Can supermarkets help children eat better?

One in three

Today, nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 in the UK are overweight or obese. However, obesity is a complex issue with many drivers that include behaviour, environment, genetics, and culture. It’s vital that children are educated and provided with the knowledge and skills to make the right decisions about the food they eat and their future health.

Chefs Adopt a School

The national ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ scheme, backed by Prince Charles and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, matches chefs with schools offering workshops to give young people the knowledge and skills and to cook. The children learn about not only food and cookery but also food provenance and growing, healthy eating, nutrition and hygiene. The scheme reaches approximately 21,000 children a year, with practical sessions delivered by professional chefs.

Making changes

In January 2017, the Booths store in Garstang, Lancashire began its support of the ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ scheme. The store was able to donate over £3000 to fund food education activities in four local schools; Garstang Community Academy, Garstang Community Primary St Mary and St Michael Primary School, Garstang St Thomas. In addition to supporting the programme, the store has chosen to donate £1,000 from their carrier bag sales to the programme too.

This story shows how Booths supports Goal 4: Quality Education, specifically Target 4.7: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

About Booths

Founded in 1847, Booths is a family-owned business with 28 modern grocery stores across the north of England.

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