Schools are uniquely placed to tackle the multitude of issues surrounding food in our children’s lives. Schools can work with children, their families and communities in a variety of ways from providing healthy food; learning cooking and life skills; introducing children to food growing; providing physical activities and supporting families.
This work is massively supported and achieved by GS Plus the school meal provider for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. GS Plus are committed to delivering the Gold and Silver Food for Life cater mark accredited meals to thousands of school children each day. These standards are continually maintained and externally audited to ensure that at least 75% of the food served is freshly prepared from seasonal and local produce wherever possible; ingredients used do not contain GM/transfats/undesirable additives or enhancers; meets the highest animal welfare standards including Organic, Free Range, RSPCA & Farm Assured product schemes and only permit MSC sustainable fish for use within the business. GS Plus also promote ‘meat free days’ as part of their sustainability measures. This message is also communicated to the schools and the children.
In recognition of GS Plus commitment to sustainable and ethical sourcing, they have been awarded the following accreditations: Good Chicken Award/Good Egg Award/Good Dairy Commendation by Compassion in World Farming. This achievement makes Royal Borough of Greenwich the only Borough to hold these three awards.
With over thirty thousand children attending primary schools across the Borough, GS Plus are passionate in ensuring each child whilst at school has easy access to a delicious; freshly prepared; hot; healthy; sustainably sourced meal every day. Currently, they are providing meals over 17,500 meals each day in over 87 education sites.
Supported by Central Government the Universal Free School meals programme looks set to stay, thus ensuring Key Stage 1 children can continue to receive this crucial meal of the day. To support this, if you are on a low income and/or in receipt of benefits and your child/children are outside of the Key Stage 1 programme you may be eligible to access free school meals throughout your child’s primary school life. To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 020 8921 2530/2570.
The Royal Borough Greenwich have also appointed a Food in Schools Development Officer to specifically work on supporting schools to achieve Bronze Food for Life awards. The Food for Life programme encapsulates a whole school, holistic approach to good food including leadership, food education and community engagement.
Many of schools are already doing a fantastic amount towards these points, and the Food for Life brings it all together.
If you’d like to get involved in the Food in Schools group, please contact email@example.com