Hi all,
I just wanted to let you know how our first Community Picnic (Holiday Hunger) went today at St Marychurch Primary School because I know you’ve all been interested.

We were lucky with the weather and the volunteers who turned up to support our project. Although we had less families than expected (with more intending to join us next week), all the families fed back what a positive impact this has had and that they will all be attending again next week and bringing other families with them.

Today we had 5 parents/carers attend with 9 children, a range of ages from toddlers up to 12 yr olds. We started with a family cooking session making bread sticks, this lead nicely onto Den building on the Forest School site in the school grounds to work up an appetite for our picnic which started at 12noon.

This was freshly prepared and created in the school kitchen by ‘Torbay Real Junk Food Project’ which consisted of wraps, pasta salad, rolls, cakes, milkshakes, water, juice and fruit kebabs, all home cooked from foods and ingredients just passing their sell by dates kindly donated by Nigel and Karl at Anode (thanks guys!).

Foods were presented in a child friendly and exciting way to entice everyone to try new foods, tastes and textures (which worked a treat).

Ilfracombe Food Service donated resources including picnic boxes for the picnic and goody bags for the families to take away and cook/make the content within the bag.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment, planning, kind donations, volunteers and time given from the following people: Nikki Bond at St Marychurch Primary School who has fully supported this project from day one, Mark Richards from Public Health, Sam Ward from Schools Company Academies, Jenny George from Torbay Real Junk Food Project, Ilfracombe Food Service, Anode and South West Family Values. Thank you to you all for enabling this to happen!

Fingers crossed for sunshine again next week!