The schools catering service, covering children in Barnsley East and elsewhere in the district, has been awarded the bronze level Food for Life Catering Mark Award.
The Catering Mark is awarded by the Soil Association following in-depth inspection of menus and food origin. It is an assurance that the food served is healthy, with at least 75 per cent of menus made from fresh ingredients, freshly prepared at each kitchen and sourced from the region’s producers.
Part of the Children, Young People and Families directorate, the council’s Catering Service provides healthy, nutritious meals to 55 of Barnsley’s primary schools, children’s centres and nurseries.
Organisations awarded the bronze Catering Mark have demonstrated that at least 75 per cent of dishes served are freshly prepared from unprocessed ingredients.
Also, meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards and eggs are from cage-free hens, menu choices are seasonal, and provide for all dietary and cultural needs and suppliers are rigorously checked to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards, there are no GM ingredients and catering staff are trained in fresh food preparation.
Welcoming the accreditation, cabinet spokesman for People (Achieving Potential), Coun Tim Cheetham, said: “The achievement of gaining the bronze Catering Mark, demonstrates the CYP&F Catering Service’s commitment to providing Barnsley children with healthy, nutritious food, made from fresh ingredients. All the service’s school meals are based on healthy eating and nutrient standards set by the government.”