Program Eligibility

Our food program is intended to ease the burden of families with children battling cancer during treatments by providing regular meal-kits and/or gift cards throughout the duration of their child’s treatment schedule. Treatment includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and other significant hospital procedures. All families with children battling cancer will register for an account here. Once completed, families may apply to become a food member through the link located on the top of their newly created profile page. Chef Lucas Food partners with the following organizations for referrals to utilize our program:

Pinky Swear Foundation (Nationwide)

Brighter Tomorrows (Midwest)

Hearts and Hands Minnesota (Minnesota, Wisconsin)

Families not referred by one fo the above organizations may still apply for acceptance to our program provided funds are available. You will need to provide a letter from your doctor explaining your child’s diagnosis and expected duration of treatment.



Our purpose and joy is to ease the burden of our member families during their hour of need. Chef Lucas uses an innovative program by awarding food member families play money in the form of Chef Lucas Bucks. Families will use their currency in the Chef Lucas store to purchase food related items throughout the duration of their child’s treatment schedule.

At the beginning of each month, Chef Lucas will deposit 50 “Chef Lucas” Bucks in the accounts of our food members. Families use their bucks to purchase items in the Chef Lucas Store during their child’s treatments. Meal-kit menus will update every week on Sunday and are due by Wednesday at 8 p.m each week. Meal-kits will show out of stock from Wed night until new menu is ready to go live (no later than Sunday noon). Members may bank up to 150 Chef Lucas Bucks in their accounts as a means to balance challenging treatment schedules. After that, the point system is use or lose.

Check the “More Ways to Earn” tab above to see ways families may earn Chef Lucas Bucks for use in the Chef Lucas store.  — Bon Appetit!

How to Order?

Note: Meal-kit menus will update every week on Sunday and are due by Wednesday at 8 p.m each week. Meal-kits will show out of stock from Wed night until new menu is ready to go live (no later than Sunday noon). Members may bank up to 150 Chef Lucas Bucks in their accounts as a means to balance challenging treatment schedules. After that, the point system is use or lose.

1. Proceed to the Chef Lucas Store.

2. Select the meal-kit/gift card you are interested in.

3. After viewing the menu link (via our partner’s website), come back to our store and select the menu item you wish to order. Please note the limitation of Local Crate’s delivery area is currently Minnesota and Illinois. All else must use Home Chef (available to all states).



6. If you completed your profile, billing details should be autofilled – if a red star item is not filled in, please fill in. You will not need to fill in with future orders.

7. PAY WITH CHEF LUCAS BUCKS — select Pay with Chef Lucas Bucks. All meal-kits are priced at $50. 1 buck = $1. If you have a balance, 50 bucks will be deducted from your Chef Lucas balance.


9. That’s it! — you will get an email confirmation of your order (give a few minutes and be sure to check your spam/junk folder in case it ends up there)


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at and we will be happy to help.


Our meal-kit program is meant to provide a meal based grocery delivery service for families battling childhood cancer. With an expanded menu selection, meal-kits provide all the ingredients they need to prepare a fresh quality meal free-of-charge. Our national meal-kit supplier is Home Chef. Minnesota and Illinois families are also able to order from Local Crate. The groceries arrive via direct-to-door delivery to our childhood cancer food members. Ratings from Chef Lucas families for our meal-kit suppliers is shown below:


Home Chef Meal-Kit Ratings


Local Crate Meal-Kit Ratings

The Chef Lucas gift card program is an extension of our mission to ease the burden of families facing the battle against childhood cancer. Families are able to order food related gift cards in the Chef Lucas store using their Chef Lucas Bucks. Gift cards appear digitally in their account profile and may be printed and/or shown via their smart phones.

News — Week of Aug 26 – Sep 1
We are starting a beta gift card program! The cards chosen represent a choice of pizza for the family, coffee for mom and dad, and a treat for the kids. This new program is being funded through the end of 2018 by our good friends at Love Your Melon. Due to funding limits, Chef Lucas will need to manage the inventory of gift cards each month accordingly. Thus, you may see some cards move from ‘in stock‘ to ‘out of stock‘ and back again over the next few months.
Gift Cards will be awarded digitally and will appear in your profile within 1-3 business days of your order. You will find your gift cards on our website after you login under MY GIFT CARDS.
Remember to go through the tabs in PROGRAM INFO to learn about more ways to earn Chef Lucas Bucks. We will look for new ways to earn even more in the coming months.
News — Week of Aug 26 – Sep 1

We created a fun way for you to win Chef Lucas Bucks with the Chef Lucas Scratch Card Game. You can play one time per day. Note: I suspect I may have been too generous in the odds you have of winning — but what the heck! Let’s see how it plays out.


Also, I decided to centralize the location of some useful information for y’all under the website menu labeled Program Info. Go through the tabs as they answer questions like – How to order? Moreover, pay attention to the tabs at the top labeled ‘More Ways to Earn #1’ and ‘More Ways to Earn #2’ — It will be worth your while (30+ Chef Lucas Bucks available).


You will also find a new page in the website – located in menu labeled My Balance. This is a history of your Chef Lucas Buck account transactions to help you and I keep track of stuff in case we mess something up.


News — Week of Aug 19 – 25

Please click the link below, login and answer a few questions to earn 30 Chef Lucas Bucks automatically. We just want to find out a bit more about your kids food likes for future foodie opportunities. If you submit their birthday, we will deposit bucks on your child’s birthday as well! You will earn 20 Chef Lucas Bucks for answering a 5 question questionnaire and 10 bucks for rating our meal-kit suppliers.

