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Partnership to cook up volunteerism, opportunity for ProStart students

A new partnership between the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and anti-hunger concern No Kid Hungry will allow students in the ProStart initiative to work volunteer hours with the charity to earn credits toward completion of the program’s national certificate of achievement.

The partnership between the two organizations was announced Nov. 6 at a ProStart Coordinator Roundtable at Brinker International Restaurants’ headquarters in Dallas.

No Kid Hungry is a nonprofit organization committed to ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children in need with nutrition programs, including school breakfast, summer meals and teaching low-income families how to cook healthful, affordable meals.

ProStart is a national, career-focused, technical education program that teaches high-school students culilnary and restaurant management skills through an industry-derived, competency-based curriculum. To earn their certificates of achievement, students must pass two national exams, demonstrate foundational skills and document 400 hours of industry-related work experience. Students who receive the certificate are eligible for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at more than 60 of the leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities around the country.

“Together with No Kid Hungry, ProStart is helping to create the next generation of thoughtful chefs who are ready to tackle social issues by leveraging their passion for the food and beverage industry and their inherent desire to feed people,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and the NRAEF.

“Chefs and restaurants have been some of our most important supporters, volunteering countless hours and lending their voices in support of ending childhood hunger,” said Gregory Silverman, director of national partnerships for Share Our Strength, creator of the No Kid Hungry campaign. “No Kid Hungry believes ProStart students will see a generation where no kid in America  is hungry and our mission is to help create teen advocates who understand the crisis of childhood hunger and are dedicated to ending it.”

To earn credits, ProStart students will be able to volunteer with several of No Kid Hungry’s campaign initiatives as well as cooking demos, social engagement and other student-driven projects.

Top right: ProStart students can now volunteer with No Kid Hungry to earn credits toward completion of the initiative's national certificate of achievement.

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