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Wheat goes to school with Life Ed, Bakers Delight program

Grain Central, June 3, 2024

The Growing Good Grains Grants program is offering 25 $1000 grants to primary schools, preschools and early-learning centres to help them build a healthy food garden. Photo: Life Ed

LIFE Ed Australia has teamed up with family-owned bakery business Bakers Delight for the Growing Good Grains Grants (GGGG) program.

Launched today, the program provides free resources to primary schools, preschools, and early childhood centres to help students learn more about the origins of food.

It also provides them with the chance to win one of 25 $1000 grants towards their school gardens.

“The GGGG program is all about encouraging fresh thinking to sprout healthy habits in and beyond the classroom,” Life Ed Australia chief executive officer Russell D’Costa said.

“We have been partnering with schools to deliver preventative health education for 45 years now, and what continues to be clear is the importance of memorable, immersive experiences to embed learning.

“It’s because children learn by doing and that is what GGGG is all about, encouraging kids to dig in to the facts as they work together to create a healthy food garden that their whole school community can benefit from.”

To be in the running for a $1000 grant, primary schools, preschools and early learning centres across Australia need to share their vision for their healthy food garden.

Thanks to major partner Bakers Delight’s Healthy Solutions range, applicants will have more chances to win, with applications categorised by school type and size, and the first 50 submissions will receive a $100 Bakers Delight e-gift card.

The campaign runs until June 29, and provides free resources online for schools and centres to boost their applications and create unique learning experiences in the classroom.

From taking a journey through the life cycle of bread, through to growing their own wheat and making their own fresh dough, Life Ed and Bakers Delight’s Healthy Solutions range have created a variety of hands-on activities and lesson plans that can be tailored to class needs.

“Understanding where our food comes from is an incredibly important part of the way we educate our kids on how to make healthy eating choices, so we and our network of franchisees around the country are delighted to be partnering with Life Ed on this important grants program,” Bakers Delight joint chief CEO Elise Gillespie said.

“The journey that a single seed of wheat goes through before it winds up in a delicious sandwich is a fascinating one and we can’t wait to start educating kids on where their ingredients come from today, so we can help them have a happier and healthier tomorrow.”

Life Ed is the largest and most recognised provider in preventative health education in Australian schools.

Bakers Delight was founded by fourth-generation baker Roger Gillespie and his wife Lesley in 1980 in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn, and remains in family hands.

Bakers Delight has more than 700 locations across Australia, North America and New Zealand.

Source: Life Ed

 

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  1. Lisa Beard, June 5, 2024

    Mad Hatter House is an Early Learning service with a community cubby at the front. Our vision is for our already existing healthy food garden to expand so that we can continue to use our produce in our everyday cooking and learning experiences as well as provide produce for our cubby so that any one within the community can take. This would also be a great opportunity to plant wheat and learn with the children the life cycle of growing and producing our own wheat delights to bake, taste and share!!

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