Top Marks for School Meals!

17th February 2018

We’re excited to introduce three schools for which Hutchison Catering are now providers of school meals -  Park Grove Primary Academy in York, Lakeside Primary School in York and Ebor Academy in Filey.

For our two new primary schools, we’ve worked closely with the clients to create menus specific to their children's requirements. Packed with exciting new dishes, we’re looking forward to gaining some new friends and important feedback along the way. Our nutrition-based school meals are jam-packed with vital micro-nutrients and fibre to give our kids the energy and nutrition they need to play and learn all day long.  

We’re passionate about using fresh, sustainable produce in all parts of our business by committing to using a minimum 75% of fresh produce in our school menus. Our commitment is also to support local suppliers wherever possible.

Ebor Academy secondary school in Filey can look forward to an even more varied selection of meals.  At this age it is even more important to keep our customers engaged  by incorporating street food style options that are rotated weekly.

However, as reported recently by the Lead Association for Catering in Education, a review of food education in schools has found 'huge disparity' in standards. The AKO Foundation, in partnership with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, revealed the results of what it says is the first comprehensive review of food education in English schools. Among its findings was "a huge disparity between schools doing a great job at delivering strong food education and others struggling with a lack of time, resource and support."

School leaders, parents, pupils, catering organisations, NGOs and governors took part in surveys and focus groups, reviewing three key areas: the curriculum, the whole school approach and behaviour change.

In addition to its disparity findings, in summary, The AKO Foundation said the report showed

  • Alarming concerns about the unhealthy food environment at secondary schools, compromising pupils’ ability to make good food choices
  • A strong and clear teacher, pupil and parent voice asking for a healthier school environment.

The report made four key recommendations which it says would ensure young people are receiving the education and start in life that they deserve:

  • Schools should be healthy food zones
  • More support should be given to the school workforce
  • Improvements in food education qualifications and resources are needed
  • Stronger reporting and evaluation needs to be in place

At Hutchison, we always have these principals at the forefronts of our minds, and we strongly believe school food should be healthy, high quality and tempting variety as any other menu. We want to help our kids learn about food by giving them access to a wide range of dishes using the best fresh ingredients and to help them develop healthy eating habits.  

We are really looking forward to working with these amazing schools over the coming school year and years to come.

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