What's Fuel For School?
The education arm of The Real Junk Food Project. Based out of our Sharehouses, Fuel For School (F4S) partners with local schools to provide intercepted food to feed their students with, and to help educate children about food and how to avoid waste.
We hope this project will help to tackle both the educational challenges of hungry students and the sustainability problems of edible food being sent to landfill.
You can read more on the Fuel For School website.
Case Study: Fuel For School Bradford
Fuel for School kicked off in Bradford with a visit by the head and deputy head of Christchurch Academy, Shipley to Saltaire Canteen just before Christmas in 2015. In true TRJFP style just a matter of days later in January deliveries started to the school giving every child breakfast on Monday and Tuesday.
There was also enough to put out a market stall on a Friday for parents to take good quality intercepted food. An immediate improvement in attendance and punctuality on those days was noted.
Breakfasts were soon provided every day - with the food provided by Fuel For School being supplemented by food purchased from donations made at the market stall.
Significantly, attendance continued to improve. This was an important factor in the school obtaining an improved OFSTED rating later in that year.
The school went on to develop further initiatives - creating recipes with the children and starting a vegetable growing project.
The school noted that the breakfasts established a calm, welcoming start to the morning with the market stall providing a strong and positive impact on the wider community.
From this small beginning Fuel for School rapidly established itself in Bradford and now works with 24 schools reaching 7000-8000 children every week.
I just wanted to email and send a huge thanks to you and everyone else involved in the Fuel for School project. It has made a massive difference to the children and families at Christ Church Academy in so many ways.
- Richard Ireland, Deputy Headmaster, Christ Church Academy