School Catering Colleagues Shortlisted at National Award for Driving Inclusion & Reducing Environmental Impact

School Catering Colleagues Shortlisted at National Award for Driving Inclusion & Reducing Environmental Impact

Local Government Chronicle Awards

Our School Catering colleagues provide over 35,000 meals per day to 165 primary and secondary school in Kirklees! The team was shortlisted for the Large Team Award at the Local Government Chronicle Awards on 20 July.

Catering team at the lgc awards

Why has the team been recognised? 

The team has been recognised for their efforts to drive inclusion and reduce their environmental impact.

Working closely with schools, pupils and parents, the team adapted meals to meet the needs of local communities. The team has provided over 1,600 special diet meals every day. They have also made sure staff are trained to cater for pupils with food allergies and intolerances.

New menus 

Menus in high schools were redesigned to create 5 unique food court experiences. The menus offer a variety of nutritionally balanced high-street food options.

Inclusion

Inclusion was a key driver behind these changes, with pupils on free school meals having access to all menus at no additional cost. All children in reception, year 1 and 2 are eligible for free school meals if they are in a government-funded school.

Health and well-being

Primary schools worked in partnership with change4life and developed a Sugar Smart campaign. A range of low sugar and sugar free recipes was created. The recipes enhance children’s health and well-being and reduce the risk of childhood obesity as well as providing salad bars and themed days.

Environmental impact 

The team have also lowered their environmental impact. This was achieved by providing schools with 20,000 reusable crockery, trialling refill facilities for reusable cups and bottles, replacing plastic cutlery with wooden cutlery, and only providing water bottles that are 100% recyclable, and introduced meal selector reducing food waste production.

These efforts to minimise food waste and reduce packaging and single use items have contributed significantly to the council’s objective to make Kirklees net zero by 2038.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“I am delighted that our school caterers made the finals for this national award. This is testament to the vital part they play in creating an environment beneficial to pupils’ educational achievements, health and wellbeing.”