Coles’ new look West End store has awarded Junction Park State School a $5000 donation and three-year membership to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden cooking program, to encourage students to adopt lifelong healthy eating habits.

The Coles donation will help Junction Park State School install a new pizza oven for students to enjoy, as well as a range of kitchen essentials, including appliances, cookware and pantry items. With one in four Australian children either overweight or obese1 , the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden education-based program operates in more than 2000 schools and early learning centres across Australia, and teaches children and their families how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.

Junction Park State School Principal Christine Wood said the donation would go a long way in helping the school continue to educate students on the benefits of healthy eating in a practical setting. “We are really excited about the donation from Coles and the long-lasting effect it will have on the development and longevity of our popular Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program,” Ms Wood said.

“Our school has participated in the program for five years, focusing on teaching our Year 2 and 3 students how to grow, prepare and appreciate healthy and nutritious fresh produce, by incorporating garden and kitchen classes into our science unit. It’s something our students really love and we’re excited to be able to offer even more variety into the program with the grant from Coles.”

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Queensland Support Officer, Marcelle Coakley, was delighted the partnership with Coles was helping more kids to eat fresh food. “The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program teaches children where their food comes from and to love fresh, healthy, delicious food. We are delighted this partnership with Coles in Queensland has allowed us to expand our program to students at Junction Park State School,” she said.

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