Improve Your Kids’ School Lunches!

Posted February 24, 2012 by jimhigley

I’m really proud to be a part of this delicious program – under the great umbrella of Michelle Obama’s efforts to raise healthier kids! For those of you in Chicago, there’s a wonderful lunchtime fundraiser at the award-winning MK Chicago this Wednesday, February 29. Read more to learn about this nationwide charity event, “Lunch Break for Schools”!

How Nutritional are YOUR Kids’ School Lunches?

School lunches have long been the bane of my existence.

For years, my kids have bounced around from being brown-baggers to eating the school-provided hot (or not so hot!) lunches. We’ve even tried the combo route – where I’d pack a couple things for them to take from home and let them buy some of the old standbys at school. You know – pizza. Hamburgers. Sound familiar?

The reality is, while I like to think of myself as a pretty good dad, I probably wouldn’t get a passing grade in the school lunch nutrition category.

“Chefs Move to Schools” is a Key Ingredient

But thanks to the “Chefs Move to Schools” program – supported by the White House – we’re starting a new country-wide dialogue about the importance of improving the nutrition level of our children’s school lunches. The program is part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity in America. Across the country, chefs are stepping out of the kitchen and into schools to help them plant gardens, speak about nutrition and help develop menus including healthier food. A deliciously good idea, don’t you think?

So what can you do as a parent to help?

For starters, make sure your school knows about the “Chefs Move to Schools” program by sending your administration a link to their website.

Take a “Lunch Break for Schools”

Second, you can help spread the word about a charity event right here in Chicago to raise funds and awareness for this important program.

On Wednesday, February 29, celebrity Chicago chef Michael Kornick will be hosting a “Lunch Break for Schools” fundraiser at his award-winning restaurant, MK Chicago (868 N. Franklin in Chicago). The 12:30 p.m. event features a prix fix menu ($50/person). All proceed will be used to create nutrition-based educational programs for participating schools. For reservations, call 312-482-9179.

“This is such an important issue for all of us,” explains Chef Kornick. “As a dad and a member of the culinary community, I’m so happy to be part of this nationwide campaign to bring awareness to things we can do to improve the quality of our school lunches.”

Lunch Break for Schools” is a national fundraising event organized by Hidden Valley Salad Dressings to support the American Culinary Federation’s involvement in the Chef’s Move to School program. During the coming week, “Lunch Breaks” will be held around the country with celebrity chefs in a number of cities.

Chef Michael Kornick


Join me, won’t you? Say bye-bye to those bags of chips in your kid’s brown bag. Be a part of this important conversation to help improve our children’s lives.

Date: Wednesday, February 29
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: MK Chicago
Address: 868 N. Franklin, Chicago, Illlinois 60610
Resevations: 312-482-9179
Cost: $50 per person (all proceed benefitting the cause)