Food Education Trust


Ridgeway Primary School in South Tyneside has just received a £250 donation from The Food Education Trust that will fund cookery lessons for its pupils, educating them in the importance of a balanced diet and teaching them cooking skills for life. The Food Education Trust supports home economic style classes and supplies cookery equipment for primary schools, colleges and adult education centres across the UK, and Ridgeway Primary School is the latest to benefit from this.

Ridgeway Primary School had been running a popular and successful after school cookery club, where children had been learning to cook delicious alternatives to takeaway and processed food, but circumstances threatened to close this club. While working hard to come out of its ‘Notice to Improve’ Ridgeway Primary has been forced to make difficult decisions in allocating its limited resources and there was simply no money left to fund this club and pupils would not be able to afford to pay to attend.

This Food Education Trust grant means that Ridgeway can continue to offer this vital after school cookery club and to teach the children that home-made is not only more nutritious but fun and delicious too. The Food Education Trust has devised a programme for children that ensures that they acquire as many useful skills as they can during their cooking sessions. This includes learning to follow recipes, learning about cooking terms, chopping, washing and preparing vegetables. The Ridgeway children will gain cookery skills for life, enabling them to cook healthy nutritious meals. To this end The Food Education Trust has been working to educate adults and children in basic cooking skills since it was established in 2008, and has already had a huge impact on those it has helped.

The Food Education Trust is wholly funded by sales of founder, Romilla Arber’s cookery manual, “What’s for Dinner?”. “What’s for Dinner?” is unlike any other cookery book available in the UK as it features a time-saving shopping list for the week, along with a well thought out weekly menu comprised of seven meals, a Sunday pud and a tea-time treat for the family. It is designed to take the stress out of preparing fresh and delicious family meals on a daily basis and encourages people to cook meals from scratch. In supporting the work of schools such as Ridgeway Primary, The Food Education Trust hopes to teach children the cooking skills that will set them up for a life of healthy eating.


For further information please contact Li Boatwright at Storrington PR