We love Chef Andrew! Thanks to KNWA – Northwest Arkansas News and General Mills for highlighting our own Chef Andrew and his efforts to provide a healthy and sustainable Nutrition program for the children in our care.
Providing healthy meals and snacks to our kids (many of whom have faced food insecurity most of their lives) is just one of the ways we can build trust and begin the healing process. Thank you to our Nutrition program partners: General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Happy Egg, Tyson Foods and the NWA Food Bank.
The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter provides 24-hour emergency residential care for children who are victims of family violence, neglect and physical and sexual abuse. While the nonprofit offers a safe harbor for children, it also addresses the importance of tackling food insecurity.
The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter cares for about 500 kids per year. During their brief stay at the facility in the Bentonville area their most important needs are addressed, including proper nutrition.
Chef Andrew Dias Jayasinghe’s kitchen is a finely tuned machine. As the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Food Service Director Chef Andrew identified an immediate need to switch from the many processed foods they worked with through the federal school lunches program for more fresh foods. He immediately knew where to start.