Mary’s Meals appeals for its ‘big family Christmas table’

17/12/2018 08:12
Mary’s Meals is appealing for donations for its ‘big family Christmas table’, which will allow a child to be fed a school meal for a whole year.

It says: “This year, the cost of a typical Christmas dinner could be up to £20 per person. But by setting a place at our virtual table for just £13.90, you will feed a child at a place of education in some of the world’ poorest communities for an entire school year.

“After all, there’s...


LACA backs Parliamentary call for ban on sale of energy drinks to children

LACA Energy Drinks report
05/12/2018 06:12
The House of Commons select committee on science and technology has recommended in a report published yesterday (December 4) a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children.

LACA, the school meals organisation, has immediately announced its support for the decision.

In a statement, it said: “LACA fully supports the Government’s proposal, as part of the second chapter of the Childhood Obesity plan, to end the sale of energy drinks to children, as shown in our...


Long-serving dinner staff celebrated for NSMW

20/11/2018 06:11
To mark the 25th anniversary of National School Meals Week (NSMW) last week (12-16 November), Havering Council gave 13 of its longest serving dinner supervisors a chance to relax and let someone serve them instead.

With nearly 400 years of cooking experience and 23.3million meals between them, they were treated to afternoon tea on behalf of the borough to say thank-you.

Andrew Blake-Herbert, chief executive of Havering Council, said: “We have some amazing dinner supervisors who have shown pure...


Quorn partners with SIPS Catering for NSMW

15/11/2018 09:11
Quorn has partnered with SIPS Catering to treat pupils at a West Midlands Primary School to a series of interactive sessions yesterday (14 November), in celebration of National School Meals Week (NSMW).

With the help of Quorn Superheroes, Hope and Max, the children and staff from Crocketts Community School in Sandwell, West Midlands, enjoyed hands-on activities, including cookery demonstrations, tastings, and educational talks on the health benefits of Quorn for both them and the planet....


‘Huge’ increase in spend on Scottish meat, figures show

14/11/2018 10:11
There has been a ‘huge’ increase in spend on Scottish meat by local authorities holding the Food for Life Served Here award for their school meals.

Released to celebrate Roast Dinner Day today (14 November), it revealed that Edinburgh City Council’s schools spent almost £220,000 on scotch beef PGI, scotch lamb PGI and specially slected pork in 2016/17, compared to just over £16,000 in 2013/14.

Edinburgh City Council has been working...


National School Meals Week 2018 kicks off

National School Meals Week 2018
12/11/2018 06:11
This year marks the 25th anniversary of LACA’s National School Meals Week (NSMW), which starts today and runs until November 16th, with organisers promising ‘there will be plenty to celebrate during this Silver Jubilee year’.

The annual event is marked by schools up and down the country and serves to promote the quality and value of the hot, cooked meals delivered every school day by LACA’s members.

Among the highlights of this year’s NSMW will be #cookeditmyselfie, in which caterers, teachers, parents or...


ISS Education supports National School Meals Week

09/11/2018 09:11
With National School Meals Week taking place across the country next week (12-16 November), ISS’s school catering business is getting ready to host a number of celebrations.

Lead by the Lead Association for Education (LACA), the national event is now in its 25th year and is designed to celebrate “all that is great about school meals,” said national chair Michael Hales.

As well as serving the nation’s favourite school meal – recently unveiled as...


Greenwich council tops the good food table for second year

09/11/2018 06:11
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has become top of the ‘Good Food for London’ league table for the second year running.

The league table charts the progress made by London’s 33 boroughs in making London’s food system healthier and more sustainable, Greenwich won the award through its work helping residents to eat healthy and combat poor nutrition.

Councillor Averil Lekau, cabinet member for adult social...


Havering Council’s ‘Veggie Run’ campaign shortlisted for LGC award

08/11/2018 06:11
The London Borough of Havering has been shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) 2019 Awards for its healthy eating ‘Veggie Run’ campaign.

Up against nine other councils for ‘Campaign of the Year’, ‘Veggie Run’ launched in April by Havering’s in-house service provider, HES Catering Services. It targets four to 11 year-olds and encourages them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

With circa 20,000 downloads, reports claim there has...


School Food Matters shortlisted for NatWest skills and opportunities fund

07/11/2018 06:11
School Food Matters’ Young Marketeers programme has been shortlisted for the NatWest skills and opportunities fund.

The fund enables people in disadvantaged communities t develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.   

The Young Marketeers programme sees young people become market...



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