A donation of two smoothie makers, cups and straws and a large selection of fruit by Redditch charity the Oakland Foundation are helping bring the topic of food and nutrition to life for pupils at a local school. Ipsley’s Smoothie Team ‘Smoothip’ competed against a number of schools who are part of the RSA Academies family to secure additional funding. Ipsley’s Smoothie Team successfully presented their idea and also secured £250.00 worth of funding from the RSA to support the launch of their smoothie project. Ipsley CE RSA Academy Principal, Nicola Beech, said: “Through the smoothie project, pupils are learning about healthy eating whilst also developing entrepreneurial skills.” The Oakland Foundation donated two smoothie making machines, chosen due to their ability to break down and pulverise foodstuffs, thereby unlocking all available nutrients from the stems, seeds and skins of food. Oakland Foundation trustee, Hayley Smith, stated: “Having a nutritionally well balanced diet which includes fruit and vegetables promotes children’s growth and development. When Ipsley School’s Smoothie Team told us about their plans of setting up a ‘Smoothie Club’ and about the smoothie project, we were more than willing to get involved. “The Foundation’s primary objective is to support the needs of local children and families in the Redditch and Bromsgrove areas through our involvement in projects relating to health, nutrition, education and sport – and this project certainly delivers that.” The Oakland Foundation charity, created by Redditch based food distribution firm Oakland International, is aimed specifically at reducing child poverty within Redditch and Bromsgrove areas through their work in the areas of Health and Nutrition, and Education and Sport with local youth organisations.