Chef Ann Foundation


About Chef Ann Foundation

In a nation where kids are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents due to diet-related disease, Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) has been a constant champion of school food reform as an important avenue through which to improve childhood nutrition. The Chef Ann Foundation was founded in 2009 by Ann Cooper, an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. Chef Ann has been a pioneering leader in the fields of school food, childhood nutrition, and sustainable agriculture, and her vision was to create an organization that helps schools take action so that every child has daily access to fresh, healthy food. Today, the Chef Ann Foundation carries out that vision by actively supporting school districts nationwide through grant programs and by providing tried and tested tools for helping schools progress from highly processed, unhealthy food, to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. To date, the Foundation has reached 4,997 schools and over 2,232,546 children, with their flagship program The Lunch Box providing schools and districts with free online tools and resources that support school food change.

Our Recipes

Chef Ann Foundation’s goal is to bring healthy eating and good nutrition back to the lives of American children through a commitment to scratch-cooking, at home and at school. Below you’ll find a selection of Chef Ann’s home recipes for kid-friendly breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. The great taste of these dishes is sure to please the kids, while the healthy, nutritious ingredients will make parents happy. A full listing of Chef Ann’s home recipes can be found here.


Corn Meal Apple Griddle Cakes
Breakfast Burrito with Tofu
Frittata with Spinach, Mushrooms & Cheese
German Oven Pancakes
Morning Glory Muffins
Power Waffles
Three Cheese Vegetable Strata
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Chives & Goat Cheese
Arugula with Steak, Lemon & Parmesan
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Egyptian Pasta & Lentils
Fish Tacos
Kale and White Bean Soup
Orange & Jicama Salad
Oven Fried Chicken
Shrimp Stir Fry
Vegetable Fried Rice
Cranberry Apple Crisp
Fruit Smoothie
High Protein Squares
Nuts & Bolts
Pizza Wheels
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Tomatillo Salsa