Food Dudes is a programme developed by the Food Activity & Research Unit at Bangor University, Wales, to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. The programme is managed in Ireland by Bord Bia and receives financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.
It is based on positive role models, repeated tasting of fresh fruit and vegetables, and rewards. The Department of Health recommend that children (and adults) eat 5-7 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. However, many children currently eat less than this.
In May, St. Anne’s participated in the next phase of the programme, whereby the whole school received 5 days delivery of fruit and vegetables – A Food Dudes Week. This was to help maintain the heathy eating ethos in the school. Children viewed healthy eating episodes and were given curricular based activities to sample. They also completed a Passport to Healthy Eating at home. Lunch boxes were gifted to children in Junior Infants. The children enjoyed the fun learning during Food Duded Week.