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Schools Project Will Give Pupils Food for Thought

Pupils at a Boston primary school will learn all about how vegetables grow and what goes on in a food factory this term.

They’ll be the first ever members of the Freshtime Fun Club, a new project to encourage healthy eating and teach Lincolnshire children about the food that’s grown on their doorstep.

The project is being launched on Friday 9th May at Boston West Academy by Freshtime, the leading Boston-based snack salad and vegetable specialist.

On Friday around 240 pupils at the school will be enrolled in the Freshtime Fun Club as part of a whole term of vegetable-related activities.

Freshtime will be providing the children with weekly snack packs of vegetables as well as balloons, bookmarks and a monthly activity sheet.

The firm is also donating equipment for the school’s allotment and polytunnel and on 19th June the pupils will make a visit to the factory on Marsh Lane in Boston to see salads, snacks and meals being prepared.

Later that day Key Stage 2 pupils will take part in a Dragon’s Den style competition and pitch recipe ideas to a judging panel including Freshtime’s Managing Director Mark Newton.

Mark commented: “We think it’s important that children are taught about where food comes from at an early age so that when they’re older they’ll understand the importance of diet and nutrition.

“Boston is in the heart of the UK’s vegetable growing area but many children will have never made the connection between what they see growing in the fields and the food on their plate.

“We’re launching the Freshtime Fun Club as a pilot at Boston West Academy and we hope that the pupils and the teachers really get something out of it. We plan to roll the scheme out to more Boston area schools next year.”

Emma Schofield, Outdoor Learning Leader at Boston West Academy, said: “Getting children excited about healthy eating and knowing where the food on their plate comes from – especially their vegetables – is key to our growing working relationship with Freshtime.

“As a school we believe it is important that all children start learning from an early age that the food they eat (or should eat!) doesn’t just appear on the supermarket shelves and then on their plates – there is an interesting journey from the field to their fork!

“At Boston West Academy, teaching our children about growing, harvesting and eating vegetables grown in our school allotments is a key element to our outdoor curriculum.

“However, we are always looking for ways to broaden the children’s learning experiences, so working closely with Freshtime has already added another dimension to our work through an exciting new partnership.”

Freshtime employs around 350 people in Boston and supplies chilled, value added, ready-to-eat salads, snacks, prepared vegetables and deli fillers to leading multiple retailers and food service operators.

The launch of the Freshtime Fun Club will take place at Boston West Academy, Sussex Avenue, Boston PE21 7QG at 2.15pm on Friday 9th May 2014. Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.