As part of Strength2Food, EUTA are working with 29 primary schools in Serbia to improve the quality of their school meals. Currently they are interacting with parents’ councils (a parent of a child representing every class in the school that meets to discuss issues with the school). During the latest visit to Serbia by Richard Simmons from 19th to 23rd November, the EUTA team met the parents’ council from the “Ljuba Nenadović” primary school in Belgrade. The meetings reflect the importance of parents’ support for the successful uptake more nutritious school meals.

Hosted by our local school coordinator, Vesna Vasović, the EUTA team presented the Strength2Food project to the parents’ council, focusing particularly on the support we are giving to improve meal nutrition and children’s eating habits, and answered questions afterwards. The school has already included new foods in its latest food procurement process that took place during the summer, to try some recipes developed by project partner Barilla for this year’s lunch menus.

As part of improving the quality of school meals, EUTA researchers are also meeting organic producers, who are supporting the project’s initiatives to get organic fruit and vegetables into local primary schools.