Chefs for Kids provides support to the University of Nevada, Reno's Extension’s Pick a Better Snack education classes, and delivers several programs with the assistance of ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter, dedicated chefs, companies and volunteers.
Nutrition education is delivered through the University of Nevada Reno's Extension. Chefs for Kids provides financial support to deliver the Pick a Better Snack program to third-grade students in underserved areas. Our educators teach children throughout the school year, once a month for 40 minutes. About 4,000 children each year learn how they can live a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, physical activity and proper food handling and hand-washing.
Cookin' up Breakfast
Throughout the school year, chefs visit each of the participating schools where educators provide the Pick a Better Snack program. Chefs prepare a nutritious breakfast for the entire student body, and our breakfast sponsor provides volunteers. The organization feeds around 10,000 children each year.
Operation Thanksgiving + We Wish You a Merry Christmas
During the holidays, we provide students taking part in the Pick a Better Snack program with extra help to put food on the table. A $50 grocery store gift card is distributed to families of the children deemed high risk of not receiving enough food/meals during holiday breaks. More than 70 families identified as the neediest by the counselors participate in the program for each holiday. These are families in extreme need where they identify that the children may only be getting one meal a day, children are in transitional housing or homeless.
Twas the Night Before Christmas
A sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too! Chefs volunteer to make a joyful Christmas Eve day celebration for the families at The Shade Tree Shelter. This special day delivers a fabulously delicious warm meal and age-appropriate presents for all children.
A Mother’s Love
Chefs volunteer to make Mother's Day a special occasion at The Shade Tree Shelter. Each year they volunteer time to cook and deliver a special dinner for the residents.