May 2010 Archives

Government slashes School Food Trust's budget by £1m

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SFT-logo.jpgThe Government has slashed the School Food Trust's (SFT) budget by £1m as part as part of Chancellor George Osborne's £6.25b of immediate spending cuts to bring down the UK's £156b deficit.

The SFT has been told it must cut its marketing spend by 40% to £1.5m for the rest of the financial year. The organisation's overall funding from Government is now £7.65m.

Glasgow schools caterer brands healthy eating rules 'draconian'

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Fergus Chambers.jpg"Draconian" healthy eating rules are driving kids to go in search of junk food, it has been claimed.

The number of children eating healthy school lunches in Glasgow has plummeted by 30,000 since national nutritional standards were introduced, according to Cordia, which provides school meals to the City Council.

Fegrus Chambers (pictured), the firm's managing director, claimed that many pupils were choosing to make a "100m dash" for a bag of chips or deep-fried pizzas rather than opt for a healthy school dinner.

Suzanne Duncan named School Chef of the Year 2010

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SCOTY logo.jpgSuzanne Duncan has been named School Chef of the Year 2010.

Duncan, who is employed by North Ayrshire council, works at the Irvine Royal Academy, Irvine, Scotland. She was voted Britain's top school chef by a panel of judges at the national final held at Sheffield City College last night, and the winners were announced at a breakfast reception held this morning.

Her winning entry was a main course of turkey kebabs with summer salsa and a mint yoghurt dip and flat bread followed by a dessert of strawberry, rhubarb & ginger layered cheesecake.

World-Cup-2010.jpgHarrison Catering Services has announced plans to use World Cup fever to encourage adventurous eating and boost school meal uptake.

The caterer said a World Cup themed menu will be offered to many of its schools throughout London and the South East during the 2010 FIFA tournament in June. As the menu changes daily, schoolchildren will be able to enjoy food from many of the participating countries ranging from Mexico, Denmark and Portugal to Nigeria, Korea and Australia.

The final day will be dedicated to South Africa, the host nation, where the entire menu will be replaced and inspired by South African cuisine on Tuesday 29th June.

School meals - nutrition or education?

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With pressure on all Government spending, school meals are struggling to fight for what limited resources are available. We put two industry heavyweights head-to-head to argue for and against their provision.

Beverley Baker, chair of the Local Authorities Catering Association LACA chairman

In order to appreciate where we are with school meals today, it is perhaps important to clarify why school meals first came into existence and how the service has evolved since those early days.

Ironically, it was concerns over the levels of under-nutrition at the beginning of the 20th century that prompted the introduction of school meals as a social welfare service for all children in 1906. This was also based on the premise that children would be more receptive and perform better in class if they were not hungry.

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