PRIMARY SCHOOLS TUCK INTO A NEW FEAST FROM OZHARVEST
Students at Bellevue Hill Primary School joined OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn AO and Chef and TV host Colin Fassnidge, to celebrate the FEAST national launch of a new education program called FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training).
The curriculum aligned education program from OzHarvest, inspires kids to eat healthy food, waste less and become change-makers in their local communities. Bellevue Hill Public School was one of 42 schools across NSW that have run the program this year, reaching 2,500 students across the state. FEAST is now available to schools across the country.
OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn AO said FEAST was developed after identifying a gap in the curriculum for a sustainability program that addressed food waste and healthy eating. “When it comes to fighting food waste, kids are the future change-makers and are extremely passionate about protecting the planet. Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food! Ultimately, we hope it will help achieve our vision to build a world with zero food waste and free of hunger. “
OzHarvest Chef Ambassador, Colin Fassnidge put his stamp of approval on the program. “As a chef and father of young kids, it’s vital to teach children the value of food and importance of not wasting it. FEAST is a fun way to learn about food waste, it inspires creativity as students invent their own recipes. It’s such a good way to get kids cooking and eating healthy food! It really is an essential ingredient for all schools.”
Inspiring all Aussie kids to be future change-makers!
Schools can run FEAST for 7-10 weeks and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum STEM and English Learning Areas. Aimed at Years 5 and 6, the program teaches kids about sustainability, food waste and nutrition using hands-on cooking and inquiry-based learning.
The culmination of the program is the ‘School Cookbook’ which brings to life everything the students have learnt about food waste and healthy eating. The program encourages students to influence their whole school community by hosting a Cookbook launch and sharing their knowledge on the topic.
Bellevue Hill Public School Principal, Mrs Bennett said the Stage 3 students and teachers enjoyed the interactive experience of FEAST. “Our students had great fun learning about food waste, creating their own recipes and getting stuck into the hands-on cooking activities. Interaction is a great way to get results and FEAST is a fantastic example of this.”
OzHarvest offers a professional learning teacher training day or an online training module that is quick and easy to complete. Schools also get online access to teacher and student toolkits, video and classroom resources, and ongoing support from the FEAST team.
Thanks to support from corporate and philanthropic organisations, financial support is available to help eligible schools undertake the program. For more details or to register your school to run FEAST visit ozharvest.org/feast
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