Kids at schools involved in Fresh Tastes might be learning to make healthy recipes using fresh food. Their school might be focusing on the Cooking Food action area of Fresh Tastes where they’ll be sourcing and maintaining kitchen equipment, setting up a school pantry and offering cooking experiences to students either in the classroom or in their school kitchen. Cooking food at school is a great way for kids to learn a life skill, have fun with their peers and learn about healthy options they can pack in their lunchboxes. They’re more likely to try something new alongside their friends too.
To find out more about what your child is learning at school and to continue the learning at home, check out the video and useful resources below!
Let's get cooking with the little experts!
Useful resources for home
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation: includes family-centred advice based on the Foundation's recipes, garden activities and veggie-growing tips.
ACT Nutrition Support Service: recipes that are easy to prepare, budget friendly, and suitable for the whole family.
Good Habits for Life: quick and easy recipes along with handy tools such as weekly meal and shopping planners and seasonal fruit and vegie guides.
I’m Alert: online food safety training for anyone who will be volunteering to help with cooking activities at school.
The Green Shed: head out to their Mugga Lane or Mitchell locations to purchase cheap kitchen equipment, utensils and crockery to get cooking at home.
Healthy Eating Hub: local nutrition service and their website has free resources, recipes, videos and more.
Feedinc: plenty of delicious and nutritious recipes, especially for those who need gluten or dairy free options.
Project Dinner Time: brush up on your own cooking skills by attending a session run by Nutrition Australia ACT.
Ideas for getting involved at school
Ask for the recipes used in the classroom. Spend some time preparing and enjoying these with your kids. You may be surprised at how much fun you can have and your kids will love showing off their new cooking skills.
Ask your child’s teacher if you can donate any kitchen equipment, cooking utensils or staple pantry items you don’t need.
Volunteer to help out with cooking sessions in your child’s class or see if any other close family members might be interested to help out too.
Offer to purchase cooking equipment for the school using vouchers. If they’re focusing on Cooking Food they may have gift vouchers to use, but no time to go out and buy what they need!