As a charity, here at Food for Life we understand how tight the purse strings are, and we know that schools are finding it especially tough to make ends meet. But with more than one in five children overweight or obese when they start primary school, rising to one in three by the time they leave, not to mention obesity prevalence in children in the most deprived areas of the country twice that of children in the least deprived areas, we can’t let tight budgets impact on the health of the next generation.
That’s why we have revamped our School Awards Programme to make it more affordable for schools to benefit from our unique, whole school approach that is proven to make a positive contribution to pupil health and well being.
The programme, that sees schools grow their own food; organise trips to farms; source food from local producers; hold community food events; provide cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment is proven to get results: Independent evaluation found that pupils in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat five a day and one-third less likely to eat no fruit or vegetables than pupils in comparison schools. They eat about a third more fruit and vegetables than pupils in comparison schools, and significantly more fruit and vegetables at home.
Achieving an award is a fantastic way for schools to demonstrate that they are doing fantastic work to provide healthy school meals, great lunchtimes and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community.
Click here to find out more about the School Awards programme and start powering your pupils with Food for Life