13 August 2015 Let’s Go Green

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August is ‘Fruit & Veg Month’ in New South Wales primary schools and this year’s theme is ‘Let’s Go Green’ - to encourage children to eat more veggies and think about being sustainable with food waste.

Fruit & Veg month presents a great opportunity for local schools to take up the challenge and promote healthy food initiatives in their schools, while also developing their applications for the 2015 Healthy Canteen Awards.

Last year’s winners of the Healthy Canteen Awards, Boambee Primary School  used the month to replace  their usual menu with a fruit and veggie-packed Rainbow Journey selection. They then used this example as part of their successful Awards application.

“The menu was designed to be kid-friendly and encourage the children to try new foods from all the colours of the Rainbow. With the added incentive of stickers and prizes, our orders actually in increased by 25% during Fruit & Veg Month,” said Terri Drayton, the Canteen Supervisor at Boambee Primary School.

“We are building on the success of last year and offering a range of fruit and veggie meal deals and smoothies for the children to enjoy from the canteen this month.

“Winning the Healthy Canteen Awards last year enabled us to purchase a large freezer from The Good Guys. This means that I can store more homemade foods and no longer have to defrost the freezer!”

The Healthy Canteen Awards are now open to all schools on the Coffs Coast.

Application forms are available from Council’s website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au by clicking here or by emailing suzanne.mills@chcc.nsw.gov.au