Family Services will once again team up with the Chef and Child Foundation of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to raise awareness about the prevalence of childhood hunger in Forsyth County and to emphasize the importance of good nutrition.

North Carolina is fortunate to have a very active, dedicated Chef and Child chapter that includes talented chefs who teach hands-on parent/child cooking classes in 22 North Carolina counties, including Forsyth County.

On Monday, October 16, 2017, Chef Don McMillan, president of the local Stock Pot and Family Services Board member, will collaborate with numerous North Carolina chefs and culinary students to serve a healthy, delicious breakfast to hundreds of preschool children, their families, teachers, community partners, and Family Services staff.

The chefs will serve breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at all four, five-star FSCD Centers: Kernersville, Mineral Springs, Winston-Salem State University, and the agency’s main child Development offices at Sarah Y. Austin (2050 Big House Gaines Blvd., Winston-Salem), where a brief program will take place at 8:00 a.m.

Last year, approximately 1,400 breakfasts were served.S

Family Services is grateful for the opportunity to put the spotlight on the disturbing statistics of childhood hunger and bring awareness to our community and beyond. According to Second Harvest statistics for Forsyth County, 23% (19,750) of children face food insecurity every day. Second Harvest also reports that 28% of food insecure children do not qualify for federal child nutrition programs.

“We believe there must be food on the table for communities to be able to do their best work. We also believe that a vibrant, resilient and thriving community requires that we challenge ourselves and others to deeper levels of conversation and action,” states the Second Harvest website.

Several city leaders will speak at the brief program that will be held at the Sarah Y. Austin (SYA) site, student athletes from local colleges and universities will talk to preschoolers about healthy eating, and the children will provide entertainment.

The event also focuses on helping others. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to help restock the shelves at Second Harvest.

Family Services Child Development has provided evidence-based school readiness development and education for more than 50 years through its Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These programs serve 619 at-risk children, birth to 5 years of age, and their families. FSCD is committed to preparing children for success in school and in life with a focus on education, health/nutrition, social-emotional and behavioral development, parent involvement and family and community partnerships.