From the Chef Ann Foundation Newsletter, December 16, 2020.
At the age of 67, Chef Ann Cooper has dedicated decades to healthier school food. Through her career, she has supported change nationally, regionally, and especially across school districts.
Chef Ann recently announced her retirement as Food Service Director at Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). Over the course of 11 years, Chef Ann and her team built BVSD into an example of a high quality scratch-cook meal program, with many local farmer partnerships, fresh scratch-cooked meals served daily, and a state-of-the-art culinary center.
Chef Ann Cooper’s career has had a lasting and far-reaching impact; her work serves as a reminder that healthy school food must be available to all children both locally and nationally. With 30 million daily meals and $14 billion spent every year, school food continues to be one of the largest avenues for healthy meals and hunger relief.
Looking forward, Ann will spend more time on all the things she’s done between district meetings for the last 20 years: speaking about school food, mentoring advocates, and engaging new partners in the fight for healthier food. She’ll also have more time for hiking, biking, skiing, and of course, cooking.
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