Community Opportunities

The ACF Harrisburg Chapter PA-181 is very involved with the community.

In this area you will find a list of all the community service and charitable opportunities for all our members to actively participate. Since the formation of this chapter we have always been available to organizations that need our skill and service.

Please look at the list below and Get Involved with one of our sponsored community events. If new events come up through the year please refer to the Pressroom Area of this website for more opportunities for involvement.

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PR&LA)


The Harrisburg Chapter has several members that serve on the board for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of PR&LA. PR&LA is a great source of information on state regulations and law on the food service industry and also offers Serv Safe classes. PR&LA and ACF Harrisburg have a very strong relationship and do many joint activities together throughout the year.

Chapter Contact: Chef Charlie Gipe CEC AAC at:
Chapter Contact: Chef John Reis at
Chapter Contact: Chef Brian D. Peffley CEPC, CCE, AAC at

Secondary & Post-Secondary OAC & Advisory Boards– (ALL SCHOOL YEAR)

Educational culinary, pastry arts, & hospitality facilities are always looking for members to sit on their advisory boards. These boards usually meet two times a year and are given opportunities to present demonstrations, judge competitions, advise instructional staff, and evaluate state testing exams (NOCTI).  All make a huge positive impact on young culinarians’ lives.

Participating schools:

Post-secondary: HACC, YTI, KTI & Penn College.

Secondary: Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin, & Cumberland Perry CTC’s, Carlisle High, & Milton Hershey.

Chapter Contact: Chef Bob Roebuck CEC, AAC at: roebuck2@verizo​
Chapter Contact: Chef Charlie Gipe CEC AAC at:
Chapter Contact: Chef Brian D. Peffley CEPC, CCE, AAC at:

Ronald McDonald House: (First Sunday of each Month)

Every month The ACF Harrisburg Chapter seeks a member to donate a free meal to serve 60 people.  For more info about Ronald MacDonald House go to:

In December we ask all members to bring a couple dozen Christmas cookies to the December meeting that is then taken to the Ronald Mac Donald House.

If you would like to be take part as a meal sponsor.

Chapter Contact: Chef Bob Roebuck CEC, AAC at: roebuck2@verizo​

Blood Bank: (ALL YEAR)

We have an account with the Central Pa Blood Bank, if you are need of blood please inform the bank our account is ACF PA-181. We have a goal of 16 units of blood each year. We ask are seeking donors every month to reach our year end goal. So, roll up your sleeve and bled for a good cause.

Contact your local area blood bank to see where you can donate at:

Chapter Contact: Chef Tim McGrath at:

Venturing Scouting: (Before each Monthly Meeting)

One hour before each meeting Chef Charlie Gipe conducts the program to support the Boy Scouts with this merit program. More info at:

Chapter Contact: Chef Charlie Gipe CEC AAC at:

Chefs Move to Schools: (SCHOOL YEAR)

This is an opportunity for all chefs to look for a local school that would like a chef to come and partner with the school to battle childhood obesity. Many members of our chapter are involved with schools and have participated in many activities to reduce this epidemic. Go to: for more information and how to partner with a school.

FREE download info:

Chapter Contact: Chef Tom Long CEC, AAC

PA Farm Show: (JANUARY)

Many Chef’s from the chapter work with PA Preferred & Weis Foods at the annual chef’s connection demonstration stage.

Chapter Contact: Chef Brian D. Peffley CEPC, CCE, AAC at:
Chapter Contact: Chef David T. Mills III at:

Chocolate Fest: (February)

Sign up to have a booth at this food event or talk to a chapter member about assist at one of their booths. For more information: this event benefits Keystone Health Services.

Chapter Contact: Chef John Reis at

PA Flavor: (April)

This food event is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Brew masters and PR&LA (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association) to raise awareness of the local brews and foods that goes great together. More info at :

Chapter Contact: Heidi Howard at

One Great Lunch with 8 Great Chefs: (MAY)

This one day event is set to raise money for the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center.  Participants enjoyed a sumptuous and entertaining four-course luncheon prepared by top local chefs! The chefs also provided lively demonstrations—both live and on screen—on how the delectable meals were prepared.

Chapter Contact Chef Bob Roebuck CEC, AAC at his email address: roebuck2@verizo​

PR&LA/ACF Golf Outing: (OCTOBER)

This annual golf event raises money for 3 different organizations Camp Cadet for the PA State Troopers, Central PA food Bank, and PR&LA Scholarship Fund. Come out and help with the meal or form a team and play a round for a great cause.

Chapter Contact: Chef Charlie Gipe CEC, AAC at
Chapter Contact: Brian D. Peffley CEPC, CCE, AAC at

The Taste of Central PA: (October)

The end of October or first week in November the chapter actively participates in the yearly event to raise money for the local Central PA Food Banks. This food event is held at Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg.

Chapter Contact: Chef John Reis at

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank: (Several times a Month)

3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109

Chef Bob Roebuck CEC is requesting chefs from our chapter to assist him at the food bank to work with the various agencies that receive food bank to work with their cooks to show them simple recipes so they can take back with them to help feed the people that come to their locations. The agencies will send several of their people to work with us in the kitchen to try to help them in their particular food service program.

Contact Chef Roebuck CEC if interested in assisting at: roebuck2@verizo​

The LEAF (Leadership Education And Farming) Project is an innovative program that cultivates youth leaders through the meaningful work of cultivating food and our local food economy. LEAF hires youth, ages 14-22, into paid internship to work alongside talented farmers and chefs in Southcentral PA. During the peak season, LEAF youth harvest peak quality produce from our host farm and collaborate with regional chefs to learn the necessary skills to prepare it through weekly hands on classes.

LEAF continues to seek partnerships with chefs through our weekly hands on classes and for specials events and fundraisers. Additionally, LEAF is looking for catering equipment such as chafers, cambros, full and half sheet trays, serving utensils, and others. Visit our website to learn more about what we do:

or contact our director, Heidi, if you want to help us out!

Leaf Project 2015 Needs

Harvest Meal Flyer