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School meals are award winners in Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley school children have another good reason to enjoy their school lunches, after the council’s school meals service picked up a national award.

The service has been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark Bronze award, which means all the food served uses fresh ingredients which are locally sourced, free from additives and unhealthy fats, and are better for animal welfare.

The initiative involves changing menus, working with suppliers, sourcing fresh produce, preparing meals on site and training staff.

Pupils, teachers and chefs were consulted on the new menus, including an X-Factor style initiative, with children voting for their top 10 meals.

Head teacher Charlie Newstead and chef Charlotte Hoey with pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School

Head teacher Charlie Newstead and chef Charlotte Hoey with pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School

Charlie Newstead, head teacher of St Joseph’s primary said:

“It’s reassuring for me as a head teacher to know that all of the food served to our children meets such high standards – that all the ingredients are fresh and the meat comes from accredited farms with good animal welfare standards.”

Among the healthy meals which have been a hit with children is vegetable frittata – a delicious omelette-type dish made with fresh vegetables.

And if you’d like to try it yourself at home, you can watch St Joseph’s chef Charlotte Hoey showing you how to make this simple, nutritious dish. You can also find the latest school meals menus on the council’s website.

Top five school meals in Knowsley

The best-selling school meals in Knowsley are:

  1. Curry, rice and naan
  2. Roast dinner
  3. All day breakfast
  4. Fish, chips and mushy peas
  5. Pizza and wedges