Cooking Bus rolls into Kintore

Young people and Aberdeenshire Council staff are to receive cooking and food safety lessons to enhance their focus on healthy eating over the summer holidays. It gives local children the chance to be introduced to preparing and cooking healthy fruit and vegetables.

The Cooking Bus will roll into Kintore Primary School’s car park today (Tuesday, July 7), and will stay through the week to provide free lessons to groups from around Aberdeenshire. The bus will be hosting classes on Wednesday 8 July 2009 and Thursday 9 July.

Cooking bus
Thanks to Darren Cochrane our community police officer with Grampian Police for the photo.

As part of the ‘Focus on Food Campaign’ run by Design Dimension Educational Trust, Cooking Bus staff aim to raise the profile of food education to sustain and strengthen the status of food in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Richard Stroud, said: “It is important that all residents are aware of healthy eating options and the issues surrounding food safety and I am delighted that the Cooking Bus will be in Aberdeenshire to promote these messages.

“The Cooking Bus will offer a range of exciting, hands-on activities so people can learn good practice which will help them to increase their skills and look after themselves and their families in the years to come.”

Thanks to Darren Cochrane our community police officer with Grampian Police for the photo.

Caroline Hay-Crawford, Aberdeenshire Council’s childcare strategy development officer, booked the Cooking Bus for the Aberdeenshire Childcare Partnership and is thrilled that a large number of groups have registered to attend the sessions.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Cooking Bus is coming to Kintore,” she said. “The exciting and interactive lessons on offer will give everyone the chance to learn about food safety and healthy eating.

“A number of groups from around Aberdeenshire have signed-up to attend the classes and I’m sure everyone will develop new skills which can be used at home or in the workplace.”

The Cooking Bus is a specialist-built articulated lorry, which opens into purpose-built kitchen classrooms, which are used for lessons.
Qualified food teachers accompany the Cooking Bus and offer practical, hands-on lessons for young people and the wider community and training for teachers, youth workers and health professionals.

A number of out-of-school care groups from Kintore, Oldmeldrum, Banchory, Westhill and Ellon will attend the Cooking Bus from Tuesday to Thursday.

There will also be a training session on Wednesday afternoon (July 8) for staff who work with children and families.
The Cooking Bus can also be used by other groups around the area to promote food education in their communities.
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