Be A Food Explorer promotion success

Pupils encouraged to try new tastes and foods

Woodlands Primary

An initiative to encourage pupils to try new foods and tastes has seen a major uptake of the healthy options on the autumn/winter school menu.

We ran a 'Be A Food Explorer' competition to encourage children to try the new dishes by collecting stamps when they choose one from the menu. When they collected eight stamps they were entered into a draw to win a skateboard and helmet - one pupil in every school has now been named as the 'Be A Food Explorer' Champion. Every pupil who collected eight stamps received a pencil.

"More than 12,000 stamp cards were issued to pupils in our primary schools which is a fantastic uptake of the 'Be A Food Explorer' competition and shows the children's interest in trying the new school meals," said Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.

"We are continually updating our school meals to make them healthier, and ensure we give our children a balanced, tasty meal at lunchtime and initiatives like 'Be A Food Explorer' are a great way of making it fun."

The primary school menu includes dishes with extra fresh fruit and vegetables and new taste bud experiences, including enchiladas with chopped cherry tomatoes and lamb kofta with flatbread and tzatziki.

Primary school meals cost £2 for two courses, which includes a drink plus soup or a sweet treat or yoghurt or fruit as a daily option. All meals are served with two portions of vegetables or salad.

A new promotion will be running soon, where pupils can collect stamps when they choose to drink plain milk.

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