Food has always been an integral part of our lives. What do we eat? How do we eat? Where did our food come from? What and how is the journey of food from the’ farm to the table’? These are some of the questions which have been a part of our learning at school. As such, one of the objectives of our school kitchen is to provide wholesome and nutritious food to all, within the usual constraints of cooking for a large number of people and bearing in mind the cost.
Our objectives of eating together is to:
- Foster a sense of togetherness in the community
- Become conscious of the importance of wholesome and nutritious food
Keeping with the above objectives, all the teachers, support staff and children eat the meals cooked in the school kitchen. We monitor the salt, oil and spice intake. Almost all the organic produce of the Bhoomi garden is used in the school kitchen. We also try to provide organic ingredients and fruits and vegetables as far as possible.
We earnestly request parents to educate themselves about fresh foods, organic foods and the need to avoid junk foods which are a major health hazard in the long run. Such learning needs to be shared with children as well.
- We will continue to monitor the children eating at the common kitchen. However in the long run, we would want children to take charge of their eating and health. We will have circle times with children as a feedback mechanism.
- We now have a 3 week menu plan – we will review the menu annually, to add more variety.
- We would also welcome parent volunteers with constructive suggestions. As of now we have had a couple of parent volunteers who have come forward to help us in continuing with our objectives along with adding variety.
To implement our objectives, we would require a lot of hand holding, trust and an alignment of philosophy. Regular timings for food at home, focus on fresh fruits and salads, and eating slowly and well, without stress or hurry, are important. Parents may well be following these rules of good eating – but some children will gain through reinforcement of such habits at home.