaboration in School Kitchens Across the Country
Across the country, a committed team of school nutrition staff shows up in school kitchens to feed over 30 million students. Behind the scenes, team members plan menus and unload inventories. Their humble hands wash, chop, peel, mix, toss, and cook their way to providing healthy and nutritious food. They...Read more
Creating Lasting, Positive Change Beyond the Cafeteria
By: Laura Peuquet In recent years consumer attitudes around the holidays have changed from what they used to be. Shoppers now look for great deals for buying gifts and great deals for giving to the causes we care about deeply. In addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now have Giving...Read more
A Fresh Approach to Education
We serve over 30 million kids each day at school in cafeterias across the country. And while school food has made great strides in becoming healthier since the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, there is still a heavy reliance on processed foods in school lunches. The food we...Read more
We are looking for a Research and Content Development Intern to support our programs, with a focus on the development of our new School Food Institute.
We anticipate there will be 15-20 hours of work per week. Below is a list of responsibilities and qualifications:Major Responsibilities:Work with our Programs Director to support the development of CAF’s School Food Institute. Conduct research and analysis of the current online learning market and online programs in food and culinary...Read more
Danielle Staunton competed in our inaugural Real School Food Challenge last year which inspired her to come work for the Foundation.
Packing a lunch for my kids has never been much of an issue. I used to take a lot of pride in packing a healthy, organic lunch that had a broad spectrum of textures and flavors. When I zipped that lunch box up and put it in my kids’ backpacks...Read more
Elementary Students Protest for Salad Bar Access.
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re taking this opportunity to catch up with Alexa Palmer, an early childhood educator for over 15 years. Though most people would consider teaching demanding enough, Alexa has also found the time to author a children’s book about healthy eating. Jolene Adventures of a Junk...Read more
We're looking for a full-time Marketing and Communications Manager to join our team!
About Chef Ann Foundation:Founded in 2009 by Chef Ann Cooper, a pioneer in school food reform, the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) believes that every child should have access to fresh, healthy food every day so that they can develop healthy eating habits to last a lifetime. We think the greatest...Read more
Heidi Kessler is bringing her expertise in school food reform to the Chef Ann Foundation team!
Greetings!My name is Heidi Kessler and it is an honor and a privilege to introduce myself as the new Chief Programs Officer for the Chef Ann Foundation. My life experience, starting from when I was a toddler eating strawberries from my mother’s garden, to studying public health and nutritional science throughout...Read more
A snapshot of what's on the menu.
While 2017 has brought this country many changes, at the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) we have been doing the same old thing—helping schools serve up healthier food.2016 was an incredible year that enabled our programs to reach almost 400,000 kids nationwide! That pushes our total reach to 8000+ schools and 2.7...Read more
The new children’s show is teaching kids how to make healthy eating choices while improving school food at the same time.
We all know that junk food companies have been heavy handed in their efforts to market directly to kids. It’s everywhere from the commercials that play during their favorite shows, to the toys that come in happy meals, to the placement of cartoon-shaped cookies on the grocery store shelves. Sure, Sesame...Read more
Announcing the Second Round of Grant Recipients
Serving children scratch-cooked meals allows districts to offer healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch, but it’s not always an easy task—there are financial, procurement, management, education, and staffing hurdles to jump over. Oftentimes, school districts need the guidance from school food experts to overcome these challenges. According to a recent Pew...Read more
The Boulder Valley School District’s School Food Project prides itself on serving fresh, healthy, delicious, and local food, but what does that all mean?
By: Laura Smith, Programs and Grants Coordinator for Boulder Valley School DistrictLast fall, BVSD underwent a full-scale audit by a Registered Dietitian at the US. Healthful Foods Council (USHFC). Requesting information about supply chain operations, meal ingredients, health promotion, and nutrition education programs—the audit delved into a wide variety of...Read more
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