Also, for Minnesota and Illinois residents, you may redeem your 30 bucks for a Local Crate meal over the next 6 hours only. The Local Crate meal-kits are now on sale for 30 Chef Lucas Bucks.
News — Week of July 8 – 15
   Remember, 50 ‘Chef Lucas Points’ for those that post a picture and make a comment on our new food social wall in July (see last week news for instructions). Points to be awarded last week of July.
News — Week of July 1 – 7

Happy 4th of July!

     All families (food members) just received 50 points in their account for their July meal-kit. Also, you will find a couple new sections in our website Meal-kit Info and Food Social Wall. I decided to create Meal-kit Info to give you important news and information regarding the meal-kit program (to include important info found in these emails) and a Food Social Wall.


     You can earn an additional 50 points in your account during the month of July if you post a photo (and description) on our new Food Social Wall! Please consider sharing something simple regarding the impact of our food program on your family as you persevere in the fight against childhood cancer. With your help, we can encourage many more families carrying the burden of childhood cancer to join us around the dinner table. 50 point bonus will be awarded at the end of July for any member originating a new post that includes a photo. Just select ‘Food Social Wall‘ in the green menu — select the ‘Add Media’ button and add your photo — Enter a description of your photo — and select the ‘Share Media’ button. That’s it! Lucas has created the first two posts to give you an idea.


News — Week of June 24 – 30
    Due to website issues last week, I have updated everyone’s point balance to at least 50 points in case you experienced any troubles (enough for an additional meal).  Also, you can expect an additional 50 points to be deposited on July 1st. I had found a glitch with the point system last week and spent several hours going down a rabbit hole trying to fix. After a long battle we ended up restoring the website back a few days on and made the ordering system easier (you will see slight change). Thankfully, we were able to fulfill all the orders we got. Bad news, a few of you that updated your profiles last week will need to do it again at your convenience (try to get the orange bar in your profile page to 90% or more). All families that do will get an additional 25 points next week.
    This weeks menu does not include Home Chef due to the holiday. Our Home Chef deliveries occur on Wednesdays and since July 4th falls on a Wed this year, they will not deliver on that day, unfortunately. Thus, Local Crate is only meal-kit provider available this week (note: Local Crate delivers to Minnesota and Illinois only). Give them a try if you can!
    After discussion with our partners, we decided to allow families to bank up to 150 points in your account. Thus, when dealing with challenging treatment schedules, you don’t have to worry about missing out on a meal and can look forward to quality family time around the dinner table when you get home.
    Once your account reaches 150 points, it will be use or lose. For example, if you have 150 points in your account and have not used, you will not get the 50 point credit on the first of the month. Your balance will remain at 150 — so use your points!

Here you can define the content that will be placed within the current tab.

More Ways to Earn Extra Chef Lucas Bucks!

1. Play the Chef Lucas Scratch Card Game!
  • Navigate to Scratch Cards
  • Every card is a winner (Cost to play – 1 Chef Lucas Buck — every card will win at least 1 Buck!)
  • Win 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Chef Lucas Bucks!
  • 25% chance of winning more than 1 Chef Lucas Buck!
  • Play up to one time per day!
2. Rate your last meal-kit (3 Bucks – may earn 1 X month).

Once a month – Earn 3 Chef Lucas Bucks for rating your last meal-kit!

Home Chef

Local Crate


Chef Lucas Challenges (Self-Validation)

Food members may complete 3 challenges listed below to earn 10 Chef Lucas Bucks each (30 bucks total). You may submit each form below only once per offer. After submission, you can verify deposit of Chef Lucas Bucks via MY BALANCE in the website menu. All submissions will be subject to audit as points are awarded via the honor system. Note: Existing challenges and/or new challenges may be extended on a monthly basis depending on availability of funds.

1. Chef Lucas’ Social Media Superfood Challenge! – Post photo w/caption to social media (10 Bucks).

This is for New Posts only (Posts after August 27, 2018). Earn 10 Chef Lucas Bucks for posting a new photo of your child eating a superfood with a short caption on why the food is super to him or her. Please post on any of the following social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Member must include the hashtags listed below with their post. Points will be received automatically after member submits form below.

  • Navigate to your preferred social media platform Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • Login to your social media account and create a post with a picture of your child enjoying a superfood explaining why the food is super!
  • Must include the following hashtags for validation: #ChefLucasSuperfood #DoingGoodwithFood
  • Fill out the form below to receive your Chef Lucas Bucks.

You must be logged in to fill out this form.

2. Post meal-kit photo to the Food Social Wall (10 Bucks).

This is for New Posts only (Posts after August 27, 2018). Earn 10 Chef Lucas Bucks for posting a meal-kit family photo(s) on the Food Social Wall! Points will be received automatically after form submission below.

  • Navigate to Food Social Wall
  • Select Green Add Media Button and add your photo
  • Enter description of your photo
  • Select Share Media button.
  • Fill out form below to receive your Chef Lucas Bucks.

You must be logged in to fill out this form.

3. Update Profile to 100% complete (10 Bucks).

Earn 10 Chef Lucas Bucks by ensuring the orange bar on your profile page is 100% complete! Points will be received automatically after form submission below.

  • Navigate to My Profile
  • If orange bar less than 100%, select ‘Edit Profile’ and update details of profile to reach 100% completion.
  • If orange bar reads 100%, fill out form below to receive your Chef Lucas Bucks.

You must be logged in to fill out this form.

Some times technology just doesn’t cooperate and gets a bit glitchy. If you did not get your points, or if you are finding things just aren’t working as they should in the store, please use our back up order form and we will place your order and deduct any points manually.