Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program
The Australian Government has committed $12.8 million over four years commencing from 2008-09 for up to 190 primary schools across Australia to participate in the national roll-out of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. The focus of the Program is for primary school students to learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food in the belief that this approach will provide a better chance of positively influencing children’s food choices.
Recently, the Government announced an additional $1 million over three years to develop curriculum resources to support the Program.
The Program provides one-off funding of up to $60,000 (GST exclusive) to eligible schools to cover infrastructure costs associated with building a kitchen and garden. Additional one-off funding of $80,000 (GST exclusive) over two years has been provided to seven demonstration schools which are located in metropolitan areas in each state and territory (except Victoria, which has an established demonstration school) to increase accessibility for interested schools to visit and a training centre for schools joining the Program.
Since the Program commenced in 2008-09, the Government has provided over $10 million to 178 eligible schools across Australia in the first (2008), second (2009), third (2010) and fourth (2011) funding rounds.