OzHarvest’s Food Education And Sustainability Training, or FEAST, is a curriculum-aligned program for Years 5 and 6 that aims to create future change-makers through education and hands-on learning. The lessons, including proactive cooking classes, teach students the importance of reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin and how to get creative in the kitchen to waste less food while eating healthy.
More than 10,000 students have already taken part in the 7-10-week program, which can be easily adapted to suit the needs of each school. The program has shown an impressive success rate among participants, with schools reporting a 95% increase in student knowledge, understanding and positive behaviour change regarding food waste and nutrition.
FEAST Program Manager, Amelia Berner, says the program is all about real-world learning to build resilience and confidence in kids.
"FEAST provides teachers with the resources to teach their students important life skills in preparing healthy and delicious food and practical ways to fight food waste," Berner said.
To enable teachers to confidently lead the program in their school, OzHarvest offers accredited face-to-face or online training and 'kitchen kits' to make cooking in the classroom accessible to all schools. A teacher and student portal is also available featuring resources such as lesson plans, student worksheets, videos, recipes books and practical guides.
FEAST has received positive feedback from teachers and students alike. Bellevue Hill Public School educator, Eliza Levy, said she would recommend it to all teachers.
“FEAST is so important because students need to know where food comes from to value it. After completing the program, the students walked away and said, ‘I can make a change!’.”
The program has also received recognition from the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards, taking home the prize for non-government organisations and not-for-profits. While the team at Planet Ark were hoping to see fellow finalist The Australasian Recycling Label win, we’re not sore losers and were happy to see the award go to such a worthwhile program!
To find out whether your school is eligible for funding, register your interest with OzHarvest.