Stockport school children ‘pitch’ their own healthy lunch menus

Solutions SK competition attracted healthy lunch options
Solutions SK competition attracted healthy lunch options

School children across Stockport were set the challenge to design their own healthy lunch menus by local business, Solutions SK, and Stockport County Community Foundation. 

Tackling the issue of obesity in a fun and interactive way, the team at Solutions SK and Stockport County asked children across the borough to think about healthy eating choices and the way in which good food and exercise can leave them energised and focussed for their school work.

The competition ran throughout May and the team have now received over 100 entries.

Lisa Tottle, Quality and Training Lead for Solutions SK, says of the competition: “It’s been fantastic. The schools and children have been so enthusiastic about this challenge. The standard of entries is incredibly high. The children have made a huge effort designing the menus and thinking about the guidelines we gave them. We’re so excited to choose a winner but a huge congratulations goes out to everyone who entered.”

Matthew Bailey, from Stockport County Community Foundation also comments: “We were really pleased to work on this project with Solutions SK and challenge the children in our local schools to think about healthy eating and exercise in a different way. It’s been great fun running the competition and talking with the children about their ideas. The excitement over the prizes we’re offering has also been fantastic and has really driven the children to get involved.”

The Grand Slam package of prizes includes:

– A surprise visit to the winners’ school to announce the chosen menu

– Lunch with members of the Stockport County team

– The winning menus being cooked for the whole school

– The winning menu designers gaining a family ticket for any Stockport County game of their choice

– The winning menu designers going onto the pitch at the first game of the next season to meet the team and be presented with a certificate

The judging panel are now reviewing the competition entries to pick a winner from Key Stage 1 and 2, and the winners will receive the surprise visit to their school in late June.