WE ARE YOUR NEW SCHOOL FOOD TRAINING AND SUPPORT TEAM
The School Food Project is an initiative of chefs and cooks, nutritionists and business experts bound together by our love for kids and good food. We are a not-for-profit, founded in 2016 with a vision to change the food our children get to eat at school.
When pastry chef and founder Theanna Peters volunteered at her son’s school canteen, she quickly realised something wasn’t working. The canteen manager had been asked to bring more fresh food onto the menu, but was under strain. Freshly cooked lunch at low cost? It felt like a mission impossible.
Elsewhere, pioneering chefs had begun to turn school kitchens and gardens into sensory classrooms to teach kids the joy of eating, cooking and growing food: Alice Waters Edible Schoolyard Project (USA), The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (Australia), Jamie Oliver School Dinners, Chefs in Schools (UK) and Chefs Brigaid (USA).
Inspired, Theanna teamed up with qualified chef Christina Camargo, a buddy from the restaurant days. The School Food Project was born.
Originally from Mexico, she loves the sense of community and belonging that comes with sharing beautiful meals and as a mum, sees the immense difference that good nutrition and food education can make in children’s lives.
She brings her ethos into improving school food provision with SFP.
We believe it is a privilege to cook delicious food for school children. Food made from fresh ingredients; food that gives them the opportunity to learn and thrive.
It takes a village to raise a child. We foster community connections with local growers, producers and businesses into the school kitchen, for the best outcome for all.
We have reimagined how school food can be provided and will continue to build on our success. We strive to deliver strong systems and supportive training, which underpin the fresh and varied menus offered. We shine a light on the staff, volunteers and stakeholders who make it happen. They are our inspiration.