Kitchen Garden Canteen Transformation Pilot

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, in conjunction with The School Food Project, is seeking a school to collaborate with on a Canteen Transformation Pilot. 

It’s an opportunity to refine or establish canteen business practices, offer appetising and successful alternatives to processed food, and set up a canteen that offers the best possible food options for student success. Not to mention all the tools to set the Canteen Manager up for success!

For schools already running the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, a canteen offering fresh seasonal food can contribute to a whole-school approach to pleasurable food education, and further support the wellbeing of students.

What’s on offer?

We have an opportunity for one school to receive the Canteen Transformation Pilot package valued at $7,500.

The School Food Project (SFP) and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden teams will work with the successful pilot school throughout the five phases of the canteen transformation:

  1. Engagement
  2. Planning and Data Capture
  3. Project Implementation
  4. Launch
  5. Ongoing Support 

Support: The SFP team offers touch points and training to oversee your canteen transformation across the five phases. 

Resources: The SFP canteen transformation kit offers operational processes, guidelines and checklists, community engagement and education strategy. The kit also includes delicious, practical, portioned, costed and nutritious recipes. 

Timeline: Timeframes are flexible, and we will work with the successful school to maximise this opportunity aiming to train your canteen manager during Term 1, and launch your new canteen menu in Term 2, 2022.

Are you eligible?

Schools (primary or secondary) that meet the following criteria are invited to express interest to become a pilot school:

  • currently running the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
  • have an existing school canteen staffed by a Canteen Manager, operationally capable of producing food on-site (not run by an external catering company or volunteers)
  • have the desire and commitment to transform your canteen menu to include fresh, seasonal and nutritious food.

Interested in being a pilot school? 

Please respond to the questions below by 9am Wednesday 24 November 2021. 

The Foundation will use its discretion to select a pilot school from applicants who meet the criteria. 

Need more details?

Contact Project Officer Steph McLeod on 03 8415 1993, 0422 256 544 or 



To be considered for this opportunity, please respond to the questions below and email your responses to by 9am Wednesday 24 November 2021.

  • School contacts

School name

Principal: Name; Email; Phone

Canteen Manager: Name; Email; Phone

Best contact person 

  • Your interest

1. What is your motivation for expressing interest in this opportunity? 

2. What do you hope to achieve by being involved?

3. Briefly describe the kitchen garden program at your school.

4. Briefly describe the canteen at your school.

5. Has your school principal/leadership indicated support for piloting the Kitchen Garden Canteen Transformation?

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