North Somercotes CE Primary School has been awarded the Food for Life Partnership Bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.
The school is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform the school’s food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.
As part of the Bronze award scheme, the school serves seasonal school meals, 100 per cent of which are freshly prepared by experienced school cook, Sarah Howard, who runs the school kitchen. The school also gives every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm, cook and take part in food growing activities at school, and pupils and parents are involved in making improvements to the school’s menu and dining experience.
Last Friday they hosted a Farmers’ Market with about 13 stalls all run by local food and craft suppliers. Plus they have put together a recipe book made up of favourite family recipes from all the children.
Cook Sarah Howard said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have received this award, we love working with the children to get them enthusiastic about food. This is testament to the hard work of the full kitchen team, the school staff and of course, the children. Last week we served a game lasagne for school lunch and this was eaten by nearly 100 children from as young as three! It was a pleasure to see them enjoying new, fresh and seasonal food.”
Independent research, summarised in a new report Good Food For All reveals the success of five years of the Food for Life Partnership.
The evidence from three independent research studies focuses in particular on four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.
The Food for Life Partnership has created a network of over 4,500 schools across England committed to transforming their food culture. It supports them to provide fresh, well-sourced and nutritious meals and improve their overall lunchtime experience.
It helps children, adults and teachers understand the importance of good nutrition and where their food comes from through practical cooking and growing activities and farm visits.
The initiative is led by the Soil Association, bringing together the practical expertise of Focus on Food, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust. It is free for schools in England to enrol and provides a wealth of resources to support their progress through the award framework.
To find out more, visit www.foodforlife.org.uk