Fairtrade food challenge brings community together

Last updated: 6 April, 2022

After two years of total isolation, Co-op colleagues in Carlisle helped pupils at a local school connect with their community.

James Rennie School is for pupils aged 3 to 19 who have severe or profound learning disabilities. During Fairtrade Fortnight, local Co-op Member Pioneers and food store colleagues set the pupils a challenge. They asked pupils to design and make a healthy Fairtrade snack in a week. 

Blackwell Road’s Co-op provided the ingredients for each class to create their snack. That included designing packaging and putting it all together in a colourful display. At the end of the week, it was judging time at the school's first assembly since the pandemic. The judges were Carlisle's Member Pioneer, Blackwell Road’s Co-op Store Manager and the Cumbria Member Pioneer Co-ordinator. 

What a display! Granola bites, hummus crackers, vegan truffles, overnight oats and more. The winning snack: a fruit salad with creative honey lime dressing and crackers. 

After all the judging, tasting and Fairtrade presentations, the pupils’ displays went to the Blackwell Road’s Co-op. Helping to share the Fairtrade message and inspire customers to eat healthy. 

Melissa DaviesMember Pioneer

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