RHET Angus Countryside Initiative’s (ACI) Farmhouse Breakfast Initiative kicked off for another year with visits to local primary schools.
This annual event, linked to the Home Grown Cereals Authority’s (HGCA) National Farmhouse Breakfast Week, has been run by ACI in partnership with Angus and Dundee City Councils for a number of years.
The event acts as a focus for visits into schools to inform children about farming in Angus, as well as an education in healthy eating. During the week a healthy Scottish farmhouse breakfast was delivered by RHET’s volunteers to 23 classes in 11 schools and involved over 540 children.
Carol Littlewood, RHET’s Project Co-ordinator for Angus and Dundee said: “The focus of the events is usually the older primary pupils as by this age parents are often allowing them to choose what they have for breakfast, or even whether they have breakfast at all.
“We see this event not only as an opportunity to give pupils an education in the food that is produced locally but hopefully we will make them think about how important it is that they have a healthy start to the day!”
This year’s participating primary schools in Angus were Birkhill, Strathmartine, Southesk, St. Margaret’s, Whitehills and Strathmore.
At each event either Gill or Carol gave a talk about locally-produced food and specifically those products available for the children to try on the day, followed by a talk on why having a healthy breakfast is so important.
Speaking to this many children at such a big event helps greatly towards RHET’s target, to increase the number of children it has contact with each year to above the current figure of one in eight.
The event is a huge undertaking and is provided totally free to the school, made possible by the support of local businesses, which are extremely generous in giving financial support, donating produce, or have provided product at cost price.
The children had the opportunity to try a wide range of foods including porridge, a selection of wheat and oat-based cereals, yoghurt, fruit salad, bread, rolls and oatcakes, jam, honey, cheese, milk, apple and fruit and vegetable juices. Everyone is encouraged to try something they have never tried before.
Carol thanks all those who give up their time or a donation to help make these events a success.