School Food Plan

When you take a look at the practical guide for “School Food Standards” (www.schoolfoodplan.com/standards) the first thing you read is: “Eating in school should be a pleasurable experience: time spent sharing good food with peers and teachers”.

These “School Food Standards”, which don’t become legislation until January 2015, have our full support and are intended to help children develop healthy, balanced, eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school week. It goes on to say it is important to cook food that looks good and tastes delicious; to talk to children about what is on offer and recommend dishes; to reduce queuing and to serve the food in a pleasant environment where they can eat with their friends.

In simplistic terms the food should be wide ranging across the week, variety is key, using different fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses or types of meat and fish. The food used will help reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar, and increase fruit, vegetable and fibre content.

We will achieve these new standards by staying true to our values, using over 75% British produce, making 90% of our food from scratch on site avoiding processed or frozen foods, and that as a minimum our menus comply with the Soil Association Bronze Food for Life, although we now have menus that have attained Silver and Gold accreditation.

We have decided to introduce our new menus that comply with the “School Food Standards” early, straight after the October half term. The reason we have done this is so that the schools, their children and staff, and also our own team of staff can gauge how well they work, what everyone enjoys, understand what is popular and not so popular, so that when we go live in January we will have amended the menus based on all the feedback that has been given to us.

The primary objective for us is for all our customers to want to eat our food, by giving them something that they want and will enjoy, whilst at the same time giving them the fuel to have a great and successful day at school.

Over the next few weeks I will keep you posted on how well the menus are working and the feedback we are getting whilst introducing you to the “Food Information Regulations 2014”, which become effective on the 13th December 2014.

Nelson