On the 21st March I was one of six school nurses privileged to be invited to the first ever UK CEO Cookoff arranged by the Jamie Oliver Foundation and UK Harvest. The aim was to raise £2 million to tackle food waste, obesity and malnutrition.
The CEO CookOff event was tremendous fun and a wonderful experience but the cause it is tackling - the three-way problem of obesity, malnutrition and food waste is a very serious one. There are 13 million children in this country, and one third of them are obese. The funds raised from the CEO CookOff will go towards food education schemes in schools, via the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation which will equip our children and young people to feed themselves well and enable healthy lifestyles. The money raised will also go to UK Harvest who are working to ensure that the 11 million tonnes of edible food and drink which is currently wasted and ends up in landfill gets to people in our communities in food poverty.
The event saw nearly 100 senior business leaders join forces with 30 top chefs to serve a banquet to everyday heroes from schools, communities and hospitals as a thank you for their work with children and families.
The evening was a massive success attended by the Duchess of Cornwall, and many celebrities, with superb food and entertainment and has raised an amazing £544,000 to date. The Jamie Oliver foundation and UK Harvest are beginning initiatives and programmes with the money raised and are looking for volunteers to support them achieve their aims. Compass School Health and Wellbeing service are hoping to be involved in this good work.
Maggie Clarke, Assistant Director Healthy Child Programme