Council serves up award-winning food for schools

St Helens parents can rest assured that their children will get some of the
freshest – and most nutritional – school dinners available!

The council’s School Meals Service has just been awarded the Soil
Association’s Bronze Food for Life catering mark – for serving fresh meals
that meet school food standards.

The awards recognise the fact that people want more information on where
their food comes from and how it has been made.

Catering mark award holders have to prove that they maintain high standards of traceability, freshness and provenance. The award also recognises restaurants and caterers who serve fresh food that’s free from
controversial additives and better for animal welfare – confirmed through
rigorous on-site inspections.

The School Meals Service provides 13,000 dinners a day for pupils at
primary, secondary and special schools throughout the borough.

It’s led by Executive Development Chef and former Rainford High student
Andrew Ferguson, who has been working with pupils and schools to transform the operation across the borough.

All meals are prepared by skilled, qualified staff using fresh ingredients.
Customer feedback is vital – with menus linked to the school’s curriculum
and staff attending student council meetings, organising pupil customer
surveys and creating new dining concepts.

“We’re delighted to have achieved the bronze award,” said Andrew. “We’ve always strived to serve fresh and nutritious meals, and this award
recognises our commitment. We’re already thinking about how we can work towards our silver award”

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Smart and Sustainable Borough Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “This is an excellent achievement – which recognises the vital role that fresh, nutritious meals play in our schools and I’m delighted that all the hard work put in by our School Meals Service has been recognised in this way.”