The Chef's Academy Continues Holiday Tradition with Meal Donations to Local Families in Need

Students, Instructors and Faculty of Local Culinary Institute to Prepare and Deliver Meals to 12 Local Families on Dec. 12

Raleigh, NC, December 13, 2013 --( The Chef’s Academy, the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, private sector college serving more than 4,000 students worldwide, will once again help 12 Triangle families make lasting memories this holiday season by donating 12 seasonally-inspired meals for a family feast. This donation effort, which began in 2012, was initially designed to provide hot meals to local military wives whose spouses were deployed around the world. This year, The Chef’s Academy has partnered with Lufkin Road Middle School in Apex, N.C., to identify families, both military and non-military, that would benefit from a delicious holiday meal. The Chef’s Academy’s students will prepare and package each meal on Thursday, Dec. 12, and instructors and students will personally hand-deliver individual meals to each family that afternoon.

This effort is one of many initiatives The Chef’s Academy undertakes each year to support the local Triangle community. Due to community service commitments like these in 2012, the institution received the community service award from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) for its outstanding commitment to advancing local civic service efforts. The school was also recognized as the 2013 President’s Higher Education Honor Roll Award by the Corporation of National and Community Service. Deeply involved in community efforts, The Chef’s Academy is committed to addressing local hunger and assisting families in need, advancing the local food economy and assisting families and educators in educating local youth about health, wellness and the importance of smart lifestyle choices. Having partnered with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina since 2011, the institution has raised more than 200,000 meals for families in need.

“This is a program that is incredibly close to my heart, as it encourages students to give back to a community that has given so much to us already,” said Chef Sherry Stolfo, pastry chef instructor and program chair. “The holidays are particularly a special time to spread joy throughout the community, and we are happy to share our time and talents with those who may be less fortunate or far from their families and loved ones this holiday season.”

“At The Chef’s Academy, we believe it is incredibly important to be more than culinary experts, but community change agents as well,” said Chef Jeffrey Bane, North Carolina campus president and national dean at The Chef’s Academy. “By creating and donating meals, we hope to provide some relief and offer support to local families, letting them know that they have an ally within the Triangle community.”

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The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College, a 110-year-old, nationally accredited institution that offers more than 40 degree programs in five schools of study. More than 5,000 students altogether are enrolled at Harrison College’s 12 campuses, its online division and The Chef’s Academy. Headquartered in Indianapolis, The Chef’s Academy opened a second academy on a 4.37-acre campus in North Carolina’s Triangle in August 2011. At The Chef’s Academy, students become prepared and marketable graduates entering the fields of culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management through classroom and experiential instruction that sets up expectations for the real-life industry. The college’s culinary division provides an environment that fosters students’ passion for culinary arts and hospitality, and a curriculum developed by the most qualified instructors and leaders in the market. The Chef’s Academy is endorsed and accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). For more information about The Chef’s Academy, visit
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