"Receiving the NFEF grant has impacted my career in such an amazing way. I have been growing more confidently in my culinary career receiving promotion and salary advancement. Currently I am working as a culinary manager at Autumn Leaves Memory Care facility. Autumn Leaves is a community designed specifically for people in various stages of dementia and Alzheimer's. Our culinary program provides residents daily with high quality, fresh, wholesome and nutrient dense foods, with their preferred meal choices while ensuring their nutritional needs are met. We provide our residents with three scratch-based meals per day in addition to three snack options. My facility recognizes my accomplishments by giving me full creative control in menu and recipe development, food quality expertise, and kitchen operations. They rely on my talents and abilities to ensure that I exceed all expectations, and, I do."

Jacinta Williams, CDM, CFPP
Fall Certification Exam Grant

Jacinta Williams

the Foundation


NFEF engages in research and education that promote the role of the CDM as the expert in the profession of foodservice management and food safety.

Board of Trustees


The NFEF Board of Trustees is comprised of educators, professionals working in diverse institutional foodservice settings, and corporate supplier representatives.

Grant & Scholarship


The Foundation has awarded a total of 40 grants in FY19 - 20. See the complete list of recipients!