Getting food education into schools isn’t just the preserve of celebrity chefs it seems.
This week we’ve been majorly impressed with the Tesco Eat Happy Project – a new discovery for us – and in Tesco’s own words: a long-term commitment to help primary school age children have a “happier and healthier relationship with food”.
A supermarket promoting food? Yes, we know – but there’s such a lot of good stuff here, it’s completely silenced our inner skeptic – and we think you’ll love this project as much as we do.
We think the Farm to Fork Trails are a great idea, giving children the opportunity to see where food comes from and how it’s made. Schools or youth groups can book a trail to see vegetables being grown in the Scottish borders, tomatoes in Kent or cream in Cornwall for example, or go and see how bread is made in a Tesco supermarket. Type in your postcode to find a trail near you.
For the classroom there are Online Field Trips broadcast live from different food producers around the world. Kids can find out where salmon comes from, or how pineapples are grown in Costa Rica and transported back to the UK all without leaving their seats. Because the broadcasts are live, children can chat in real time to the producers and growers. School wasn’t like this when I was a kid.
The Tesco Eat Happy Project also offers free Let’s Cook kids’ courses around the country, developed in association with the Children’s Food Trust, a national charity whose mission is to get every child eating well.
We particularly like the new weekly Let’s Cookalong videos on the website which run throughout the school holidays. As the name suggests, you and the kids can cook along and learn how to make Italian and Moroccan dishes, picnic food or master some basic cooking skills. We’ll be reviewing a Let’s Cookalong video next week so please pop back for that.
It’s great to see supermarkets now starting to go further than just selling food, but now promoting awareness and knowledge and helping our children get closer to where it all comes from. MoKL Loves!