Founded by Chef Ann Cooper, the Food, Family, Farming Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to change the food system in the U.S. to an ecologically sound, sustainable model. By empowering schools, families, farms and producers to operate sustainably, F3 enables schools to serve nutritious whole food to all students. F3 educates through training programs, direct services, a web portal and collateral resources.
Chef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children. In a nation where children are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents because of diet-related illness, Ann is a relentless voice of reform by focusing on the links between food, family, farming and children's health and wellness. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, Ann has been a chef for more than 30 years including positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort as well as serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Putney Inn in Vermont. Chef Ann is happily working overtime as a Chef, Nutrition Services Director, Consultant, Author, Public Speaker, and Advocate because she sees a need for change and has the gifts to help. She envisions a time soon when being a chef working to feed children fresh, delicious, and nourishing food will no longer be considered "renegade."
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. The centerpiece of their work is an AmeriCorps youth service program that launched in 2011 and is now in 12 states. Their 80 service members—selected from more than 1000 applicants—are investing a year of paid public service teaching kids about healthy food and where it comes from, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing local food for school meals in high-obesity, limited-resource communities. Within a decade, FoodCorps expects to deploy an annual service force of more than 1,000. FoodCorps hopes and expects that they will have a significant impact on some of the most pressing issues of our time: childhood obesity, environmental sustainability, and the way we farm, eat and educate.
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase the number of salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. LMSB2S is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation and Whole Foods Market and is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative. The goal is to fund and grant 6000 salad bars by the end of 2013.
Whole Kids Foundation is a fan of Green Ribbon Schools promotion of healthy living for students, parents, staff and community. By taking steps to create a healthy and environmentally-friendly campus, by encouraging outdoor physical activity and healthy eating habits and by connecting students to nature, Green Ribbon Schools help students reach their potential, healthier, happier and smarter.
FoodFight's mission is to revolutionize the way teenagers think about food and its role in their lives. Using schools as a platform, FoodFight arms students with tools, knowledge and resources necessary to take responsibility for their eating and buying habits and ownership over their health and life chances.
FoodFight achieves its mission by providing teachers with cutting-edge training programs, curriculum and support from a team of doctors, nutritionists and chefs.
Most recently, FoodFight has created a Teacher Health & Wellness initiative to address teachers' unique needs. Working with faculty, administration and staff, the pilot program is designed to infuse a culture of health and well being throughout the school. Workshops provide an overview of the social, political and economic forces that shape who, what, how and why we eat. FoodFight also offers straightforward strategies and tips for improving health.