Focus on Food
Focus on Food raise the profile and importance of food education and help secure, sustain and strengthen the status of food in primary and secondary schools nationally, and the wider community.
Focus on Food is all about cooking. Established in 1998, it is the leading practical food education and outreach programme in the UK, set up against a background of a national decline in cooking ability and teaching coupled with rising health problems caused by poor diet and lack of food knowledge and skills.
Focus on Food inspires and enables young people and the wider community to cook and trains teachers, youth and community group leaders and health professionals to teach young people and adults how to select, prepare and cook healthy food.
With increasing obesity among young people and the emphasis on healthy eating and whole-school approaches to food in schools, Focus on Food maintains that the diet and health of the nation will not change significantly unless people are taught the basic skills to cook tasty meals from fresh ingredients and can make a connection between health messages, where food comes from and what they are eating.
Focus on Food aims to raise the profile and importance of food education and to help secure, sustain and strengthen the status of food in primary and secondary schools nationally. It focuses on the making and cooking of food as the key experience in learning about the social importance of food.
At the core of their work is the drive to:
- Ensure cooking is at the core of food education
- Improve food teacher recruitment and training
- Improve food teaching facilities in schools
- Implement a whole-school approach to food in all school
- Make food education compulsory in all primary and secondary schools