OCTOBER 17, 2016

Healthy nutrition is an important component to child development and to preparing for success in school and in life. This is critical for children of all ages, yet particularly important for young children whose brain development is rapidly forming.

That’s why Family Services Child Development (FSCD) program has partnered with local chefs and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chef and Child organization to raise awareness about lack of good nutrition among a large population of children in Forsyth County.

For 25 years, the Chef and Child Organization of ACF has reached out to community agencies across America during the month of October in order to raise awareness about childhood hunger and emphasize good nutrition. Winston-Salem is fortunate to have a very active, dedicated Chef and Child chapter that includes talented chefs who also teach hands-on parent/child cooking classes in 22 North Carolina counties, including Forsyth County.

2015 sya breakfast 578For the ninth year, Chefs from the local ACF Chef and Child organization will serve a free breakfast to children and families who are enrolled in Family Services Child Development Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The annual event will shine a spotlight on the disturbing statistics of childhood hunger and engage people in the community to ensure that all children have access to quality food and nutrition. More than half of students in the school system receive free or reduced-price lunches. In some schools, nearly all students are recipients.

On Monday, October 17, Don McMillan, Master Chef of the award-winning Stocked Pot & Company, along with numerous local chefs, culinary students, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC will collaborate to serve a healthy, delicious breakfast to more than 1,500 preschool children, their families, teachers, community partners, and Family Services staff. The breakfast will be served at four of the five-star FSCD Centers:  Kernersville, Mineral Springs, Sarah Y. Austin, and Winston-Salem State University. Chefs at all centers will serve breakfast from 7:30-9:00 AM.

A brief program will be held that morning at 8:00 AM at the Sarah Y. Austin (SYA) site, during which an official Proclamation will declare October 17, 2016, as Childhood Nutrition Day.  Clyde Fitzgerald, Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC; Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services; and Chef Donald McMillan will be among the guest speakers, and special guests will talk to preschoolers at all Centers about healthy eating.

Students, families and staff at FSCD will also contribute to the Second Harvest food drive and attempt to surpass a previous collection of 1,400 pounds of food during a month-long campaign to help restock the shelves at Second Harvest. The food drive runs through October 31. All participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to the October 17 breakfast. 


Family Services Child Development, established in 1965, serves 499 at-risk, three- and four-years-old children at its Head Start program and 120 children, birth to three years old, through the first Early Head Start program in Forsyth County. Both programs address the educational and developmental needs of each child and help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Family Services is committed to preparing children for success in school and in life with a focus on education, health/nutrition, mental health/disabilities, parent involvement and family and community partnerships. Family Services is a nonprofit organization that has served individuals and strengthened families in Forsyth County of North Carolina since 1905. We inspire the best in people by providing support in the areas of counseling, adoption, early childhood development, education, safe relationships and family violence prevention.