Tipperary’s St. Joseph’s embrace Food Dudes campaign

St. Josephs Primary School is taking part in the Food Dudes healthy eating programme.

St. Josephs Primary School is taking part in the Food Dudes healthy eating programme.

This programme is sponsored by Bord Bia and receives funding from the Department of Agriculture.

It encourages the children to eat portions of fruit and vegetable in school each day.

As a result of this we now have many Food Dudes in our school who eat healthily, enjoy new tastes and love fruit and veg.

Louise Tobin, Principal said she was thrilled with the success of the Food Dudes programme. “It’s wonderful to see after the initial phase where the pupils received the portions of fruit and vegetables daily, they are now coming to school with much healthier lunches including fruit and vegetables.

“Many parents have taken on the Food Dudes initiative at home too and in their weekly shopping.

“Many pupils are telling me about how their parents are buying more fruit and vegetables than before to ensure supplies for lunches”, said Ms. Tobin.

The Food Dudes programme replaced St. Joseph’s annual, ‘Healthy Eating Week this year.

Ms. Tobin explained that it had been hugely successful in that it’s such a practical, hands on and indeed edible approach to changing children’s food habits.

The national roll out of the Food Dudes Programme is being funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and managed by Bord Bia. 

The programme has the support of the Department of Education & Science and hence its implementation in school’s nationwide like St. Josephs.