FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training)

by OzHarvest

(NGO)

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FEAST is a curriculum aligned education program from OzHarvest, inspiring kids to eat healthy, waste less and be change makers in their local community.

Project implemented: June 2018

Project goal

Empower students to be change-makers by improving their nutritional literacy, food waste awareness & environmental response.

delivering on

why is this project important?

In Australia, five million tonnes of food is wasted each year, with half of all food wasted coming from households. Consumer education is crucial to inspire change, currently there are no school education programs to reduce food waste. Poor dietary behaviours, are a major public health concern, with 1 in 4 Australian children are overweight or obese.

Key steps to make it happen

1FEAST Pilot Program

OzHarvest’s FEAST Pilot Program will be rolled out in 8 Sydney schools, targeting children (8-12 yrs) in June-Sept 2018.

2FEAST State Launch

After successful implementation of the pilot, the program will be expanded and scaled across New South Wales in 2019.

3FEAST National Launch

The FEAST Program will be launched across all Australian schools in 2020, addressing the Australian school curriculum,

impact to date

50% of participating students will understand the importance of food waste
By the end of the FEAST pilot program, 50% of participating students will understand the importance of food waste issues on a local and global scale.
50% of participating students are able to confidently prepare, cook and eat nutritious food
By the end of the pilot program, 50% of participating students are able to confidently prepare, cook and eat nutritious food in a sustainable manner.
students will have improved their nutrition literacy by 50%.
By the end of the pilot program, participating students will have improved their nutrition literacy by 50%.
80% of participating students will have increased their fruit servings
By the end of the pilot study, 80% of participating students will have increased their fruit servings by ½ a serve a day.
Increase vegetable servings by 1 serve per day amongst 80% of students
Increase vegetable servings by 1 serve per day amongst 80% of students participating in the FEAST pilot by the end of the program.
50% of participating students understand where food comes from
By the end of the pilot program, 50% of participating students understand where food comes from, to help make informed, healthier food choices.

By the end of the 10 weeks, teaching staff implemented Stage 3 Key Learning Area’s, related concepts, content and processes to all students participating in the program.

Over the duration of the FEAST pilot program, activities were effectively curated to suit students of all learning stages and abilities.

By the end of the FEAST pilot program, participating students recognise what behaviours can reduce food waste in the home and at school.

OzHarvest’s FEAST Program empowers students to be change makers in their communities by improving their nutritional literacy, food waste awareness and impact on the environment.  

The program can be easily implemented in any classroom. Designed for Years 5 and 6 it includes detailed lesson plans, student activities and a range of recipes which can be cooked in the classroom. FEAST gets kids immersed in hands-on cooking activities in the classroom. (No kitchen required!)

Working together with teachers and school communities create the foundations of the FEAST program. OzHarvest provides endorsed professional development training for staff to deliver the program effectively and achieve long term goals.

OzHarvest’s FEAST Pilot Program will be rolled out in 8 Sydney schools, targeting children (Years 5 and 6) in 2018. Program’s success will result in roll-out across NSW, and eventually across Australia.

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