School meals source wins prestigious healthy food award

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A new menu set to hit school dining rooms across East Sussex has received a prestigious national award recognising fresh, healthy food.

The meal plan, to be served up from September, received a bronze award under the Food For Life Catering Mark scheme.

The new menu was created by County’s meals contractor Chartwells, which has just won two new contracts to feed the 17,000 children currently enjoying school meals.

The award is given to caterers who guarantee the food they’re serving is freshly-prepared, ethically-sourced and free from controversial additives.

Lead member for school effectiveness Cllr Nick Bennett said: “The standard of school meals is higher than it’s ever been and there is a real ambition to provide good nutrition, balance and food pupils will enjoy eating.

“Across England, 30 per cent of children aged two to 15 are overweight or obese, and healthy school meals are a vital tool in our armoury for combating obesity and food poverty, and the resultant health risks linked to them.

“The Catering Mark is a respected, independent guarantee food is healthy, nutritious and ethically sourced, and will hopefully convince more parents of the value of school meals .”