Photos by Shelley Peterson

By Caitlyn Crosby/December 27, 2018

Last week, Chefs Feeding Kids collaborated with Chef/Owner Ben Lloyd from the Salted Slate, Chef/Owner Billy Manzo from Federal Hill Pizza and students from Providence College and St. Andrews School in Barrington, RI to conduct a cooking demo for 275 4th and 5th graders at Young Woods Elementary School in Providence’s south side.

The largest event of its kind brought students the opportunity to make “deconstructed fruit cakes”.  The Deconstructed fruit cake consisted of raisin bread, sun butter, plain Greek yogurt and fresh berries.   Attending to kids’ allergies and food restrictions is never an easy feat.  However, with the assistance of the students and chefs at St. Andrews as well as the chefs on hand, Chefs Feeding Kids was able to provide foods that are accessible to kids in any market and at any price range.  “We cater to communities where food insecurity is at its peak, so bringing these programs to kids in schools after lunch allows us to send these kids home with fuller bellies.  In this particular school, we identified that 1 in 4 students has a food insecurity after they come home from school and these families are consistently dependent on the public-school nutrition program [breakfast/lunch/dinner (in some public schools)]”, says Executive Director of Chefs Feeding Kids, Shelley Peterson.  “Some of these kids go home to empty houses—sometimes all day and night, without another meal before bedtime so we try to teach things that don’t require a stove or microwave with hopes of kids becoming a bit more self-sufficient and ultimately making better choices about the food they eat.  Of course, without the help of our chefs and corporate sponsors, or volunteers none of this would be able to take place—it truly takes a village.”

The mission of Chefs Feeding Kids is to provide food and assistance to children in food insecure communities.  Through cooking demos and nutritional classes in local public schools and youth organizations, CFK teaches kids how to make healthier food choices and self sufficiency where food is concerned.  The work done through Chefs Feeding Kids is a collaborative effort with local chefs, restaurant groups and our corporate vendors.  Thank you to our friends from Colony Foods for their support and donations this year.



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