Budding Lunch is a School Lunch Program at Annesley! We are partnering with Africola to provide a nutritious, shared lunch for our Reception to Year 6 students every week in our Dining Room.
Annesley is committed to what is best for children. Sometimes this involves challenging what has ‘always been done’ if there are opportunities for innovation in a changing world. School lunch programs exist all over the world and are valued by communities as an investment in the health and social outcomes as a key part of ‘learning’. Learning to eat a wide variety of food, which fuels our body, optimising health, and function. Learning also from eating with others in a social environment as food and tastes are explored. Budding Lunch is a different experience to a restaurant. Our children aren’t choosing a dish from a menu which is something they know they like and have eaten before. They are offered a variety of foods to learn from.
Intentionally, it is presented on platters and eaten to share. Great conversations are facilitated in this environment between adults and children alike and community is nurtured. We continue to be inspired to continue this journey by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our students. Students who are sharing their joy at trying something new, full of nutritious food and excitement about eating together with friends in our Dining Room.