We encourage all nations and all schools taking part to work together to make the day fun, and a staple of the education calendar, celebrating the wonder of food and fostering an awareness of, and obedience to, healthy eating patterns amongst school age children.
The fifth International School Meals Day took place on Thursday 9 March 2017, with the theme of Food, Culture and Heritage. We encouraged children and young people (supported by their teachers or other adults) to share ‘stories’ about their culture, heritage and associated food – whether family food traditions, food that is loved (or not!) in their country or festivals, ceremonies and celebrations that take place.
Photographs, blogs, videos or vines, songs, poems, stories and recipes’ were all welcome.
We always encourage year round news and school food stories so activity does not just have to be for one day each year. We believe that celebrating the origin and wonder of food and raising awareness of the importance of healthy eating patterns among school age children is something that should happen every day!
Start sending through your ideas, stories and other pieces NOW!
It is up to each individual country, school and classroom to take part in whatever way works best for them.
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Who can get involved and what you can do
Schools, organisations, government bodies, catering companies and anyone with an interest or involvement in promoting healthy eating are encouraged to get involved.
- Have an International Menu Day
- Run food taster (tasting) sessions or other fun food activities
- Host cooking activities with an international theme
- Provide career and skills activities for senior pupils and students
- Plan visits to farms, supermarkets or shops, community gardens or allotments to learn about growing, producing and selling food
- Plan visits to local religious establishments or community groups that would be willing to talk about food in relation to their faith or activities
- If off-site visits aren’t an option, invite people from the above settings to come and talk about what they do
- Hold fundraising activities for charities to support school feeding programmes in developing countries
- Incorporate global citizenship, food culture and healthy eating into classroom learning
- Run seminars, workshops or events related to food traditions, ceremonies or celebrations
- Connect across the globe – connect classrooms twin your school through established international education links
- Highlight food innovations, provided to schools
- Research and publish information related to school foods and the benefits of healthy eating.
These are just some ideas of how to get involved. We would love to hear about any more ideas you might have.