Young need to know about food
CHILDREN do much better at school when they eat a good balanced diet, and this is particularly true for those on free school meals ("Schools to suffer as meal funding for disadvantaged is withdrawn", August 9 to 11). It is shameful that the austerity agenda is depriving children of free school meals.
We know that what we eat is vital for good health. Schools are the perfect place to teach children what good nutritious food is.
Kids need to know how food is grown and cooked, what a good diet is and how important to their health eating a good balanced diet is. They need also to be aware of the danger to their health of too much sugar and fat in their diet and the importance of exercise.
We should be encouraging children to enjoy preparing and eating healthy food. Twenty per cent of children entitled to free healthy school meals don't eat them. This is due to a range of issues including stigma and the range of local food outlets.
The Soil Association is based in Bristol and their Food For Life programme (www.foodforlife.org.uk) is a fantastic resource showing how school and family meals can be provided.
The FFL program also benefits the local economy by encouraging schools and families to link up with local food producers as well as showing them how to cook.
We should make sure all our children eat a good healthy diet, learn how to cook, understand where good food comes from and why a good diet is important.
If we can support our local food producers by using food produced locally, all the better.
Green councillor for Ashley ward