Fulfill and The American Culinary Federation Jersey Shore Chefs Partner with Elementary Schools for National Childhood Hunger Day

Students Learn Nutrition and Healthy Food Choices to Raise Public Awareness

Fulfill (formerly The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) and The American Culinary Federation Chefs partnered with area elementary schools to provide interactive lessons about nutrition and food choices for students to help raise public awareness about childhood hunger, obesity and malnutrition issues.

Local ACF chefs from the Jersey Shore chapter joined Fulfill to educate more than 100 students from West Dover Elementary, Bradley Beach Elementary and Green Grove Elementary, on nutrition awareness. The educational format with interactive activities was done throughout the Neptune facility including the warehouse and garden. The stations included: a fruit and vegetable carving station, a smoothie invention station, a nutrition trivia prize wheel, “My Plate” memory game, outside planting in the garden and food group relay races.  

Since 1995, chefs throughout the nation have held events bringing awareness to the problems of childhood hunger. October 16th, as World Hunger Day, was adopted as Childhood Hunger Day by the professional culinarians of the American Culinary Federation, the nation’s largest organization for chefs and cooks.  For the past twenty-four years, the chefs of the Jersey Shore have held a Childhood Hunger Day Forum. Since 2004, Fulfill in Neptune has been the location.

About Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Fulfill moves 1 million pounds of food each month for families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Fulfill feeds children, seniors, veterans, and the working poor. Fulfill serves pantries and shelters, provides hot meals for children after school, and sends food home for those same children over the weekend during the school year. Fulfill also provides additional services to help our neighbors improve their overall situation. Fulfill assists with tax preparation, connecting people to SNAP (food stamps) benefits, and with job training in our culinary program.

Fulfill has just earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the tenth consecutive year. This distinction means Fulfill, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization, outperformed most charities in America in areas of efficiency, fiscal integrity, and effectiveness. In fact, 96 cents of every dollar donated to Fulfill goes directly to feeding the hungry in our community. 

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