The Chef’s Academy of Morrisville, N.C., is the winner of the APSCU Community Service Award and will be recognized at APSCU’s annual convention in Orlando.
The Community Service Award honors a campus that goes above and beyond to implement charitable community programs and engage staff and students in volunteer efforts.
The Chef’s Academy engaged students last year in activities that not only refined their culinary skills but also provided a great deal of community support. The campus hosted its second annual Triangle Chef Showdown, a free event to the public and a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The entire student body participated to serve 700 people and raise 101,000 meals for the food bank.
Additionally, the campus partnered with Brier Creek Elementary School to develop a wellness initiative with a primary focus on promoting healthy lifestyle choices among children. The students have continued support for this program with a seven-bed garden, curriculum development, and integration of sustainability practices. The Chef’s Academy also works closely with military families by offering courses to soldiers in basic cooking techniques and by providing meals to mothers whose husbands are deployed.
"Chef’s Academy in Morrisville exemplifies the spirit of generosity that APSCU hoped to honor when it created the Community Service Award," said APSCU President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Gunderson. "The students participate in all of these projects while attending school, and APSCU couldn't be happier to present the 2013 Community Service Award to the students and faculty at the Chef’s Academy for all the work they have done to give back to their local community."
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