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The Chef and the Child Foundation

The ACF is concerned about hunger in the United States. To help in the fight against hunger, the National ACF has established The Chef and the Child Foundation, our voice in the fight against hunger.

Through the Chef and the Child Foundation, the ACF provides local grants to feed hungry children, and trains volunteers and personnel at soup kitchens and shelters to serve food that is safe, wholesome and nutritious. Having made our living with food, we want to share our knowledge and expertise. It’s our way of giving back to society.

The Chef de Cuisine Los Angeles Chapter holds fundraisers each year specifically for the Chef and the Child Foundation, including a fall fundraising dinner.

AFC Young Chefs Club

As part of the Chef and the Child Program, the Chef de Cuisine Los Angeles Chapter has developed a program called the Little Chefs Club. Chapter members donate their time to teach children hands-on food preparation at after school sites in the Los Angeles area. The children have fun learning the basics about food, and they get to eat what they have prepared.

In our mentoring through the Little Chefs Club, we hope in some small way to improve each child’s self-image. The children can also learn how to prepare nutritional foods and develop some idea of how to make good food that costs less than pre-made food.

Volunteers are needed for the Little Chefs Club. Chef de Cuisine Los Angeles Chapter members who are available to make the commitment to teach one day a week for four weeks can contact the chapter office.

To volunteer, have a suggestion for an activity, or to find out more information about the ACF’s Young Chefs Club, send an email to:

The message of the Chef and the Child Foundation can be summed up in the old adage: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

The Chef de Cuisine Los Angeles Chapter is proud to provide support to the Children’s Hunger Alliance through the Little Chefs Club.

The Children’s Hunger Alliance is California’s leader in hunger education, advocacy, and direct service programs for children. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of California’s children and families by meeting immediate child nutrition needs and advocating for the elimination of hunger through education.

The Children’s Hunger Alliance serves nearly 10,000 children every day across California. For more information on the CHA’s many programs and activities visit the Children’s Hunger Alliance on the web, or contact Fionna Espana:

For more information about this program along with tools, resources, and downloads visit the national AFC website.