STUDENTS at a Heathridge school learnt cooking skills and the importance of healthy eating as part of a pilot program.
Run by OzHarvest, which collects and donates excess food from commercial outlets, the program taught 10 Eddystone Primary School students how to cook simple, nutritious and economical meals.
The charity provided the food and classes were led by a chef and nutritionist.
School chaplain Sylvia Spatara helped run the workshops and said they were well received by the years 2 to 6 students.
“I am always looking for resources for families as many children don’t have regular healthy meals,” she said.
“Everybody had a great time and all the children were very excited to eat what they had prepared.
“The remaining food was shared at recess with the other students.
OzHarvest WA Nutrition Education Sustenance Training (NEST) co-ordinator Natalie Seigne praised the program’s success and hoped for additional funding to run it at other schools in the future.
“As well as teaching students some of the basic, but fundamental concepts of healthy eating, the NEST workshop was aimed at increasing awareness around healthy foods, extending collaborative skills and teamwork, health and safety, leadership development and building self-esteem,” she said.
“Interwoven within the workshop was the essential criteria of all creative cooking – that it should always be done with joy and shared whenever possible,” she said.
“The food was healthy and simple. It looked great and tasted delicious.”