WA school to launch Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program thanks to grant from Coles

Students from Margaret River Independent School gardening

Students from Margaret River Independent School gardening

Students at Margaret River Independent School will be able to learn all about fresh fruit and vegetables thanks to Coles and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

The school was chosen by the recently refreshed Coles Margaret River as part of an initiative to build a sense of community and link local primary schools to their local Coles supermarket. As part of our sponsorship of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Coles aims to introduce schools to the Foundation and the benefits of its Kitchen Garden Program. Coles is also aiming to directly support schools within the partnership, so the school will receive a $5,000 grant and three-year membership to help bring the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program to the school. 

The grant will go towards installing a new kitchen garden full of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as kitchen essentials, including appliances, cookware, and pantry items. 

With one in four Australian children either overweight or obese*, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation aims to address the issue of childhood obesity by facilitating food education programs in schools.

Currently working with approximately 2,000 schools and early learning centres across Australia, the Foundation’s model teaches children and their families how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food. This vision closely aligns to our brand purpose at Coles, as we aim to sustainably feed all Australians, helping them to live happier and healthier lives.

Margaret River Independent School Principal, Wendy Roediger, said the donation would go a long way in helping the school to develop a kitchen garden program for students.

“We are really excited about the donation from Coles and the long-lasting effect it will have on our school community,” she said.

“The donation allows us to kickstart exploring our local history through the kitchen and associated garden, by initiating a ‘Bush to Bowl’ garden program, while helping our students develop a healthy relationship with food and the environment.”

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden WA Support Officer Marcelle Coakley was delighted that the partnership with Coles was helping more kids to eat fresh food. 

“The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program teaches children to grow, cook and love fresh healthy food and we are delighted that this partnership with Coles in WA has allowed us to expand our program to students at Margaret River Independent School,” she said. 

Coles Margaret River Store Manager, Lindsay Hill, said it will be great to see local families put more fresh fruit and veg in their baskets when they complete their weekly grocery shops.

“It was really great to visit the school and see how this new this new program will have a tangible, lasting impact on the school, its students and families, and help them build a really positive food culture. We’re really looking forward to supporting the school on their journey and seeing some little chefs with their shopping lists come and visit us in store.”

School kids wearing Stephanie Alexander aprons with Coles staff members 

Founded by renowned Australian chef Stephanie Alexander AO, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation reaches more than 250,000 Australian children. With our support here at Coles, we hope to continue to grow this number and bring this program to more children across Australia. 

* Australian Government – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019