We produce two menus per year, running a three-week rotation – one for autumn and one for spring. This allows us to use locally sourced seasonal produce, meaning the highest quality ingredients with minimal impact on the environment.
Each menu takes months of preparation working with suppliers to ensure the ingredients required to produce the food detailed on the menu not only meets with our standards but also has the correct specification details with regards to allergens.
Occasionally due to issues outside of our control such as a utility failure at a school site, staffing shortages or stock being in short supply we have to produce food that is somewhat different to the published menu. However, our priority is always to ensure that children are fed with a nutritious meal at lunchtime. On extremely rare occasions this may mean that jacket potatoes or sandwiches are the only main meal options available.
Where issues force our hand into producing food that is different to the published menu the Unit Catering Manager has a responsibility to inform the school of the alternative food they intend to serve that day so that it can be communicated to parents. We are unable to offer refunds if the food served is different to the published menu due to issues outside of our control.
We are introducing a specific gluten-free menu to offer more choice to those with dietary requirements.
All our meals are compliant with the government’s school foods standards, designed to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they have the energy and nutrition they need to get the most from their whole school day.
Allergen information is available for each menu item for parents to review, but we also encourage our Unit Catering Managers to work with parents to discuss dietary requirements to ensure each child can be catered for safely. Allergen management is something we take very seriously. All staff must complete and pass a ‘Natasha’s Law’ training module as part of their induction, and ongoing refresher training is provided to all catering staff. Each time a new menu is published there is a thorough process that takes place to identify any allergens in the new recipes. We can also cater for special dietary requirements such as including gluten-free options, which we know is important to your school and pupils. We have experience of working with children on the autistic spectrum (ASD) and make extra efforts to ensure an inclusive approach for all pupils within the service.
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