Chefs4Kids Foundation is a sustainable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit.
We are chefs, entrepreneurs and leaders of social justice working together to create innovative solutions to global issues.
We support great organizations to make them stronger, more efficient, and measurably more effective. Our on-the-ground partners have proven over time to have innovative, cutting-edge solutions to the challenges facing youth.
We are deeply involved in program development on location around the world to ensure all funds are truly creating change. To learn more about our programs,
Our innovative approach to philanthropy evokes a direct, personal, and genuine connection to our causes. We want you to see, feel, and taste the difference you are making.
We work to empower children and youth to improve their lives and gain access to their human rights. This ensures long-lasting change and a sustainable path for the future.
We believe children are the future. Yet each day, we see children living on the edge of society, in servitude and poverty.
Chefs4Kids collaborates with chefs, entrepreneurs and leaders of social justice to create innovative solutions to poverty. By linking restaurants and philanthropic campaigns, small crop farmers to distribution networks and food manufacturers to fair trade products, we are changing the world through food.
Who’s At The Table
Dr. Atema R Eclai
My goal in life is to bring my expertise to bear in support of people who want to access their human rights, and to journey with them as they move from the margins of society to the center where they can influence the decisions that are made about their lives.
Atema is a world-renowned humanitarian activist. Atema has worked around the world for three decades on quality education, leadership, economic empowerment, conflict resolution, negotiation, revolving loans, women's health, gender and security, refugee and migrant issues. She holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School and a masters and doctorate from Harvard's School of Education. Atema leads the programming division of Chefs4Kids called Uwezowetu, meaning "Our Collective Strength" in Swahili, the native language of her home country of Kenya.
I believe deeply that for social change to be effective and long-lasting, it must be rooted in the wisdom of grassroots groups who are living the realities of injustice on a daily basis.
Wendy has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1997. She has created and managed human rights and social justice programs in disaster recovery, trauma resiliency, economic empowerment, child protection, women's rights, popular education, agro-ecology, cross-cultural collaborations, food sovereignty, renewable energies, and alternative building methods. Wendy has a masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Hospice and Grief Counseling. She believes passionately in the power and ingenuity of grassroots organizations to devise innovative solutions to their own problems.
Life is an individual journey, but no one's journey is made alone. I feel a personal responsibility to create a more level playing field for everyone.
As a founding partner of Culinary Concepts Group and Cocorico Chocolate Company, Shawn leveraged his entrepreneurial experience to develop the Chefs4Kids Foundation. Always in pursuit of adventure, he and his family spent 2008 living in Managua, Nicaragua. In 2011, Shawn and his family backpacked around the globe, "world schooling" his two children and developing empathy for all people. Shawn has a passion for the world at large and a personal mission to support and encourage humanitarian pursuits by empowering others through the development of socially conscious business models.
Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in the world. I seek meaningful connections with those who share the passion to contribute to the greater good…creating a collective strength that has unlimited potential.
With a degree in Food Science & Industry, Kim began her career with 8 years in Quality Assurance and R&D for Applebee's International. She then worked in supply chain for Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC as a buying agent for Applebee's and IHOP and invested another 7 years developing a deep understanding of multi-unit purchasing. Kim has worked across all food product categories and has built strong relationships with culinary leaders and food manufacturers. In 2015, she left the corporate world to found her own consulting company and contribute her extensive experience to Chefs4Kids. With C4K, Kim achieves a balance between her expertise in the food industry and desire to support a cause that evokes sustainable change in the world.
Legacy is about leaving the world a better place, by contributing in whatever way possible - BIG or small.
Growing up in a large family I learned early on core values of passion, trust, competition and collaboration. I also had the unique and profound EXPERIENCE of growing up with Muhammad Ali, who added values of brand, authenticity, community and engagement. Now as a venture builder I am deploying these lessons and sharing them with entrepreneurial driven, multi-disciplinary teams which are passionately and strategically aligned. We are looking beyond the paradigm of ‘solving BIG PROBLEMS’ and focused on the disruptive principles of ‘solving BIG OPPORTUNITIES’. I believe in being lean and scrappy, and building strong foundations to support enormous growth.
Chef Rick Koplau
Food is one of the basic human needs. Through food, we can provide skills and opportunities to save lives and enrich the future of children around the world.
Rick is an accomplished career chef with over 12 years of industry experience, working in both Germany and the United States. During his tenure as Chef de Cuisine at Hyatt's flagship restaurant, the Lone Eagle Grille, Rick received the status of "Best Chef" by Best Chefs of America. After visiting Haiti to help provide local women with cooking skills, Rick dedicated himself to Chefs4Kids and their commitment to helping children.
Chef Eric Justice
There are millions of great kids in the world that need our help. What better way to contribute than to harness the talents and generosity of restaurateurs and chefs.
As the founder of Remarkable Culinary, Eric is steadfast in his objective to create restaurants that deliver a remarkable experience. Chef Eric's impressive career began after earning his culinary arts degree from Le Chef College of Hospitality in Austin, TX in 1993. Since then, Chef Eric has developed restaurants and menus all across the U.S., trained worldwide, and appeared on numerous regional television broadcasts bringing his soul-satisfying style of comfort and simplicity in cooking into American homes. Chef Eric discovered a passion for bringing life necessities to destitute children at a New York benefit for the Gladney Center for Adoption. A documentary shown that evening inspired Eric to further honor his beliefs in brotherhood, compassion, and fellowship by creating Chefs4Kids.