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Children’s Food Trust trains holiday cooking project volunteers

National charity the Children’s Food Trust has begun training holiday club leaders from across the West Midlands to help get children and families cooking more this summer.

Staff and volunteers from Holiday Kitchen programmes in the region – schemes offering learning, food and play to help families thrive throughout the year – are taking part in a scheme funded by Unilever.

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APPG on School Food details need for guidelines on packed lunches

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on School Food has published a position paper setting out the need for the government to consider the introduction of a packed lunch standards framework.

The paper states the government should consider the introduction of a a holistic, non-mandatory packed lunch standards framework as part of the ‘whole school approach’ to food in schools and to help address childhood obesity by consulting with children, parents, teachers, unions and the catering sector.

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Eden announces Art of Food competition winner

Eden Foodservice has announced the winner of its Art of Food drawing competition, which aimed to highlight the important role school food plays in getting pupils ready to learn.

The winning entry was submitted by a year three pupil at Chester Park Junior School in Bristol and now the school will work with a local artist to create a bespoke painting in the entrance hall of the school.

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Surrey pupils create recipes fit for an athlete

Surrey County Council's Commercial Services recently launched a Rio 2016 cooking competition in conjunction with Pelican Procurement Services, to encourage primary school pupils to design a two course meal fit for an athlete.

The council, which produces over 55,000 meals a day in around 330 schools, asked pupils to put together a recipe, test it at home and then submit it to Surrey’s ‘My School Lunch’ website.

Winners Leo and Tia Spanbok from Oatlands School in Weybridge won for their dishes of cheesy tuna bake followed by date crunchies.

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Yorkshire & Humberside spring/summer conference hails region’s successes

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The Yorkshire & Humberside region celebrated success at its recent spring/summer conference, which featured LACA chair Peter McGrath.

The event was opened by regional chair Jo Webster, who talked of successes in the past year in delivering great school lunches. This included the success of the "School Food Plan, UIFSM and NSMW 2015 including the focus for 2016.”

2016 SCOTY and "our Yorkshire girl" Kath Breckon was also given recognition along with her colleague from North Yorkshire School caterers.

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Mission Foods partners with KidZania

Mission Foods has announced a partnership with interactive play experience KidZania in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush to build brand affinity with consumers in London.

A Mission Wrap Factory has been designed to give children the chance to mix ingredients and knead the dough before pressing their very own wraps and undergoing quality control, simulating similar processes undertaken at the Mission Foods factory in Coventry.

The Wrap Factory is intended to help children understand where food originates and how Mission Foods wraps are made.

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MP joins Tyne & Wear school children for a Friday feast

Children from St Matthew’s Primary School in Jarrow were joined by MP Sharon Hodgson on Friday to cook a mixed bean chilli.

The children, part of the school’s Let’s Get Cooking Club, had the chance to show off their skills to the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food and MP for Washington and Sunderland West.

Sharon Hodgson MP, said: “It’s been wonderful to see Let’s Get Cooking in action today.

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McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2016 shortlist announced

Premier Foods has unveiled the five shortlisted schools who will compete at the LACA Main Event to become McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2016.

Sarah Robb, channel marketing manager, at Premier Foods said: “We have been overwhelmed by the quality and number of entries we received. The entries were all of a high calibre and it was incredibly difficult for the judges to pick just five teams to go through to the final.

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School bans packed lunches after parents give children cold fast food

Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School in Greenley, Buckinghamshire, has enforced a school meals only rule after parents had sent pupils to school with cold fast food.

The Mirror reports that a lunchbox ban will now apply to children in reception to Year 2 after children were also sent to school with whole packets of biscuits.

Compass' education company Chartwells supply meals to the school and the head has urged parents to make use of the universal infant free school meals scheme, which saves parents £485 a year. 

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Chartwells retains £65 million school catering contract in West Sussex

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s education business, Chartwells, has retained its school meals catering contract, following a competitive tender, with West Sussex County Council for another five years in a deal worth £13 million annually.

Under the new contract, the 650 strong Chartwells team will continue to provide services to over 200 schools and WSCC will have the option to extend for a further five years after the initial five.

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