11 July 2017
Students from 10 London schools proved you’re never too young to get into the entrepreneurial spirit on Thursday, selling their home-grown fruit and veg at Borough Market, and raising a whopping £447 for FareShare in the process.
The students were taking part in the School Food Matters project, which aims to which aims to help children understand where their food comes from through hands-on growing experience in primary schools across London. As part of the project the children learned all about food poverty and food waste. They then got some veg growing tips from Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins and advice from the traders at Borough Market on how to create a winning market stall for their fundraiser.
The day itself was a huge success – with blazing sunshine and hordes of hungry shoppers queuing up to buy the children’s produce. The stall even got a visit from the Mayor of Southwark. The money raised could help to provide 1,790 nutritious meals for vulnerable people – all made from surplus food.
On Monday, the children paid a visit to FareShare’s London warehouse in Deptford, to find out more about food waste and to help pack and prepare surplus food deliveries for local charities.
FareShare London Development Manager Rachel Ledwith, said: “It was fantastic to see just how passionate all the children were about making sure they sold all their produce and to hear them telling their customers the money would be used to help feed people who were hungry.”