Awareness-raising initiatives organised by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation
The aim of the Louis Bonduelle Foundation is to change eating patterns over the long term. To achieve this, the Louis Bonduelle Foundation puts concrete initiatives with measurable results in place in the field, throughout the year.
These activities, undertaken by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation wherever a need is identified, are characterized by the following:
- They relate to vegetables and how they are depicted or consumed.
- They are addressed to a target audience: pupils or students, young adults, etc.
- They are carried out among a defined number of individuals.
- They yield measurable results: a pre-activity assessment of the situation, performance of the activity, evaluation of results post activity, measurement of the activity's evolution and effectiveness monitored over time. The result of each initiative is made public on the Foundation's website.
- These activities are replicable on the same target audience hence enhancing the efficiency.
- They draw on the expert knowledge of independent specialists.
The Louis Bonduelle Foundation's actions
Here are a few examples of activities organised by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation aimed at its target groups:
- Disadvantaged population groups
The vegetable round: in partnership with the French charity: the Secours Populaire Français, the “Vegetable Round” makes it possible for the charity’s volunteers (who were trained by the foundation’s nutritionists), to organise educational games workshops stressing the need to eat vegetables.
- Senior citizens
The latest project from the Louis Bonduelle Foundation enables senior citizens to rediscover vegetables through cooking workshops and an “art-nature” workshop, organised in cooperation with the MARPAs (retirement homes).
The Louis Bonduelle Foundation in Italy has also come up with a number of initiatives:
- The foundation has provided a chance for children to learn more about the principles of a balanced diet via a play produced by the Amici per la Tavola theatre troupe.
- Neophobia (rejection of new foods), is a behaviour frequently observed among children, particularly where vegetables are concerned. Orto, in Condotta reassures children by explaining them the principles of a balanced diet and the origins of their foodstuffs.
- Workshops are being organised for consumers to make them aware of the choices involved in purchasing a product. This is the Master of food programme.
In Belgium and the Netherlands, the Het Groente & Fruit Lab gives Professor Louis Veggie and his faithful dog Lou, the opportunity to make children aware of the nutritional value of vegetables. Some educational kits are sent to schools and a website containing loads of hints, tips and useful information has been set up.
The Pensa che Mensa initiative was set up for Italian families in order to improve the meals distributed outside the home such as in canteens or hospitals.
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