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Food Glorious Food: at school, at home and in the community

Awards for All (Big Lottery Fund) project, to run January – July 2017 

Here at Devon Development Education, our exciting food-based learning project, Food Glorious Food, is underway for the second time.

Here’s a little about the history of Food Glorious Food so far.

Last year, we piloted a similar Food Glorious Food project in schools, followed by a small intergenerational project called Tasty Conversations.

Food Glorious Food #1 was a 6 month project funded by Awards for All (the Big Lottery Fund). It ran from 2015/16, in partnership with the Real Food Store and Love Local Food. We worked with 8 primary schools in Exeter and the surrounding area, supporting the schools to set up and run ‘Glorious Food Groups’ (GFG’s). Throughout this project, the focus was on hands-on learning about food (particularly local food) through seeing, doing and enjoying.

This is what our participants and supporters said about the project:

‘Food Glorious Food has clearly inspired so many and made a creative impact in lots of ways – indeed beyond the schools you have engaged with’ (Martyn Goss, Exeter Food Action, July 2016)

‘Your workshop was absolutely amazing and we learnt so much [from] it’ (Year 6 pupil, on Ugandan cooking and growing workshop 2016)

‘Fantastic opportunity for children to celebrate their learning and speak
publicly in an amazing venue’ (Teacher, project celebration event with city & county councillors, County Hall, July 2016)

Tasty Conversations involved two Exeter primary schools, a group of older people from Age UK and lots of food fun! The children got the chance to get stuck in with food-based learning workshops, learn about where their food comes from and interview some of the adults about their food memories and experiences with rationing in the war.

The groups got on so well that both schools have invited their guests back for further meetings, including carol services and a tea party this summer!

This is what our participants and supporters said about Tasty Conversations:

‘I enjoyed how interested the children are in our memories’ (Visitor at Wynstream)

‘I have had a really wonderful morning; the young people were such a delight to be with. Your school should be very proud of putting on a good learning event for me and everyone else’ (Visitor at Montgomery)

We asked some great questions and they gave great answers. Joy really enjoyed learning new things. She said "You're never too old to learn" (Pupil at Montgomery).