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

school food kitchenFrom AHDB:  Please let the food alliance know if you take part in this!

"Practical cookery lessons are critical – but the cost of ingredients can be a problem.

Are you a teacher at a secondary school in England and do you have your school meals provided by Taylor Shaw, Edwards & Blake, or Elior? If so, please read on to find out more about this very special offer and how you can take part.

To support practical cookery lessons in schools, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), working with the British Nutrition Foundation, is piloting a project to provide ingredients at no cost, together with recipes and guidance on how to cook with the ingredients.

The pilot project has been created to ensure students:

develop practical food skills and cooking confidence;
are more informed about healthy eating;
participate in activities that may not otherwise be possible, due to the cost of ingredients.

Who can take part?

The pilot project is designed for year 8 or year 9 pupils, who will have already developed and acquired practical food skills and knowledge through previous food and nutrition lessons.
Teachers choose whether a whole year, class or a specific group will take part.
Teachers can apply to participate in one or more focus fortnights for 1) British pork, 2) British dairy and flour, and 3) British beef.

How will I receive the free ingredients?

Pork, beef, dairy and flour will be delivered directly to your school, via your school caterer’s supplier.
A voucher will be provided by Lidl for you to purchase the remaining ingredients needed to make the recipe from your local Lidl store.
A scalable shopping list for quantities needed for your class/group will be provided.

The ingredients are being provided free of charge by AHDB (pork, dairy and flour, and beef) and Lidl.

Accessibility and inclusivity

Each recipe is accompanied by a non-meat or non-dairy alternative.
Recipes allowing for food allergies/intolerances also provided e.g. gluten / dairy free.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide Halal meat as part of this pilot project.

What do you need to do now?

Read the attached information for schools.
Speak to your headteacher to get their agreement.
Contact Frances at the British Nutrition Foundation to register your interest. Please also confirm the name of your school meal provider – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Availability of the ingredients is limited so we would encourage year 8 & 9 teachers in England whose school meals are provided by Taylor Shaw, Edwards & Blake or Elior to contact Frances by Wednesday 20 December 2023. Ingredients will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We really hope your school will take up this great offer from AHDB, the British Nutrition Foundation, Taylor Shaw, Edwards & Blake, Elior, and Lidl."


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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