It is no Happy Meal. But it should cheer up the children in the Gelderse Vallei hospital. Twice a week they'll be treated to brightly coloured lunchboxes courtesy of Wageningen UR.
The colourful boxes are a gift from a dozen or so sponsors including Facilities and Services (FB) at Wageningen UR. FB collected the money (2000 euros) at the opening of a new building for two of the departments. Wageningen UR has been working with the hospital for a couple of years in the field of nutrition research. They came up with the lunchbox idea together.
One thousand of the boxes have been bought. 'That will keep us going for a while', says publicity manager Thea van Dijk. 'They are for a small number of children.' The boxes picture a frog called Koos Kikker, who resembles the storybook characters of Max Velthuis. Koos Kikker is the mascot of the paediatric department.
As well as healthy food ('Not always, though', adds Van Dijk) the boxes contain a little surprise. And the outside is adorned with rhymes and questions. How long can a rabbit live, for example?