How it Works

  • Hands on Food is a collection of food literacy lesson plans for elementary school teachers that offer a way to teach the BC curriculum including Physical Health and Education, Science, and more.
  • Lessons are targeted to grades 4-7 but can be easily adapted for any grade (kindergarten through grade 12).
  • The recipes and lessons focus on local food and a sustainable food system.

Who it's For

  • Educators can use this resource to implement cooking and food skill activities in school settings.
  • Students, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in healthy, local food will find this resource helpful.

Hands on Food has been a community collaboration between Interior Health, School District 73, and Farm to School BC.

Projects Leads, Content Creation, and
Resource Development:

Simone Jennings
Public Health Dietitian
Interior Health

Sherry Stade
Health Promoting Schools Coordinator
School District 73

Addie de Candole
Food Literacy Advisor
Farm to School BC


Classroom Pilot Testing:

Courtney Bruin
SD 73 Teacher

Paul Denby
SD 73 Teacher

Denise Underwood
SD 73 Teacher

Andrea Mangell
SD 73 Teacher

Document Review and Content Collaboration:

Neil Whitmore
Curriculum Coordinator
School District 73

Bronwyn Coyne
Public Health Dietitian
Interior Health

Jaimi Garbutt
City of Kamloops

Joanne Nicklas
Kamloops Beekeepers Club

Our Partners