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Helene York

Helene York has been a supply chain nudge for more than 15 years with two companies, and several divisions, of global contract food companies. She currently serves as Head of Social and Environmental Responsibility for ISS Guckenheimer, after 18 months with that company as Chief Procurement Officer.

Helene York

Helene York has been a supply chain nudge for more than 15 years with two companies, and several divisions, of global contract food companies. She currently serves as Head of Social and Environmental Responsibility for ISS Guckenheimer, after 18 months with that company as Chief Procurement Officer.

She has built supply chains for slavery-free tomatoes, sockeye salmon trim, humanely-raised poultry, chocolate processed at origin, and generally doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, prodding supply chain partners to do more. She is an adjunct faculty member at both the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and the Food Business School of the Culinary Institute of America teaching students how to build sustainable supply chains, and preparing for the challenges they will encounter.

Her past board leadership positions include FishChoice, a B2B platform for sustainable seafood purchasing, and Humane Farm Animal Care, which runs the Certified Humane® assessment program. Helene earned her AB from Harvard College and MBA in Strategy from Yale. She resides in Northern California.


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Who We Are

The Chef Ann Foundation is dedicated to promoting whole-ingredient, scratch-cooking in schools. Scratch-cooking enables schools to serve the healthiest, tastiest meals so that kids are well-fed and ready to learn.

Our Mission

Ensure that school food professionals have the resources, funding and support they need to provide fresh, healthy, delicious, cook from scratch meals that support the health of children and our planet.

Why School Food Matters

American kids start their life-path in K–12 schools where they learn the skills necessary to thrive & meet their potential. While the country debates the best ways to teach them math, science & English, we spend little to no time on food & nutrition.

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