Just as we are committed to cultivating your success as a health educator, we are also committed to cultivating health and success for people around the world. When you invest in your education to further your skills, we in turn invest in not-for-profit organizations that support good food for all, the empowerment of women and health education globally.
No one succeeds in isolation. It takes a community!
The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, Meghan Telpner Inc. and Culinary Nutrition Expert program graduates are firmly committed to supporting our communities and the greater community of the world. Healthy food is a vital component to a healthy life. Despite the abundance of food being grown on the planet, it is not reaching the men, women and children who are going hungry everyday. The availability of great food and the understanding of the role it plays in our ability to learn, grow, and effectively contribute to our communities is fundamental to the health and happiness of the people we share this planet with. It is the commitment of The Academy of Culinary Nutrition and Meghan Telpner Inc. to support a change in paradigm — good, clean, health-building food and the education around its importance should be available to everyone who seeks it.
The primary way we give back is through our From Scratch Cookbook, a digital cookbook compiled of recipes from our Culinary Nutrition Experts. 100% of the proceeds of this cookbook go to charity. To date, we have donated close to $70,000 to charities.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. — Lao Tzu
Our Current Partners
Community Food Centres Canada
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC)’s vision is a country where everyone has the means and knowledge necessary to access good, healthy food in a dignified way, and the ability and opportunity to be heard on the food issues that affect them
CFCC believes in the power of food and Community Food Centres are welcoming spaces where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. They offer Food Access Programs which provide emergency access to healthy food to those in need, Food Skills Programs to help participants develop healthy food behaviours and skills, primarily in the areas of gardening and cooking as well as Education and Engagement Programs that work to give individuals and communities voice and agency on food and hunger issues.
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Borrowers from all over the world submit their applications for loans, and those who donate can read through their stories and ‘loan’ money to those whose story they connect with. All Kiva loans are disbursed by their Field Partners who vet and work closely with each borrower. As the borrowers pay back their loans, lenders can use that money to empower another person by supporting their loan. Together with our 2014 graduates we were able to raise $4,800 which we shared with 35 projects to begin. Nearly 90% of our first loan recipients were women, and more than half were working in the food and agriculture sectors. Since then, many loans have been repaid, and we’ve been able to lend more than $9,800 to borrowers all over the world!
Pencils of Promise
Pencils of Promise is a global education organization that builds schools and provides quality educational programming to increase literacy rates in Ghana, Guatemala, Laos and Nicaragua. Through teacher support they provide teacher trainings to PoP teachers and develop engaging materials to use in class due to the lack of resources. PoP also builds bathrooms and hand-washing stations, and trains students on proper hygiene and how that affects their health. They also provide secondary school students with scholarships so they have the resources (including tuition, materials, lodging and transportation) needed to attend school. Along with our generous 2015 Culinary Nutrition Experts, we created the 2016 edition of From Scratch which helped to raise more than $9,000 for Pencils of Promise. This is enough to send 360 students to school!
Charity Water is a not-for profit committed to donating 100% of all money raised to projects worldwide that fund sustainable water projects for communities in need. With the contribution of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition in honour of our Spring 2014 CNE Program students, we provided clean drinking water for 250 individuals. Charity Water partners select water point locations based on geography and assessments of need. They also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders, risk of overlap with the work of other organizations and availability of spare parts and repair services. Additionally, a community’s willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and participation to sustain water points over time. We are truly honoured to be in a position to be able to support clean and safe drinking water- the source of life for all human beings.
Thrive initiative seeks to address extreme poverty by helping African communities move from food reliance into conditions of self-sufficiency and surplus. They’re doing this by equipping small-scale farmers with the resources and knowledge to farm organically and productively, and then asking those farmers to help the orphans in their communities. By alleviating the strain of food insecurity in poor, rural areas, Thrive creates capacity in those communities to support sustainable, healthy community development.
FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit community organization whose vision is Good Healthy Food for All. Founded in 1985 to address hunger in Toronto communities, FoodShare takes a unique multifaceted and long-term approach to hunger and food issues. FoodShare empowers individuals, families and communities through food-based initiatives, while advocating for the broader public policies needed to ensure that everyone has adequate access to sustainably produced, good healthy food.
Submit Your Organization
Do you work for, partner with or give to a most awesome organization that supports food security and the health, happiness, wellbeing and empowerment of challenged communities? Please send us an email with information about your organization.