Herefordshire Food Charter. Healthy food for people, place and planet

Are you a Herefordshire Secondary Schoolarp191003 biteback web35Apply for a fully funded place on Bite Back's School Food Champions programme!

Herefordshire Food Alliance would love to support your application, and incorporate the food champions in your school in all our other work countywide - steering group, events etc.  Get in touch!

"School is the single biggest opportunity we have to ensure every child is getting the food they need to thrive - but right now, that is not the reality. School Food Champions was created to change this!

I am excited to let you know that applications are now open for secondary schools to join Bite Back 2030’s School Food Champions (SFC) programme. We have fully funded spaces for 50 schools to begin delivering the programme in September 2023.

SFC is a whole year group intervention for KS3 designed to give students the opportunity to lead on social action projects to improve the food environment in their schools. Over 150 schools and 1,500 brilliant young people have already taken part in cohort one and two of SFC with 100% of teachers and 94% of pupils in cohort one saying they would recommend SFC to others.

The School Food Champions programme is comprised of three stages:

Whole year group sessions (Sep & Oct)
An assembly delivered by Bite Back and five sessions delivered by trained school staff to open a whole year group/s eyes to the injustices of the food system

School Food Champions club (Nov - Jun)
After being fired up by the sessions, 10-15 students will join the weekly SFC club to design and lead social action to change their school food or dining environment

Wider School Food Champions network (Jan - Jul)
Two students from the SFC club will join a Bite Back School Food Champions Network, meeting virtually as a group of 100 pupils to collaboratively campaign for improvements to school food at a strategic regional or national level

Schools selected for the programme receive £1000 as remuneration for the staff member who coordinates the programme, as well as £100 for resources required throughout the year and for pupils to put towards their social action project, in addition to physical resources to the value of £300 provided by Bite Back (e.g. workbooks).

Schools are provided with training and all the resources necessary to run our weekly sessions. All through the year, Bite Back provides inspiration, guidance, support and training, connecting teams across the country, linking up with amazing youth leaders and showcasing great examples of school food and of young people leading change in their schools.

In the past two years, we have seen young people in our SFC schools driving change by removing sugary drinks from campus, improving queuing systems, increasing lunch breaks, giving all students reusable water bottles and improving the range of healthy snacks available. And this is just a snapshot of the great social action we are seeing from our schools.

If you know of a school who might like to see this type of social action in their school, please do help us spread the message by letting them know that applications are now open.

For more information, please head to our website."

Who we Are

The Herefordshire Food Charter is an initiative of the Herefordshire Food Alliance, a network of individuals and organisations from across the county involved in local, community and sustainable food action.

The Alliance is a member of the national Sustainable Food Places network and is co-ordinated by New Leaf Sustainable Development with support from Herefordshire Council and Sustainable Food Places.

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