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The Jamie Oliver Foundation
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski, ATH Supervising Editor: How do I express my love for Jamie Oliver? Let me count the ways. This wild-haired, funny, inspiring man has taken it on his shoulders to show Americans and the world how important food is to our health and the importance of educating our children about what they eat (oooo, our po' pitiful school lunches!). I am on his bandwagon as well as supportive of his Foundation, the Jamie Oliver Foundation. This man is thankfully tireless, so let's give him some support so he can rest.
The Jamie Oliver Foundation is a registered charity whose mission is to empower, educate and engage as many people as possible to love and enjoy good food. This means learning how to cook, understanding where food comes from, and recognizing the power it can have on our health, happiness, and even finances. The Foundation does this through teaching, training and employment, and also by making good clear information available to as many people as possible.
Here are the 4 charities
Fifteen is a restaurant group that uses the magic of food to give unemployed young people a chance to have a better future.
The flagship Restaurant, Fifteen London, established in 2002 with two other locations following the same inspirational model: Fifteen Amsterdam (in 2004), Fifteen Cornwall (in 2006). At the heart of the business is the desire to enable young people to believe in themselves and persuade them the future is theirs to create. Every year, each restaurant takes on unemployed and under-qualified young people and trains them to become qualified chefs through a unique Apprentice Programme. They are taught to love and respect food and its provenance – taking in everything from traditional bakery and butchery, to the finest pastry skills.
Jamie's School Dinners / Feed Me Better
The 2005 TV show, Jamie's School Dinners, uncovered the appalling quality of food served in school dining halls across the UK and subsequently Jamie started the Feed Me Better campaign, a petition to demand government intervention, funding and training for dinner ladies to address the problem.
Jamie received 271,677 signatures and in response the government established the School Food Trust whose mission is "to transform school food and food skills, promote the education of health of children and young people and improve the quality of food in schools."
Jamie's Ministry of Food
Ministry of Food is all about getting people cooking again. Jamie wants to show us that anyone can learn to cook – and that it's fun, cool, can save you money and help you, your family and friends to live a healthier life. It also promotes the idea of Pass It On, to encourage people to share their cooking skills with other people and teach their friends what they have learnt.
Jamie's Food Revolution
Jamie's Food Revolution combines the ambitions of both Jamie's Ministry of Food and Jamie's School Dinners and exists to tackle the obesity epidemic in America.
The campaign seeks to educate people about food and cooking, address the quality of the food served in school lunch halls and inspire food retailers to provide good quality, fresh, local food to their customers.
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