urgers, turkeytwizzlers andother ‘low-quality’ meats werestruck off the schoolmenu this September in abid to help tacklechildhood obesity. Englishkids must now be served healthierschool dinners and vending machines are banned fromdispensing chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks.Inspired by TV chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign for healthierlunches, the Department of Health’s new guidelines rulethat every school meal must now include at least twoportions of fruit and vegetables whilst deep-fried foodscan be served only twice a week.One school has gone the extra mile by hiring a veggiecatering company to take on its school lunch service! Thepartnership between Glapton Primary School, Clifton, Notts,and Nottingham-based Veggies Catering Campaign was bornin October 2005. The School Head was desperately keen todevelop a nutritious menu and for more pupils to take upschool dinners.Simultaneously, Veggies were promoting the idea that animal-free meals are right for all dietary and culturalpreferences, reduce the risk of salmonella, listeria andother food poisoning infections and have very low levelsof harmful saturated fats. Veggies were also keen to stressthat avoiding meat and dairy products spares land, oil andwater use and avoids growth hormones, chemical additives,BSE and avian flu. And so a beautiful alliance was formed!By November, Veggies were serving up freshly made soups,main meals, organic cakes and fair trade drinks two days aweek to those pupils who would otherwise take sandwiches.In December, hands-on cookery classes were introduced togive pupils a feel for nutritious cooking.Both Veggies and the school were keen to tie these cookerysessions in with the school curriculum so when childrenlearned about Egypt in the classroom, they also learned howto cook Kusherie, a traditional Egyptian dish. Come January,the kids studied Ancient Greece and learned to make thepopular Greek dip, hummus!Veggies try to use as much local and organic produce aspossible, within the constraints of the school-cateringbudget. They even use produce from pupils’ own gardensand allotments! The idea was a huge success and Veggieswere asked to take on the school’s entire lunch service fivedays a week from June.
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