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School criticised for 'lunch isolation' school meals policy

A London school has been criticised for putting children in ‘lunch isolation’ if their parents fall behind on school meals payments.

Michaela Community School in Wembley sent a letter to a parent informing them that their child will sit in insolation with a sandwich and a piece of fruit instead of a hot meal and dessert in the school’s canteen, if they didn’t make the payment.

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HCL caters to over 350 guests at garden party

HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Limited) provided food to over 350 guests at Hertfordshire County Council’s chairman’s garden party.

The guests feasted on more than 2000 canapes, which included smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis, pate and red onion marmalade crostini, and bruschetta with tomato and basil in a balsamic dressing.

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Plymouth’s CATERed summer food tour returns next week

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Ed’s Big Summer Food Tour returns to Plymouth from August 2nd as CATERed aims to tackle holiday hunger in the area.

CATERed, the company jointly owned by Plymouth City Council and local schools, is giving out 300 free lunches to children between 12pm and 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

The tour will visit locations across the city with Radio Plymouth’s Lighthouse crew including Central Park, High Street Primary School, Whitleigh Green, and Mayflower Academy grounds.

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Big School Bake Off finalists revealed

Eight school caterers have made it through to the final of the Big School Bake Off competition following two unmissable live heats at this year’s LACA Main Event.

Ten regional semi-finalists prepared their bakes under the watchful eyes of the judging panel, including TV Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley, LACA representative Sylvie Babout and UFS executive chef Alex Hall.

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Parents skipping meals to feed children this summer

A new survey has revealed that 40% of parents are worried about extra costs of paying for childcare this summer holiday and one in five will skip a meal or more to feed their children, according to The Trussell Trust.

Those aged 25 to 34 appear the most concerned about the additional financial burden of the summer holiday period, with almost one in three (32%) likely to skip at least one meal.

The Trussell Trust’s latest survey finds that almost 1.5 million parents of children aged five to six could skip a meal or more this summer holiday to feed their children.

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Derbyshire school wins Canteen Rescue challenge

Brimington Junior School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire has won a prize worth more than £10,000 to overhaul its dining room in a national competition run by the Children’s Food Trust, YPO, and Elygra Marketing Services.

Pupils scooped the honour after making a film to set out its bid for help to turn its canteen nightmare into a dream dining room.

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Derbyshire County Council awarded Silver Food for Life Catering Mark

Derbyshire County Council Catering Service has been awarded the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark in recognition of the high quality food that they serve in primary schools and nurseries across the county.

Caitlin Bisknell, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Research has shown a link between good food, good health and academic attainment so we hope this scheme will help our children develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

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ISS retains Redbridge contract for fifty schools

ISS has been re-awarded the contract to provide school lunches to fifty schools in the London Borough of Redbridge, for a further six years.

Mark Davies, managing director at ISS Education, said: “ISS are delighted to have been re-awarded the contract to deliver school lunches to the primary schools in Redbridge. We are committed to continually improving and evolving the service into the future, with the vision of creating excellent mealtime experiences for the children in the borough, as well as providing delicious food.

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Elior acquires Waterfall Catering Group

Contract caterer Elior has acquired Waterfall Catering Group, strengthening its position in the UK education, care and welfare catering markets.

Waterfall Catering Group has 803 sites across the UK and generated revenues of £70 million last year.

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Gold Catering Mark awarded to Shire Services and Muxton Primary School

Shropshire Council’s school meals provider, Shire Services has achieved the Soil Association’s Gold Food for Life Catering Mark with Muxton Primary School becoming the first school in the area to upgrade to the Gold standard.

Janet Croft, service manager at Shire Services, said: “We always look to support the local economy and community when appointing suppliers of fresh produce. It guarantees produce will be fresh and high quality as it will be sourced from within Shropshire, which we know has agriculture at the heart of its economy.

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