FEAST is a Year 5 and 6 curriculum-aligned education program, inspiring kids to eat healthy, waste less and become change-makers in their local community. Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food! It runs for 7-10 weeks and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum STEM and English Learning Areas. The program can be adapted to suit your school’s needs and can be delivered in an online learning environment.
FEAST gets kids immersed in hands-on cooking activities in the classroom (no kitchen required) or at home with our online resources. Students are tasked with exploring and designing their own recipes for their ’School Cookbook’ to address food waste prevention and healthy eating while educating and engaging their community.
To run the program, teachers are encouraged to sign up to teacher training provided by OzHarvest – a professional learning teacher training day or an online training module that is quick and easy to complete. Schools also get access to online learning resources including 10 detailed lesson plans, student worksheets, videos, recipes books, the FEAST practical cooking guide and ongoing support from the FEAST team.
Thanks to support from corporate and philanthropic organisations, financial support is available to help eligible schools undertake the program. To see if you are eligible for school funding please contact us at [email protected].
FEAST is a truly integrated unit that touches many different learning areas. The content addresses concepts around healthy eating, food and fibre production, food insecurity, and consumer choice, as well as the chemistry of cooking.
The production of the cookbook takes the students through a design process that also develops skills in comprehending and creating procedural texts, measuring and estimating, using fractions, and data collection.
Access the FEAST Curriculum one-pager for a full description of the Australian Curriculum strands and content descriptors, cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities addressed in the FEAST program.
The FEAST unit of work and lesson plans outline in more detail how FEAST addresses the Australian Curriculum and NSW, Victorian and Western Australian State Syllabi Content Descriptors.
FEAST is created from a belief that our education system has an important role to play in building resilient, confident students and encouraging creativity.
It helps to enhance:
The Solution Fluency Model is used to help students gain problem-solving skills and foster a deep understanding of local community issues. It offers students the opportunity to develop a wide range of life-long learning skills including:
FEAST addresses the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability and nurtures greater connections between the school and their wider community.
OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1,300 charities supporting people in need across the country.
Founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste from the hospitality industry, she decided there had to be a better way. Starting in Sydney with one van – the first of many donations from Goodman+ Foundation – she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month.
OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.
Our purpose is to Nourish our country. Find out more