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An Interview with Chef Rich Cino

Last week, Chefs for Kids had the opportunity to partner with Chefs4Vegas for a second week and distribute another 1,500 boxes full of produce throughout different parts of Las Vegas. Though it was early in the morning and incredibly hot, the group of volunteers that helped distribute these items showed up each day with a smile on their face, ready to assist their community during a time that needs it the most.

One of the volunteers that decided to join in the effort was Chef Rich Cino, who also serves as the Treasurer of Chefs for Kids. We were able to catch up with Chef Cino and find out more about this food drive and why Chefs for Kids decided to get involved.

How did this food drive begin?

Chef Cino: A couple chefs that were out of work due to the pandemic wanted to see how they could help the community. With the knowledge that vendors were overstocked, the chefs decided to connect with them. The vendors generously donated food and then the chefs put together the packages to hand out to those in need.

Why is Chefs for Kids participating in this?

Chef Cino: We know that there are a lot of households in this community with children that need to be fed. It is our mission to make sure that kids and their families get proper nutrition, so it was a no brainer for us to join the effort.

What sort of reactions or have you had from those picking up packages?

Chef Cino: I have seen everything from tears to countless thank you’s. It is very emotional, and you are able to sense how truly tight knit the community is.

Why are you personally volunteering today?

Chef Cino: I have been involved with Chefs for Kids for more than 20 years. It’s heartwarming and important for me to continue helping the community in any way that I can.

What sort of items are you giving out today?

Chef Cino: GetFresh, our wonderful partner, was able to get a grant to buy produce. Because of this, we were able to give away 3,000 boxes of food including lettuce, strawberries, potatoes, and more over a two-week period.

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