Practical Testing and Implementation of the Tool “My Sustainable School Meal” by City of Warsaw, Poland
25 September 2023
Changes in school canteens towards a more sustainable direction requires education of not only school kids, but also people that are responsible for organizing and preparing school meals – caterers and kitchen professionals. For this reason, two workshops for thirty kitchen professionals were organized. The first one was more theoretical. Attendants were educated about requirements, that public meals should meet to be more sustainable. After theory, they were trying to modify some of the typical school meals. The second workshop was practical. A professional cooking trainer was hired to learn, how to prepare attractive and tasty sustainable dishes or modify some of typical polish school meals (ex. by adding lentils to minced meat). Workshops for school meals providers were part of the cyclic meetings. (testing the tool: Getting involved in a change process - StratKIT Sustainable Public Meal Toolkit (sustainable-public-meal.eu).
School kitchen professionals could also learn techniques of introducing new, more sustainable proposals to school menus. They were encouraged to test new meals at school canteens. They got questionnaires as a tool to gather information about new proposals from pupils. Typical questions in the questionnaire were ex: Do you want this dish as a new school meal? What could be different in that dish? Can you propose some new, fancy name for this dish to encourage the others to try it?
“My sustainable tool meal” as a tool can educate and encourage both: school kids and kitchen professionals to make some positive changes in the school menu. It is important not only to know sustainability rules, but also to have a strategy to introduce them in the school canteen.
More information about the practical testing of the tool:
Ewa Chojnowska, Project Coordinator at Warsaw Municipality