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Phoenix Local Food Network Chef Offers Lunches to Children at Risk During Coronavirus School Closures
By Lisa Padilla - Friday Mar 20, 2020
Former Food Network's "Chopped" Champion Chef Adam Allison, owner of Handlebar Diner in Mesa, Arizona is offering to pack and donate boxed lunches to children in need of lunch due to mandatory closures because of the coronavirus.

Close to half a million Arizona students qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLBP), a federally assisted meal program because of their families' incomes, and are among the more than 20 million students nationwide who benefit from federal assistance programs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The NSLBP provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day and is a safeguard to the health and well-being of children.

“The last thing that our kids should be worrying about is what they are going to eat for lunch.” Comments Chef Adam Allison “I am happy to be a part of the solution and providing kids with meals.”

This is a tremendous and selfless service by Chef Adam to help protect and provide for the most vulnerable, children, who are being negatively affected in many ways during this unprecedented time of global pandemic.

If your child is in need, please reach out to Chef Adam at

About Chef Adam Allison
Chef Adam has been in the restaurant business for over 15 years owning several food trucks, is a partner in the Left Coast Burrito truck, and is the Executive Chef/ Owner of Handlebar Diner® in Mesa, AZ. Chef Adam is an award-winning chef who attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Scottsdale, AZ and was Food Network’s Season 38 “Chopped” Champion and was invited back to compete in the Food Network's “Chopped” Champions Tournament. He has also been featured on Esquire TV along with Phoenix, Arizona local channels including NBC 12, ABC 15, CBS 5, FOX 10 and Channel 3. Chef Adam enjoys cooking with his Southern roots and adding a Southwest Kick. Chef Adam tends to focus on Local Farmers and distributors for his food ingredients, highlighted throughout the Handlebar Diner's menus. @brightsidechef @handlebar_diner @ketoaz_mealprep @united__catering

About Handlebar Diner®
Handlebar Diner® is a 50's Valentine Diner brought down from Loveland, Colorado by DMB Communities, developers of the Eastmark Community located in the heart of Mesa, Arizona. Seasoned vets to the Restaurant and Catering business, Chef Adam Allison and his business partners were approached with the Handlebar Diner® project in January of 2017. Allison and the team loved the vision of the Diner, the Eastmark Community, and we're proud to partner with DMB Communities to bring it to life. Location: 5149 Inspirian Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85212

By Ashley MeKell