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Specialized Programming

The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) is able to offer specialized programming for school districts to transition their Food and Nutrition Service Departments from a heat-and-serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real and whole ingredients.

Specialized programming presents a unique opportunity for a district or multiple districts to receive individualized and direct support for improving their meal programs. Through our specialized programming we work with districts in the five key areas of CAF’s experienced and established programs (Food, Finance, Facilities, Human Resources and Marketing). This programming is for those districts that fall outside the parameters and/or timeline of our Get Schools Cooking program but are ready to create change. Specialized programming projects are reviewed and selected on a case by case basis.

Specialized Programming

The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) is able to offer specialized programming for school districts to transition their Food and Nutrition Service Departments from a heat-and-serve or processed model to one that is rooted in scratch cooking using real and whole ingredients.

Specialized programming presents a unique opportunity for a district or multiple districts to receive individualized and direct support for improving their meal programs. Through our specialized programming we work with districts in the five key areas of CAF’s experienced and established programs (Food, Finance, Facilities, Human Resources and Marketing). This programming is for those districts that fall outside the parameters and/or timeline of our Get Schools Cooking program but are ready to create change. Specialized programming projects are reviewed and selected on a case by case basis.

Note: While our Get Schools Cooking grant is funded, our specialized programming is not. During the appraisal period, CAF may partner with an organization or district to support fundraising efforts to cover programming costs.

Current Programs

Foothills Fresh

Scratch Cooked School Meal Program Assessment

Western Nevada County, CA

Foothills Fresh is an assessment and technical assistance program designed to support a school meal program that provides students from nine small, rural districts daily access to fresh, healthy food. Over the three-year program, the Chef Ann Foundation will conduct an onsite assessment, develop recommendations & a strategic plan and provide technical assistance to help transform the meal program. This multi-district, rural school meal program is positioned to be a model for other rural school districts to follow across the nation and could eventually benefit millions of children. Chef Ann Foundation is partnering with the local CA nonprofit, Sierra Harvest on this initiative.

Foothills Fresh

Scratch Cooked School Meal Program Assessment

Western Nevada County, CA

Foothills Fresh is an assessment and technical assistance program designed to support a school meal program that provides students from nine small, rural districts daily access to fresh, healthy food. Over the three-year program, the Chef Ann Foundation will conduct an onsite assessment, develop recommendations & a strategic plan and provide technical assistance to help transform the meal program. This multi-district, rural school meal program is positioned to be a model for other rural school districts to follow across the nation and could eventually benefit millions of children. Chef Ann Foundation is partnering with the local CA nonprofit, Sierra Harvest on this initiative.

Additional areas of support include:

  • Salad bar implementation
  • Identification of additional revenue opportunities
  • Technical support for fiscal management
  • Marketing and communications strategy, including social media and analytics support

Oakland Unified School District

Recipe Development

Oakland, CA

In collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, the Chef Ann Foundation will support Oakland’s mission and vision with the creation and testing of 30 compliant school food recipes.

Recipes will be:

  • Compliant for NSLP
  • Developed for central kitchen production
  • Cost effective for Oakland Unified’s meal program
  • Designed for available equipment and staff skillset
  • Kid tested and approved

Oakland Unified School District

Recipe Development

Oakland, CA

In collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, the Chef Ann Foundation will support Oakland’s mission and vision with the creation and testing of 30 compliant school food recipes.

Recipes will be:

  • Compliant for NSLP
  • Developed for central kitchen production
  • Cost effective for Oakland Unified’s meal program
  • Designed for available equipment and staff skillset
  • Kid tested and approved

Specialized Program One Pager

Interested in a specialized program for your district? Download our one pager for more information or contact us.


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Salad Bars To Schools

Salad Bars to Schools (SB2S) supports schools in expanding their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables by donating salad bars to school districts across the United States.

School Food Institute

The School Food Institute gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable.

The Lunch Box

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.

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