Local Chefs Preparing for September Support School Meals Campaign

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Local Chefs Preparing for September Support School Meals Campaign

The North Carolina Partnership for Child Nutrition (NCPCN) officially launched it Support School Meals campaign September 1st, with the goal of raising $300,000 to help increase the school meal participation rate in Wake County. More than 40 Wake County restaurants are participating in the Support School Meals campaign by offering customers the opportunity to donate $5 when paying their bill throughout the month of September, with 100% of the proceeds going to support this goal.

Current school lunch participation rates are low. Increased participation in school lunch leads to increased resources, allowing school nutrition services to have a broader impact on the health of our children. Potential outcomes may include universal free breakfast, more innovative meal programs and engagement opportunities for kids through food.

“We’re encouraging Wake County residents to eat out in September, to experience amazing food and help us raise $300,000 for our Support School Meals campaign,” said NCPCN co-founder Steve Mangano. “These funds will help us work with Child Nutrition Services to enhance the school nutrition program and increase participation rates for school meals across the school-age population. We envision a school lunchroom that is inclusive, equitable and encouraging for all students, teachers, and staff.”

Participating chefs come from all corners of Wake County and include recent James Beard winner Ashley Christensen and other top chefs like Scott Crawford and Sean Fowler. Great local establishments like La Farm Bakery, Mandolin and Videri Chocolate will be cooking up great food in the month of September to join the Support School Meals campaign.

What: Support School Meals campaign

When: September 1 – September 30, 2019

How: Add $5 to your bill, all proceeds go to Support School Meals


Driftwood Southern Kitchen

Happy + Hale

Irregardless Cafe

La Farm Bakery

Locals Oyster Bar


Neomonde Mediterranean

Pizza La Stella

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

Players’ Retreat

Saint Jacques French Cuisine

Videri Chocolate Factory

Visit supportschoolmeals.org for more information, a full list of participating restaurants and to find out how you can help make this campaign a success.

About North Carolina Partnership for Child Nutrition (NCPCN)

NCPCN is a locally formed, parent-led community nonprofit, with a mission to enable healthy outcomes by ensuring every child chooses to have a nutritious meal at school. Our goal is to work with Wake County Child Nutrition Services to enhance the school nutrition program and increase participation rates across the school age population. To sign up your restaurant to participate, click here.