Six Stoke-on-Trent schools, and five nurseries, have been recognised for helping pupils to understand the importance of healthy eating.
Ball Green Primary, Mill Hill Primary Academy, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, Smallthorne Primary, St Paul’s C of E Primary and St Peter’s Catholic Academy all picked up awards at the Soil Association’s fourth Food For Life Awards which took place at Middleport Pottery, in Burslem. The theme for 2019 was – Veg Power – a national campaign to get children to eat more vegetables – https://vegpower.org.uk/
The Soil Association programme is about making good food the easy choice for everyone – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.
The Stoke-on-Trent programme is funded by the Public Health Department of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Martin Harrison, Local Programme Manager Stoke-on-Trent at Soil Association Food For Life, was delighted with the awards and adds: “Food For Life gives the children of our City a great start in life. Eating well keeps them healthy and gives the opportunity to be the best they can. As well as knowing where food comes from they gain a great skill in cooking and the social side of eating which is just as important.”
Five nurseries also picked up awards for demonstrating their efforts in meeting school food standards and voluntary food and drinks nutritional guidelines. All those recognised grow and cook food and share this with the local community too.
The awarded nurseries were: The Old Rectory at Moorcroft Grange, Tiny Treasures ,Tiny Toez at Eastvalley, Tiny Toez at Treehouse and Tiny Toez at Westfield.
During the awards day, which took place on March 7, pupils and guests enjoyed a tour of the Middleport Pottery site including listening to Victoria boat stories, visiting the Victoria
steam engine and a demonstration from master potter Jon French.
**If your school or nursery would like to get involved in the Food for Life programme please contact Martin Harrison, Local Programme Manager, 07468 693560 firstname.lastname@example.org