How children have been learning about food in Portsmouth over the summerÂ
FOOD has taken centre stage for several youngsters during the summer holidays.Â Â
Portsmouth City Council has run six schemes fromÂ adventure playgrounds throughout the summer to educate students on healthy eating andÂ to provide food.
The '˜Summer Food For Fun' programme aims toÂ '˜provideÂ young people with a delicious healthy meal throughout the holidays'.
Data from 2017 highlights the popularity of the programmeÂ with 4,500 meals provided for local children over the summer holidays.
Health development officerÂ Holly EastlickÂ said: '˜The project is about providing a service that could feed the children a healthy home-cooked meal whilst at the same time allowing them to spend time in the park.'
Colleague, Marshada Chowdhury, said: '˜We have been doing quite a lot of cultural cooking with different foods from around the world. It isÂ also an opportunity whilst the children are on site to provide them with a healthy meal.'
A key aspect of the programmeÂ isÂ about providingÂ education with the children involved inÂ growing andÂ preparing the food.
LilianÂ Harris, nine, said: '˜I started my own garden growing eggplants, tomatoes and onions. We use the vegetables to make soups.'
Christian Larkin, nine, added: '˜I like to get fruit such as apples when I come down. I helped to grow the vegetables such as the tomatoes.'
One of the most popular meals is beans on toast with the beans provided by Portsmouth Food Bank. Whilst a key component of the project is focused on education, Portsmouth Food Bank manager, Carly Butler believes that for some children the food provided is anÂ essential necessity over the summer holidays.
'˜There are a lot of children who will be out of their homes for the day because their parents simply can't feed them. They will go to the playgrounds and whilst they are thereÂ be provided with a meal because when the playgrounds shutÂ the many of the children won't be able to goÂ home for lunch,' explained Mrs Butler.Â Â Â