Every parent wants their child to eat more vegetables, and with concerns about sugar and childhood obesity on the rise, Riverford Organic Farmers are taking action with a new scheme to get children at local schools, nurseries and pre-schools to love the green stuff!
Self-confessed Veg Nerds, Riverford, is delighted to announce that Inwood’s Small School is the first to register for the scheme in the area. They kicked off the partnership – which will also help the primary school to raise funds when parents get vegboxes delivered to their homes – with changing their school kitchen supplier to Riverford.
Mariamah Mount, SENCO said “We are happy to be able to extend our commitment of organic to fresh fruit and veg and dairy products, as we believe in as a school that sustainable, unprocessed and seasonal is best. The flavours and taste are amazing and the children have already noticed the difference!”
Riverford have also supported the school this week with a vegcookery lesson for the children which consisted of an interactive talk about where vegetables come from and why it’s important to eat a balanced diet. The children all washed, chopped, snipped, squeezed and grated fruit, veg and herbs to create tasty and colourful rainbow salads.
Riverford believes that, one of the best things you can do for your children is involve them in preparing family meals. This can be time-consuming and messy, but it’s important, as what you teach them now will build firm foundations for their future attitudes towards healthy eating. Let them wash, chop, grate, smell and touch fruit and vegetables, and talk about where they come from. A vegbox is an ideal way to do this, and we also have loads of hints and tips to help parents encourage children to eat well and get them involved in the kitchen in fun and safe ways.
The Riverford Veg for Schools scheme is open to all schools, pre-schools and nurseries. Find out more at www.riverford.co.uk/veg-for-schools or call customer services on