To encourage children and young people across Brighton & Hove to develop healthy relationships with food, public health and holiday activities teams have set a challenge to get them hands on and creative.
Children and young people age 4 to 16 who attend a school in the city can take part in a competition to win prizes by following tasty recipes or tackling foodie experiments posted online.
Recipes and foodie experiments
Each recipe and experiment is easy and quick to try and uses different topics and nutritional ingredients to highlight the importance of food education:
- Being sugar smart – apples
- Growing things – carrots
- Eating a breakfast of champions - oats
- Eating your 5-a-day - beetroots
- Reducing food waste – peppers
Enter the competition
To enter the prize draw, pupils, parents, or carers need to upload a picture of any meals or experiments they try to a public post on Facebook or Twitter during August 2021, using #Foodie @BrightonHoveCC.
Prizes include kitchen goods donated by local Waitrose stores and free family swimming vouchers from Freedom Leisure.
The competition is linked to the Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) funded by the Department of Education and supported by footballer Marcus Rashford. The scheme offers free enriching activities and food for those receiving benefits-related free school meals.
Access to holiday activities and food
Chair of Brighton & Hove’s Children, Young People & Skills Committee, Hannah Clare says: “We know the school holidays can be an expensive time for families because of increased food and childcare costs.
“We want all children to have access to healthy activities and food and our HAF summer programme offers this to those that need it most.
“This competition is an incentive to get young people engaged in preparing nutritious food using simple and inexpensive ingredients. You don’t have to be a master chef to take part and you could win some great prizes for just giving it a go.”
Free food items
Waitrose stores in Brighton & Hove are also supporting the city’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme by providing key food items free of charge to many of the children and young people attending the free summer programme.