Hidden Valley and the Chef & Child Foundation’s Lunch Break for Kids

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My daughter Lucie’s elementary school has a really cool program called Fresh Fruit & Veggie Friday. On the first Friday of the month, the committee volunteers bring in and serve a fresh, healthy vegetables or fruit. When I signed up to volunteer for the committee, I was told that even though we live in an affluential area, many of our kids aren’t familiar with fruits like kiwi. I know kids can be picky eaters, but who doesn’t like kiwi?

It’s been a very successful program in our school, and Lucie likes guessing what I’ll be bringing in. It’s a big topic on the bus with all the kids guessing what veggie or fruit their moms will be sending in with them. The kids look forward to their special treat, and I love that I can help introduce them to healthy snacks.

This is just one example of how schools can help our kids learn about leading a healthy lifestyle. Another comes from the Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) and the makers of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings and dips, who are partnering to host the second year of Lunch Break for Kids , a national fundraiser to highlight ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn more about how simple, good food can make healthier bodies and stronger family connections.

How you can help Lunch Break for Kids

If you want to help raise money to support the creation of nutrition-based education materials, community outreach projects and grants, you can sign up to host a fundraiser during the week of October 15-19. First, pick a day or a week to do your fundraiser. Then donate 10 percent from your healthy, delicious lunch net sales to the Chef & Child Foundation. Or you can host a fundraiser at a restaurant (or several restaurants) or at a community event. For more ideas, go here.

In its inaugural year, the Lunch Break for Kids (formerly Lunch Break for Schools) nationwide fundraiser featured nearly 70 chefs in 25 states. Funds raised were donated to the Chef & Child Foundation to create nutrition-based educational resources. Additionally, ACF awarded twelve $250 grants to chefs in support of school and community outreach programs.

Chef & Child Foundation’s 10K Challenge

Thanks to a grant from the makers of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips, the Chef & Child Foundation is challenging American Culinary Federation (ACF) chapters to sign up and volunteer to host a Lunch Break for Kids Fundraiser and/or a Childhood Nutrition Day community event during the month of October. Participating chapters will have a chance to win $10,000 per region. In addition, the four winning regional chapters will compete for another $10,000 at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas.

You can check here to see if there are any events in your area October 15-19.

How do you encourage your kids and other children in your community to lead a healthy lifestyle?

Disclosure: The Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®, dressings & dips has provided me with free product to help with my review, but anything I receive from Hidden Valley does not affect my thoughts on its company or their product.

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