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Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S)

Welcome to the Cook and Eat Programme

What is “The Cook and Eat Programme”?

HC3S developed this programmed in partnership with Hampshire Primary Care Trust and Eastleigh Borough Council with the aim of using more local produce, reducing obesity in children and promoting the health and wellbeing of school children within Hampshire using school meal recipes.

The programme consists of six weekly sessions for children and their parents. Each session lasts 11/2 hours and the aim of the programme is that parents and children learn:

HC3S is happy to provide the programme at primary schools, however schools will need to arrange the funding.

Why we developed a Cook and Eat Programme

We know that good nutrition in childhood can help:  

Most children in this country eat too much saturated fat, sugar and salt and not enough fruit and vegetables.  The Cook and Eat programme provided the opportunities for young people/children and their parents to develop an interest in healthy living through cooking healthy balanced meals whilst in a fun environment.

These are reasons which led us to develop this Cook & Eat  programme.

Who can be involved?

Hampshire’s School Catering Service (HC3S), schools, school children, parents, school cooks, community dieticians and health promotion services.

This programme can be run as an after school club or in school time after school meals are finished.

What are the benefits?

For Children/Pupils

For Parents

For Schools

For Health

For Food Producers, Retailers and Local Economy

The Cook & Eat Toolkit  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB for Schools explains more about the programme and what participation could mean for your school.
Recipes Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 455kb and certificates Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 51kb for the courses are also available for schools to use as they participate in these programmes.

If you are interested in running a Cook & Eat programme, please contact your Operations Manager or call the HC3S office on 023 8062 9388 or email


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