FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) is a year 5 and 6 curriculum aligned education program from OzHarvest, inspiring kids to eat healthy, waste less and be change makers in their local community. Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food!
The FEAST program runs for 7-10 weeks and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum STEM Learning Areas. Students are tasked with the opportunity to explore and design new recipes that use food that might otherwise go to waste and then explain how the recipe addresses food waste and healthy eating. Students will design, make and launch a ‘School Cookbook’ to educate their community.
Working together with teachers and the school community creates the foundations of the FEAST program. OzHarvest is a Government endorsed teacher trainer provider, using an inquiry based and integrated approach to explore the role food plays in everyday lives and the importance of protecting the planet, through sustainability, reducing food waste and nutrition education.
The FEAST program is available to all primary schools across NSW and will be available nationally in 2020.
Download more information here and sign up your school to help us fight food waste!
“Since beginning the FEAST program I’ve noticed a huge change in my students at school and a lot of the kids are talking about how they are now aware of what food waste is and are trying out new recipes at home”
– Rasha, Teacher Lakemba Public School
In Australia, 4 million people experience food relief each year, a quarter are childrenView source
One child in every classroom goes to bed or school hungry every dayView source
Food waste costs the economy A LOT of money.
$20 billion a year. What a waste.
Wasting food wastes EVERYTHING, precious land, water, energy and money. Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90-minute shower!View source
Food left to rot in landfill produces powerful methane gas, which contributes to climate change. In fact, if food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.View source
Half of all food wasted comes from the home. So, we can all be part of the solution, starting TODAY!View source
Nationally, 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese and many do not eat enough fresh fruit and veg, which affects how they learn at school and can lead to poor physical and mental health.View source
Download the infographic to show others how important this is and why we all need to fight food waste.
FEAST can be easily implemented in any classroom. Designed for Years 5 and 6 it includes everything you need to teach the STEM curriculum aligned program including; unit of work, detailed lesson plans, student activities, optional learning experiences, FEAST practical cooking guide and a range of hot and cold recipes which can be cooked in any classroom.
By purchasing the curriculum package your school will get online access to teacher and student toolkits via the FEAST website portal, OzHarvest video library, school FEAST awards and email support from OzHarvest’s FEAST team.
The essential ingredients for learning are having fun and being engaged. FEAST gets kids immersed in hands-on cooking activities in the classroom. (No kitchen required!)
Through purchasing a FEAST kitchen kit students can cook from a range of healthy and delicious recipes that have been designed to cater to all skill levels. Easy sustainable recipes include; fast fritters, crunchy noodle salad, peach parfait, honey soy noodle salad and tortilla wraps with butter bean hummus.
Working together with teachers and school communities create the foundations of the FEAST program. The FEAST teacher training inspires, informs and educates teachers to confidently deliver the Stage 3 FEAST program.
FEAST training is offered either as a 6-hr face-to-face workshop at our Alexandria headquarters or 3-hour online teacher training module.
All OzHarvest teacher training is registered with NESA. See individual courses for details.
Using an inquiry based and integrated approach to learning, students are tasked with the opportunity to explore and design new recipes that use food that might otherwise go to waste and then explain how the recipe addresses food waste and healthy eating.
Students design, make and launch a ‘School Cookbook’ to educate their community.
View the cookbooks schools that participated in our FEAST program created.