"Decent food for all' gives local school children a healthy breakfast

16 October, 2006. ‘Decent Food for All’, a programme managed by Armagh and Dungannon Health Action Zone and funded by safefood in partnership with the Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland, recently invited community groups from across the island to participate in a series of ‘open days’. These were designed to share the lessons learned by the programme since its inception four years ago.

The ‘Decent Food for All’ programme aims specifically to reduce food poverty through targeted healthy eating initiatives and related supporting projects. The programme also works towards promoting access to decent, healthy and affordable food for all and focuses on areas experiencing high levels of disadvantage.

The open days allow community groups to come together and learn about the experiences of reducing food poverty through ‘Decent Food for All’ as well as affording participants the opportunity to see some of the initiatives in action – such as the ‘RI:SE and SHINE’ Breakfast Club.

Five primary schools across the Armagh and Dungannon area participate in the breakfast club, where pupils can enjoy a healthy, nutritional breakfast every morning in school before lessons begin.

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