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On Feb. 24, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass led the first-ever live webinar for First Lady Michelle Obama's Chefs Move to Schools project, which matches professional chefs with their local schools. The webinar was designed to give professional chefs and school meal professionals guidance on how to create a working relationship to improve the nutrition landscape in public schools, and is now available for download. (Above: Kass is at left in this screenshot from the webinar)
Chefs Move is run by USDA, and Kass was joined in the six-part webinar by USDA officials Janey Thornton and Audrey Rowe, school nutrition director/chef Tim Cipriano, School Nutrition Director Lora Gilbert, and Rochelle Davis, CEO of the non-profit Healthy Schools Campaign. Viewers from across the US participated. Cipriano and Davis have served as advisors for Chefs Move to Schools. in January, Kass took a roadtrip to Gilbert's school district in Florida, where there is an eleven-school pilot project for Chefs Move; read about it here.
The Webinar Agenda:
1. Let’s Move! Chefs Call-to-Action
Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives
2. Chefs & Schools Working Together to Support the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
3. Advice to Chefs and Schools About Working Together
Timothy Cipriano, Chef and Executive Director of Food Services for New Haven Public Schools, New Haven, CT.
4. Chef Inspired, Customer Approved: Chefs Move to Schools in Orange County
Lora Gilbert, Senior Director of Food & Nutrition Services for Orange County Public Schools, Florida
5. Cooking Up Change: Chefs Move to Schools in Chicago
Rochelle Davis, President and CEO of the Healthy Schools Campaign
6. Questions and Answers
Facilitated by Audrey Rowe, Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service
The First Lady launched Chefs Move to Schools on June 4, 2010. The initiative now has more than 2,200 chefs enrolled, and more than 1,700 schools. In February, Kass visited New York, to encourage chefs attending the IACP Regional Conference to join the project. Chefs can sign up for the program here; schools can sign up for the program here. The February Chefs Move to Schools e-newsletter is here.
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