Cooking Up Change

HandCut Foods is thrilled to sponsor Healthy Schools Campaign’s (HSC) Cooking up Change event on November 16, 2017 at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

Cooking up Change puts student voices front and center in the national conversation about school food, challenging them to create healthy school lunches that their peers will enjoy while adhering to strict nutrition guidelines, ingredient lists, and budget constraints. These high school student chefs show us that within the constraints that schools face every day, it is possible to create healthy meals that are also delicious and enjoyed by their peers.

“This competition gives us a voice. I want to keep promoting healthy lunches at school.”

—Menajah, Student Chef from Harper High School

Since Cooking up Change started in 2007, 21 public schools across Chicago have participated, more than 750 student chefs have created meals, and 3,600,000 student-designed meals have been served in Chicago Public Schools. Not only is the Chicago program a huge success, but Cooking up Change has also become a national competition, with students from across the country competing in local contests, then heading to Washington, D.C., for the Nationals Finals. In Washington, students have the opportunity to meet with legislators and policymakers and join in the national dialogue about healthy school food.

At the Cooking up Change event in Chicago on November 16, student chefs will present their dishes to a panel of esteemed judges, and guests will have the chance to taste the delicious recipes, talk to the student chefs and be part of the celebration when the winning teams are announced.

As a company that understands the importance of all students having access to healthy school food, we are committed to supporting Cooking up Change, and we are proud to be part of the program’s success. To learn more about the program and purchase tickets to this special event, visit cookingupchange.org.

HandCut Foods is proud to support Cooking up Change alongside the program’s national supporters: Newman’s Own Foundation, Southwest, James Beard Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers.

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