School Nutrition Action Group
The School Nutrition Action Group or SNAG for short, is a group of pupils, staff, a representative from our caterers and volunteers. We meet in school to discuss matters pertaining to Neatherd High School’s influence on our community’s awareness of healthy eating and factors affecting the food industry and their impact on the environment. These include sustainability, reduction of food waste and growing our own fruit and veg. We are a member of the Soil Association’s “Food for life” scheme (www.foodforlife.org.uk).
The committee meets half-termly to discuss topics like changes to the menu and how we can cater for all types of dietary choices and needs. The Gardening Club is run two lunch times a week and after school on a Wednesday, weather permitting. We have our own allotment area and grow fruit and veg for use in the canteen, with guidance from our master gardener. At times when we have a glut of produce we have a stand at the front of the school so that we can make it available to the school community. Over the last year we have made potatoes, tomatoes, squashes and salad available in this way. During the summer holidays, our squashes were very productive and huge quantities were donated to the Community Fridge in Dereham (www.breckland.gov.uk/CommunityFridges).
This school year we are involved in an exciting collaborative project: The Papillion Project (http://www.thepapillonproject.com) are helping us to improve our allotment area, including a rain harvesting system, turning our vandalised polytunnel into a fruit cage and relocating our fruit trees.
We also run events such as the Bake Offs, Roast Dinner Day and Community Digs. These all allow others from our school and wider community to join us in growing, producing or enjoying good food.
Any pupils wishing to join the Gardening Club or anyone interested in the work done by SNAG should contact Mr Stewart Anderson.
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