Slow Food is strengthening its commitment to improving daily food and to bringing ‘good, clean and fair’ offerings to everyone’s table, with a major focus on school canteens. For this reason, Slow Food is developing a series of activities aiming to improve canteen food services and children’s food habits while also guaranteeing a mealtime that combines pleasure with nutrition and care for the planet. The main project carrying out these activities is “European Schools for Healthy Food”, a European Commission-funded campaign (AGRI.2010-127). The project, which began in May 2010 and is set to end in April 2011, involves schools in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Northern Ireland and Spain.
The overall objective of the project is to promote the consumption of healthy fresh food in school canteens, informing schools, but also the wider network of Slow Food learning communities, about good food habits.
The target groups will include stakeholders such as families, consumers, school canteen services, and also the private and public bodies in charge of education policy. The project aims to connect with European schools in order to disseminate tools to raise-awareness about CAP (the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy), in particular about the European-wide initiatives that can be utilized within communities to improve school canteens and food service. With this approach, canteen and food services can be made healthier, better for the environment and more rooted in the community.
All schools participating in the project receive Slow Food’s taste education kit which include the ‘To the Origins of Taste’, a guide for developing educational activities that stimulate the senses and encourage students and adults alike to better understand their food, from its taste qualities to its origin and production methods. Schools are also encouraged to improve the quality and sustainability of their canteen service and evaluate the management of the canteen in different areas; e.g. supply, storage, preparation, service and waste. A social network website allows schools to get in touch by providing a place for them to post photos and videos in addition to sharing information on the progress of their learning.
The project was officially launched at Terra Madre 2010 and is concentrating on regional networking seminars in all ten participating nations from November 2010 until March 2011. These regional gatherings will target educators, academics, farmers, producers, cooks, government authorities, youth and Slow Food’s extensive national membership, with the dual aims of promoting best practice examples from around Europe and enlarging the “European Schools for Healthy Food” network within the countries.
To join the network, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Funded by DG Agri