Food Education Trust Helps Improve Nutrition at Cross Gates Primary School
The Food Education Trust, an independent charity that teaches children and adults cookery skills, has enabled Cross Gates Primary School in Rochdale to significantly improve the nutritional value of the food it serves its children and the quality of food education it provides to them. The charity has donated a new oven to the school, increasing its capacity for food production and enabling it to offer food based extracurricular activities.
“The school is no longer limited in terms of what it can cook, which makes a big difference to the children, as the range and quality of food served will be increased, with savoury and sweet options. The school has also made a commitment to improving nutrition and food education, which is vital if we are to combat childhood obesity.” Comments Romilla Arber, founder of the Food Education Trust. The school’s head teacher, Mrs. Hamer added, "At Cross Gates Primary School, we are encouraging healthy eating with families and children by providing a cookery club on a weekly basis. The new cooker will enable us to continue our current menus and extend the range of cooking experiences we offer."
The children are already enjoying the new activities open to them as a result of the new oven donation. After cooking and eating chicken rissoles with potato wedges with his friends, Amy and Maison, Luke, a nine year old pupil at Cross Gates Primary said, “We love the chance to cook our own dinners and learn what different foods are made of and which ones are good for you. I’ve never had a chicken rissole before, but I really like them and I’m going to make them at home.”
Romilla’s charity provides vital support to many schools and education establishments and has equipped thousands of children and adults with essential cooking skills, teaching them the joy of creating meals from basic ingredients. With government funding being slashed, The Food Education Trust delivers much needed support and advice where it is needed. In the three years since it began it has touched the lives of over 15,000 people. The charity is funded entirely by sales of Romilla’s books “What’s for Dinner?” and the award-winning “What’s for Dinner? Second Helpings” both are available to purchase in all good bookshops and online at www.amazon.co.uk
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