We had a wonderful celebration of International School Meals Day (ISMD) in 2021.
ISMD aims to encourage children and young people around the world (with support from their teachers) to connect and talk to each other about the food they eat and the role that it plays in their lives.
The date of ISMD 2021 was Thursday 11 March 2021, and the theme was ‘Eat for the health of it’, exploring affordable, nutritious foods and links between food and nutrition and children’s physical and mental health.
This was the ninth ISMD, and was both a great celebration and the chance to bring together children and communities across the world to share their experiences, stories and news.
This year’s theme encouraged pupils to think about their favourite food, and nutrition projects they’ve been part of, and to learn about which foods make them feel healthy, give them more energy or help them concentrate better at school.
In the run-up to the day, school staff can encourage young people to think about and discuss their favourite foods and meals in the way that is best suited to their particular learning environment. The main thing is to celebrate the rich diversity of recipes that is sure to exist in every classroom.
It is up to each individual country, school and classroom to take part in whatever way works best for them.
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Who can get involved and what you can do
Schools, organisations, government bodies, catering companies and anyone with an interest or involvement in promoting healthy eating are encouraged to get involved.
- Have an International Menu Day
- Run food taster (tasting) sessions or other fun food activities
- Host cooking activities with an international theme
- Provide career and skills activities for senior pupils and students
- Plan visits to farms, supermarkets or shops, community gardens or allotments to learn about growing, producing and selling food
- Plan visits to local religious establishments or community groups that would be willing to talk about food in relation to their faith or activities
- If off-site visits aren’t an option, invite people from the above settings to come and talk about what they do
- Hold fundraising activities for charities to support school feeding programmes in developing countries
- Incorporate global citizenship, food culture and healthy eating into classroom learning
- Run seminars, workshops or events related to food traditions, ceremonies or celebrations
- Connect across the globe – connect classrooms twin your school through established international education links
- Highlight food innovations, provided to schools
- Research and publish information related to school foods and the benefits of healthy eating.
These are just some ideas of how to get involved. We would love to hear about any more ideas you might have.
Map of ISMD activity
Look at all the countries where people have got involved in ISMD!
Is your country on the map?