Join Us To Get Food Education In Every School!Thu 27 Jun 2013
Story by The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation
On Food Revolution Day 2013, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, in partnership with Food Day.org, launched a new campaign Get Food Education in Every School in the U.S.
Why? One-third of children in the U.S. are obese or overweight while a further 17 million are hungry, many kids are so out of touch with what’s on their plates that they don’t realise real food comes from a box, and on average elementary students get just 3.4 hours of food education per year.
With children spending most of their waking hours at school and consuming up to two meals there, what better place to provide them with the essential life skills required to make the right food choices and cook and prepare nutritionally sound and wholesome meals for themselves and their families?
While cooking skills used to be passed down from generation to generation this trend has been lost and we’ve now got the third generation that don’t know how to cook.
The more children know about fruits and vegetables, the more likely they are to eat them. The more children help to cook real, wholesome food from scratch, the more will appreciate and enjoy it. Considering that today’s generation are on track to have shorter lives than their parents; now is the time to act.
Since the campaign launched just over one month ago, more than 2,300 people and over 50 notable organizations and thought leaders have signed to show their support for ensuring the availability of food education in every school in America. Together we’ll be building a coalition of support and an action plan for how to make food education in every school a common reality.
Sign up to support and share your belief that food education should be available for every child, in every school in America.
"We can do many things to better our children's food environment, such as improving school food or getting junk food out of classrooms, but unless kids are themselves invested in the effort, those changes may not be effective. Kids need to understand why healthy eating matters as well as how to do it, which means learning the basics of nutrition and how to prepare their own healthful meals. Without this knowledge, as adults they're likely to let fast food restaurants and processed food companies take care of their meals for them, risking their health for the sake of convenience." - Bettina Elias Siegel, writer of The Lunch Tray
Sign up to support here and help us raise awareness and gather support to get food education in every school.
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation
Photo Credit: Gracie Cavnar, Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™
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