Prevent Child Abuse America Recognizes Chartwells K12 for Commitment to Raising Awareness of Peer-to-Peer Bullying in Schools

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Chartwells K12’s innovative programs provide schools with training and resources to reduce in-school abuse and combat cyberbullying

Prevent Child Abuse America last week awarded Chartwells K12, a leading partner to K-12 school districts across the country, with the Corporate Responsibility Award. Chartwells K12 was selected for its innovative efforts to stop bullying where it commonly takes place - in the lunchroom - by training thousands of school teams with the information and tools they need to spot and stop bullying, as well as for its efforts to raise awareness around cyberbullying.

Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells teamed up in 2014 with a vision to use the lunchroom as a place of education and awareness-building. The programs put in place since then have impacted how schools are combating bullying.

Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells K12 furthered their partnership in 2016 by going beyond the lunchroom with the #JustStandUp campaign to combat cyberbullying. Chartwells K12 featured the #JustStandUp video on its school lunch app, promoting the message to thousands of students and families who have downloaded and use the app every day.

“Chartwells is the perfect example of our belief that 'we all play a role in child abuse prevention'” said Dan Duffy, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “They had a big vision and have now found a way to be a leader within their own unique space and to bring lifelong, positive impacts for students."

“As the trusted partner of thousands of schools across the country, we have an important role to play in making the cafeteria a healthy and safe environment for all students. Part of this commitment means asking our school teams to join us in supporting students in new ways,” said Rhonna Cass, CEO, Chartwells K12. “We are proud of what our school teams have done to stand up to bullying in just the past two years, and we are excited to continue our support of Prevent Child Abuse America to and continue to fight all types of bullying.”

Chartwells K12 and Prevent Child Abuse America also announced plans to further their work to end bullying in school cafeterias by partnering with Natalie Hampton, the creator of the Sit With Us app. Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells K12 are working to support Natalie’s efforts by helping fund the development of the Android version of the app, and raising awareness about the app through traditional and digital signs in school lunchrooms. Hear a message from Natalie to students here.

About Prevent Child Abuse America
Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America is a national organization with chapters in all 50 states and nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visitation sites. Approaching our 45th anniversary, we lay the groundwork to deliver the great childhoods that all children deserve. We promote services that improve child well-being and develop programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect. Ninety-two cents of every dollar donated goes directly into programs and services, which is why we are rated as “one of the two best charities for children in the nation” by Consumer Reports, and ranked “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by a variety of charity watchdog organizations, including: Charity Navigator, GreatNonprofits and GuideStar. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, visit us at or

About Chartwells K12
Chartwells provides meals to dining services for school districts, ranging from large public institutions to small charter and private schools, and prides itself on creating customized programs to match the requests of the students, parents and faculty. Chartwells is a culinary-focused organization with a mission to extend its passion, dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm into serving each student delicious and nutritious meals. The company is built on decades of food and education experience and driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness and sustainability talent. For more information, visit


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Meagan Meldrim
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