Families go behind the scenes at Tesco in Farm to Fork day
Downright Special families enjoyed a behind the scenes experience at a Hull supermarket as part of a project to improve children’s relationship with food.
Tesco’s Farm to Fork initiative is part of the ‘Eat Happy’ project to help youngsters learn how their food is made and where it comes from.
The children, as well as their siblings and parents, had a tour of Tesco in Hall Road, north Hull, on August 9, which saw them meet the staff, talk about various food groups and take a look at how deliveries are completed.
They were able to smell, touch and taste their way through the wide world of food, helping to educate them in a healthy, balanced diet.
Gillian Bowlas, Charity Manager at Downright Special, whose daughter Rachel, 11, has Down syndrome, said: “The kids really enjoyed it and we were there for about two hours. They found out how bread was made, so they felt the dough, looked at the oven and were able to smell the yeast.
“Then they went down the fruit and vegetable aisle and talked about exotic fruits, such a mangos and avocados, before meeting the fishmonger on the fish counter.
“They also saw the loading bay, the fridges and freezers, and had a tasting session with bread, cheese, blueberries and coconut. Rachel loved it and she tried kiwi fruit for the very first time.”
Gillian said working in partnership with Tesco is a real positive for the charity, which supports children with Down syndrome and their families.
She said: “They are so supportive of our charity and are also donating items for our baby group session this summer, which is lovely. The staff at Tesco – Angie, Trish and Jean – were fantastic.
“The Farm to Fork day was realty useful for the children to learn about food and the staff used visual prompts to support what they were saying, which made it much easier for our children.”
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