On Friday June 4th about 1,000 chefs from 37 states gathered on the south lawn of the White House. Just a couple of weeks earlier, the first lady, Michelle Obama challenged her personal chef Sam Kass and the White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses to gather as many chefs as possible to help her launch her new campaign called “Chefs Move to Schools“. As part of the “Let’s Move” campaign the first lady started shortly after moving into the White House when she learned that 1 in 3 children in America are over-weight. This is mainly due to poor diet and not enough exercise.
By connecting chefs from restaurants, hotels and catering companies with schools, the hope is that these partnerships will help with getting healthier foods into our children at school keeping within school kitchen, staffing and budget limitations. By sharing their passion, expertise and understanding about good food, it can only improve what our kids are eating at school. Some other goals of this campaign are:
- Healthy and nutritious lunches as well as snacks
- Help build relationships with local farms
- Build relationships and collaborate with other local chefs
- Know where the food we feed our kids comes from
- Plant gardens to use for curriculum as well as eating
It is going to take all of us to improve the health of our children across this country one child at a time.