20th May each year has been declared World Bee Day, following a United Nations General Assembly resolution that was co-sponsored by 115 UN Member States, including the USA, Canada, China, the Russian Federation, India, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and all the European Union Member States, signifying the important role that bees have in feeding the world’s populations.
Every year on this date, attention is given to raising awareness of the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators due to the crucial role they play in pollinating nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food.
To mark World Bee Day, the BD Together teams are arranging a range of activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of bees amongst the children, within the schools and with colleagues.
- Offering a special honey-themed menu
- The Great Bee Bake Off – a baking competition for kitchen teams. Cakes will then be raffled off at their schools and the proceeds will be donated to a charity chosen by the school
- Donating insect and bee hotels for school gardens; thanks to our supplier McCain for donating these
- Dressing the lunch counters with bunting and steamers – and hopefully a few of the team members will be in bee fancy dress!
The day is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the important role that bees play whilst also increasing meal uptake in our schools, on what is also School Census day. Look out for updates on the day itself!