Teaching Tiny Tummies
School bells will soon be ringing to announce the start of the new academic year. But while education is paramount to a child’s development, what they eat is crucial too.
And, in an effort to make sure our youngsters have a healthy future, caterers and suppliers are working together to give them the best start with healthy, well-balanced meals at school.
During British Food Fortnight (19 Sept-4 Oct), there will be events to educate young people about British food, with schools incorporating cookery and food-related topics into their curriculum. The aim is to make sure the young are aware of the diverse and delicious food that’s available, and who sells it.
What you can do
· Offer your kitchen facilities to your local school as a venue for a cooking lesson or a demonstration
· Help kids learn about food by hosting a British Food: True or False Quiz or give them factsheets about some of the dishes on your menu eg what ingredients are in it and why they are good for you
· Child-friendly promotions will encourage parents to bring their children – and return
· Offer smaller portions of dishes on your menu rather than a kids menu and offer a ‘try it’ plate
· Create a budget-conscious version of one of your dishes that would be suitable for a school caterer, and produce a recipe card to show it to teachers, parents and students
A healthy guide
Premier Foods is launching a ‘Back to School’ competition and has partnered with the children’s charity Kids Company to launch a recipe guide, which will also include information on helping to spot signs of malnutrition amongst children in schools. The guide will offer tips and advice on nutrition for caterers, teachers and parents, malnutrition awareness and recipes. Kids Company receives food donations from across the country that their volunteers turn into nutritious and filling meals, catering for over 13,000 hungry and vulnerable children each month. They are experts in helping overcome the constraints that school chefs and caterers can face.
Competition- Visit www.premierfoodservice.co.uk.
– Choose items from the list of 10 prominent ingredients Kids Company receive via donations and combine with at least
one of Premier Foods kitchen cupboard staples, such as Bisto, Homepride, McDougalls and Ambrosia, to create an innovative dish
– The five winning recipes will win £100 worth of high street vouchers and have their recipe featured in the Premier
Foods Back to School guide launched in October
– For more details, T&Cs and to submit your recipe entry visit