English Tea Shop the speciality, organic tea brand, is teaming up with the Soil Association to offer 30 schools in Warwickshire the opportunity to be a part of the Food for Life (FFL) initiative, by funding their FFL award. Over 4,000 children will be provided with the resources to engage with local communities and create a positive, real connection with food.
Designed to offer pupils a greater understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown, sourced and cooked, the field to fork initiative offers school children the chance and even get out into a garden as part of the school day.
The campaign will also support intergenerational activities between school children and local care homes or community groups, connecting generations through good food & drink. As part of the FFL award scheme, English Tea Shop will provide resources for teachers to host intergenerational tea events
Ella Webb, head of school at Birchwood Primary School, says: “Birchwood is especially grateful for the funding provided to complete the FFL awards. Without this, we would not have been able to access the award because of ever increasing budget limitations. The award process has helped transform our school and community into one that is excited and informed about food choices. Our cooking classes and farmers markets are incredibly popular with our parents and the pupils love their regular cooking sessions and kitchen garden activities which help to provide them with a rich and skills-based curriculum. The training provided to staff to help organise this whole school approach has been invaluable.”
Suranga Health, CEO of English Tea Shop, says: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Soil Association and to provide school children in Warwickshire with healthy, tasty and sustainable meals. As a company we are built on sustainable values, producing a product that is good for consumers and kind to the planet. From the soil the tea grows in, to the farmers who tend to it, English Tea Shop takes into consideration the whole community and not just part of it.”
Schools to be gifted with the FFL award include Birchwood Primary School, Coughton Primary School, Brownsover Community school, Binley Woods Primary School and Bidford on Avon C.of.E Primary School.
Schools with a Food for Life Schools Award must demonstrate that they are providing healthy school meals, great lunchtimes and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community. For example, pupils in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day than those in comparison schools.