One of the key focuses of the School Food Plan is the new School Food Standards which became statutory in January 2015. Pabulum achieved these new standards a few months early to ensure our staff, schools, pupils and parents were prepared and ready for the changes.
The new School Food Standards aim to help children develop healthy, balanced, eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school week.
In simplistic terms the food should be wide ranging across the week. Variety is key so 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 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.