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Young and old eat together and socialise at Tottenham School

A primary school in Tottenham is bridging the generation gap with healthy food and conversation.


St Francis de Sales school on Church Road, Tottenham, holds an ntergenerational luncheon club every Tuesday.


‘Ladies and Gents do School Dinners’ gives pupils and older people from the surrounding area the chance to eat together and share their experiences.


Eight year-old pupils Aaron and Esther were chosen to take part in the mealtimes this week, Aaron said: " I really enjoyed the lunch with the older people and I would love to help again.


“I am writing about the lunch with Esther and showing my teacher what I have written"


Esther added: "I enjoyed being a waitress taking orders and serving paella to them, it was great day."

Headteacher James Lane feels the sessions are mutually beneficial for everybody, he said: “The lunches benefit both groups, our children get the chance to meet people from a generation that many of them don’t have access to and vice versa for the older people.


“The children enjoy it because they know they’re doing something that benefits other people.”


The extra food is provided for free by Lunchtime UK, a private food supplier taken on by the school three years ago in a bid to tackle obesity amongst pupils.

Lunchtime UK operations manager for London Scott Gritt said: “These sessions are really going back to grass roots values of healthy food and conversation between generations, it’s something we’re very proud to be a part of.”


Lunchtime UK have agreed to extend the offer of free lunches to other schools willing to undertake the ‘Ladies and Gents do School Dinners’ project.


3rd February 2015