Foresters Primary School, the winners of the Tilda Together 2018 competition, welcomed back Tilda Foodservice for a day to celebrate National Rice Week and educate pupils on how rice is grown.
The rice day included a ‘Paddy to Plate’ session highlighting the countries that grow the nutritional grain and its journey from planting to eating it. The 250 pupils also learnt how rice is an integral food source for many and Tilda’s new charitable initiative with Mary’s Meals – for every bag of Tilda Brown & White caterers purchase until July 2019 a meal will be donated to a child in need, through the valuable work the charity does around the world.
“National Rice Week. Being involved in special events like the Rice Day makes such a big difference to our pupils’ understanding of where their food comes from and gives us a valuable opportunity to speak to them about eating healthily,” said head master Havard Spring.
“The Mary’s Meals connection added a new element for the children to think about and encouraged them to look beyond their own surroundings to those less fortunate than themselves. The Rice Day has been a huge success providing them with a wealth of knowledge and new appreciation for how rice is processed.”
Leading up to National Rice Week, which ran from 17th – 23rd September, the school ran a competition inviting its pupils to create their own rice recipes. They took inspiration from their Tilda Together prize – a new vegetable garden created by Frances Tophill.
“It’s really important to teach children from a young age that food can be fun and this competition gave our pupils the opportunity to play with different flavours in a way they wouldn’t of considered before,” said catering manager Terri Phillimore.