Coles West End Secures Junction Park State School’s Cooking Program Membership

The children of Junction Park State School may continue to learn how to cook healthier meals thanks to the donation from Coles West End. The company gave the school $5,000 to support its membership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden cooking program for the next three years. 

The money will also afford the school to buy a new pizza oven and several kitchen items, cookware and appliances. 

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Junction Park State School has been in the program for five years but the grant from Coles West End will go a long way. Supporting Year 2 and 3 kids, the program, incorporated in the school’s science classes, teaches children how to prepare and appreciate nutritious dishes. 

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“We are really excited about the donation from Coles and the long-lasting effect it will have on the development and longevity of our popular Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program,” the school principal Ms Christine Wood said.

Coles West End Store Manager, Tristan Maris, said that they learned about how Junction Park State School created a kitchen garden program as part of the kids’ learning process. 

“The kids are really keen to get their hands dirty and experiment with cooking and eating new things, which is something we hope is reflected in their families’ weekly grocery shop when visiting the store,” Mr  Maris said. “We believe helping to sustainably feed all Australians, so they can live healthier and happier lives, is a fundamental part of why we do what we do at Coles, and it is exciting to see that in action.”

Coles launched its partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden cooking program in February 2020 with the aim of making eating healthy second nature to children.