Last year it became increasingly clear that we could feed our children better with their school meals. The Severn View Food Project was born with Severn View Primary School with the objectives of providing great food cooked from scratch for school children, cookery lessons, opportunities to grow the food and cook with it, support for socially isolated older people and to provide training opportunities for those with learning disabilities. It has been over a year in the making talking to the County Council, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, local suppliers, Stroud District Council, Foodbank and The Trussell Trust to produce a model that helps local people in so many ways
Debbie has now been busy in the school kitchen for the past 7 weeks making delicious school cooked food all from scratch using eggs from Stancombe Farm, lamb from Hailey Farm and dairy from Dairycrest.
Meals feature a daily soup, school cooked bread, a main course or jacket potato and a desert for no much more than the £2.20 standard school meal price. Debbie is training two people from the County Council Disabilities Team to progress to full time paid employment.
Food waste has fallen by two thirds which shows how much the children are enjoying the food as this food waste now includes food peelings.
Debbie is setting up the Food Project as a Community Interest Company, meaning that all profits go back into the school and the local community, and works with charities such as The Wiggly Charity.
The Severn View Food Project has been nominated for two national awards, the B&Q social housing procurement and the Kelloggs Breakfast Club for community involvement. it is also the Waitrose Green Token scheme for October for its plans for Christmas activities for children and older people