We really need parents to actively support their schools. It is amazing how much impact a few parents can have!
Merton Parents for Better Food in Schools
Why get involved?
As a parent you have power
local politicians & schools listen to parents and guardians when they campaign
Home and School working together
messages from home and school are more effective when they are reinforced by one another
You have skills your local school needs
schools are always keen to benefit from parents’ support and experience on food issues.
What can you do?
There are lots of ways you can help your school transform its food culture. Here are a few:
- Be part of the School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) along with pupils, staff, caterers and other parents - If your school doesn’t have one of these, you could set one up
- Join your child for a school lunch and meet the school catering team
- Offer to start a compost scheme for your school and help the children to manage it themselves
- Run a gardening club - If you can spare an hour each week, help the children grow vegetables or herbs in beds or containers in the school grounds or in the class room
- Share your experiences at a school assembly or in the classroom - whether you’re a farmer, keen gardener or run a food business you’ll have something to offer. You could ask the school to carry out a ‘skills audit’ - There may be lots of expertise linked to your school. Many parents, grandparents and friends are happy to share their knowledge and expertise.
- Get involved with a cooking club sharing recipes and tips – if you’re stuck for ideas then check out the quarterly Cook School magazine from Focus on Food
- Write a school newsletter – get people inspired by interviewing staff, pupils and parents or keep a photo diary of the school garden throughout the year
- Get involved in the Parents Teachers Association and make sure transforming food culture is high on the agenda.
For more ideas and information download a copy of our parents pack