Chefs in School – Healthy Food Access in Appalachia

The Central Appalachian Network (CAN) and its partners have been working to improve access to healthy food for individuals and families in the Central Appalachian region through local initiatives in their communities. Over the past year, six of these healthy food access initiatives have been published as case studies through a partnership between CAN and the Appalachia Funders Network. CAN worked with Alexandria Polanosky, a visual storyteller, to create short videos highlighting the majority of the healthy food access case study. The summary video for all the healthy food access case studies can be found here.


The last of these healthy food access case studies is Chefs in Schools, a program of Community Farm Alliance and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Chefs in Schools is one aspect of the Farm-to-School model, and brings professional chefs into schools to train cafeteria staff to use fresh ingredients to create healthy meals for students. Read more about how Chefs in Schools program is equipping schools and cafeteria staff to feed students healthy and nutritious meals in the full case study found here.