Chefs Move To Schools national webinar Oct. 17
From Laura Atkinson, communications coordinator for IACP and director of operations for our philanthropic foundation The Culinary Trust:
A friend who runs an emergency food program where I live in Portland, OR, asked me to join in a “SNAP Challenge,” meaning that for one week I had to shop on the SNAP budget (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). For several years, I’ve been leading healthy cooking classes for people who get most of their food through SNAP benefits, and this learning experience was long overdue for me, so I took on the challenge last week.
I finished slightly under budget -- great to know that's possible -- but the big take-away is that I'm not sure I could have pulled off a week of healthy meals if I didn’t already have some know-how in the kitchen.
Many of my students have told me that, after just a few classes, they feel their skills and confidence building, which makes them more excited about cooking and eating nutritious meals, especially the kids. That’s one of many reasons I’m excited that The Culinary Trust partners with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters initiative and the Chefs Move To Schools program.
The Chefs Move to Schools coalition is holding a “Back to School Launch” free webinar this Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m., EST, and Share Our Strength invites all IACP members interested in learning more about the program to participate.
The webinar will feature an overview of the new National School Lunch Program standards and best practices for teaching youth, with guest speakers including: Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives; Marissa Duswalt, associate director of policy and events at Let’s Move! (White House Office of the First Lady); Jorge Collazo, executive chef at New York City Department of Education; and Share Our Strength’s Greg Silverman.
Participating chefs and school nutrition staff will receive one CEU provided by ACF and School Nutrition Association.
And I’ll tell you more of what I learned from my SNAP Challenge experience in the next issue of Frontburner.