Climate-friendly nutrition in the Bethanien Children’s and Youth Village

The longest table in the world at Bethanien Children’s Village in the value-added project with Consumer Advice Center NRW (Photo: Bethanien Children’s Village)

Schwalmtal. In the Bethanien Children’s and Youth Village in Schwalmtal, everything in the last week revolved around delicious and environmentally friendly nutrition. Under the motto “Our children’s town, our future. Active together for more climate protection” The NRW Consumer Advice Center carried out several workshops and campaigns with the aim of showing children, young people, but also adults in the children’s village how it can be done in a safe way. even more sustainable.

The value-added project of the NRW consumer advice center

Employees of the NRW consumer advice center conveyed how delicious environmentally friendly food tastes with their MehrWert project. In the workshops, for example, the children met the “hero of the countryside”. This workshop was about arousing curiosity about different types of vegetables. The groups were very enthusiastic, although the spinach was not so well received by all. “Poor pancakes,” said 12-year-old Aline, when asked to stuff them with spinach. Older youth have learned more about the climate impact of our diets and how their own behavior can make them “future eaters.” Employees from Bethanien Children’s Village also participated. They were able to participate in seminars in which ways to avoid food waste were shown and the design of a climate-friendly menu was explained. “I am pleased that so many of our groups have participated in the campaign and thus become aware of the issue again,” says Julia Bartkowski, director of the children’s village.

Eating together at the long table

But that was not all. In addition to the workshops, there were special campaigns that could also be used. This included a photo box where selfies with climate messages could be taken. A stamp campaign got creative when it came to low-waste shopping: cotton bags made from organic cotton were individually designed to hold loose fruit and vegetables or baked goods, for example.

However, the highlight was probably the final closing action on Friday. Each house received a kitchen box. The recipes were from the consumer center, Edeka Dahmen provided the groceries at a great price. They all diligently cooked for a meal together at a long table. In addition, there was a make-up booth, a junk club, a craft booth and of course the photo box, which will probably make the campaign resonate in everyone’s minds for a long time. “We are pleased that the campaign has been so well received in the children’s village,” says project worker Antonia Blumenthal. “The children and young people were very motivated and took a lot with them.”

More information about Bethanien Children’s Villages is available at More information about the MehrWert21 project is available at

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