Over 7,000 learn about healthy eating and Co-ops at Food and Farming Day
Posted by Rob Smyth | 02/07/2017 | Category: Community
Central England Co-operative is proud to have been the main sponsor of the Kids Country Food and Farming Day.
Over 7,000 schoolchildren visited East of England Showground to learn all about how food gets from farm to fork.
Youngsters heading into the Society’s marquee enjoyed learning all about Fairtrade, the history of the co-operative movement and taking part in Healthy Choices Workshops.
We handed out goodie bags to every child who attended and ensured over 2,000 enjoyed a healthy snack by handing out Fairtrade bananas.
We are now looking forward to continuing to work with all the schools that came along to the event and forging long and lasting partnerships.
Pupils and teachers from over 60 schools also got the chance to touch and taste various foods, find out more about livestock and working animals, visit an African village, and see the machinery and technology deployed on UK farms – including drones.
This was the fifth time the event has been staged and was the largest held so far. It was attended by schools from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, and London, and featured 309 exhibitors from 85 companies offering various activities across 14 learning zones.
Sandra Lauridsen, Kids Country Education Manager, said: “This was a fantastic event, showing just how popular the Kids Country Food and Farming Day is with children and schools across the region and beyond.
“With the support of the Central England Co-op we have given thousands of children the chance to not only understand how farmers produce their food and the journey it takes from field to plate.
Central England Co-operative Member and Community Relations Officer Karen Ball said: “Everyone involved with Central England Co-operative enjoyed being part of the Food and Farming Day.
“The Co-operative has a long tradition of giving back to the community, and we welcomed the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and education of local children by talking to them about the history of the co-op, food provenance and the importance of healthy eating.
“After interacting with 7,000 children on the day, we now look forward to growing and cementing the relationships we have created by continuing the work we started on the day by taking it back into schools and the communities in which we serve.”