Our Impact


CHEF is an award winning program grounded in research and best practices endorsed by, among others, the USDA, the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Diabetes Association. CHEF has been rigorously evaluated by independent researchers including UT Health San Antonio, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, and Westat, Inc. a nationally recognized research and evaluation firm, and has been shown to have positive, statistically significant outcomes. These Impact Outcomes include improvements in student’s:

Nutrition Knowledge

Understanding and retention of basic nutrition concepts and healthy lifestyle tenets.


Confidence/competence to apply lessons learned in CHEF class at home.

Healthy Eating Behavior

Adoption, implementation, and fidelity to healthy eating practices and the regular practice of cooking/eating at home.

Click here to see a peer-reviewed program evaluation published in Frontiers in Public Health.

Our Impact On The Community