Warwickshire school dinners are top nosh

Warwickshire County Caterers have been awarded the prestigious Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark for their primary school lunch menu.

To celebrate this achievement and demonstrate how they met the award criteria they will be cooking up a special roast dinner on Wednesday 12 October.

On the menu will be roast British pork or cheesy courgette sausage with roast potatoes and local cabbage and carrots. For dessert children will be served apple and cinnamon brown betty with custard.

The Food for Life Catering Mark is a unique way to gain independent endorsement for serving fresh food you can trust. It’s a guarantee from the Soil Association that what’s on your menu is freshly prepared, additive free and with high regard for animal welfare. It also reflects wider food education opportunities offered in schools.

In short the award means the caterers are dishing up fresh food parents can trust to pupils at most primary schools and some secondary schools throughout the county.

Rachel Brook, Development Manager for Warwickshire County Caterers said: “We are really pleased to receive this award which offers reassurance to schools and parents that our meals are healthy and nutritious.

“We will continue to work on sourcing the best ingredients for our menus and providing more information to our customers – we’re already using organic and fair-trade produce so are well placed to meet the criteria for the silver Food for Life award next year.”

School chefs from flagship schools Newdigate Primary School, Clifton on Dunsmore and Bidford on Avon will collect the award at a special ceremony hosted at Garden Organic, Ryton on 15 November.

Warwickshire County Caterers provide a meal service in the majority of the County’s Primary schools and some secondary schools. Last year staff dished up nearly 3,000,000 meals to their young customers. For more information please visit the Warwickshire County Council school meals website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolmeals

More about the Soil Association’s Food for Life Programme can be found online at www.foodforlife.org.uk