Blog: Why I’m volunteering at School Food Matters

11 February 2022
It’s Student Volunteering Week - a time to celebrate the important role volunteers play in supporting the third sector and to reflect on how helping others can benefit students themselves.

I’ve been volunteering at School Food Matters since October 2021, and have really enjoyed how varied my role has been. I’ve assisted cookery classes in primary schools and have supported Young Marketeers in their bread and soup making workshops at the Bread Ahead Bakery, before helping with their winter soup sale at Borough Market weeks later.

I’m studying a postgraduate course in social research methods at the London School of Economics, specialising in food systems research. The valuable work SFM does to improve children’s access to healthy and sustainable food encouraged me to get involved and support their programmes.

Helping SFM’s food teacher Sharon in school kitchens and watching the students develop their knowledge and skills has been a pleasurable and rewarding experience. It has been really encouraging to see children try new flavours, cuisines and show enthusiasm towards plant-based eating.

Observing Eve, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager at SFM, during the Borough Market winter sale gave me practical insight into collecting data and assessing impact, which is what I want to be doing. Attending policy workshops around food system challenges has also been useful.

I have really enjoyed my experience volunteering with SFM, and I am looking forward to getting involved in more projects and campaigns in the coming months!

Written by Eliza