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East Lancashire set for overhaul of school meals menus

Chorley Citizen: The new guidelines include one, or more, portions of vegetables, or salad, as an accompaniment every day The new guidelines include one, or more, portions of vegetables, or salad, as an accompaniment every day

HUNDREDS of schools in East Lancashire will see an overhaul of menus in kitchens.

Every primary school is expected to benefit from a new set of standards for all food served to pupils, with parents to receive menus this autumn.

The Department for Education said new guidelines, which apply to all schools, are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible, and nutritious menus.

Although the previous standards, introduced between 2006 and 2009, did much to improve school food, they were complicated and expensive to enforce. Cooks had to use a computer program to analyse the nutritional content of every menu.

The new standards include one, or more, portions of vegetables, or salad, as an accompaniment every day, three different fruits, and three different vegetables each week, an emphasis on wholegrain foods in place of refined carbohydrates, and restricting the amount of added sugars, or honey in other drinks to five percent.

In trials with school cooks, 90per cent said the new menus were easier to imp-lement than the old standards.

Schools councillor for Lancashire County Council Matthew Tomlinson said: “We are planning to adopt the new standards in the autumn term menu. We had already received the draft standards, so we are well-prepared for this.

“They reflect our approach to school lunches – healthy, nutritionally-balanced, good-tasting and freshly-produced food, without too many fatty or sweet items.”

Secondary schools which took part in the trials reported an increase in the cons- umption of vegetables. Launching the scheme, Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “We now have a clear and concise set of food standards which are easier for cooks to follow, and less expensive to enforce.”

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3:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Mothernature says...

If what is shown in the picture of school meals is the standard for todays generation of schoolchildren, I pity them. A cup of milk, possibly a muffin or fairy cake, peas/sweetcorn mix, small bap and whatever the little round thing is, that surely, cannot be the standards of meals today.
If what is shown in the picture of school meals is the standard for todays generation of schoolchildren, I pity them. A cup of milk, possibly a muffin or fairy cake, peas/sweetcorn mix, small bap and whatever the little round thing is, that surely, cannot be the standards of meals today. Mothernature
  • Score: 10

4:16pm Wed 18 Jun 14

greenscreener says...

Mothernature wrote:
If what is shown in the picture of school meals is the standard for todays generation of schoolchildren, I pity them. A cup of milk, possibly a muffin or fairy cake, peas/sweetcorn mix, small bap and whatever the little round thing is, that surely, cannot be the standards of meals today.
It looks like the Veggie Option, a Genetically Modified Baked Bean.
[quote][p][bold]Mothernature[/bold] wrote: If what is shown in the picture of school meals is the standard for todays generation of schoolchildren, I pity them. A cup of milk, possibly a muffin or fairy cake, peas/sweetcorn mix, small bap and whatever the little round thing is, that surely, cannot be the standards of meals today.[/p][/quote]It looks like the Veggie Option, a Genetically Modified Baked Bean. greenscreener
  • Score: 8

7:56pm Wed 18 Jun 14

ToffeeGuy says...

As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.
As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered. ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 8

8:10pm Wed 18 Jun 14

elmo maniac says...

ToffeeGuy wrote:
As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.
So true. English menu and asian menu... not just halal food.. there are many religions that have their way of dealing with meat. But english food should not be taken off the menu.... OPTIONS
[quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.[/p][/quote]So true. English menu and asian menu... not just halal food.. there are many religions that have their way of dealing with meat. But english food should not be taken off the menu.... OPTIONS elmo maniac
  • Score: 8

9:08pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Barb-Dwyer says...

SCHOOL DINNERS ARE A RIP OFF. £2.20. USUALLY FIND THAT WHAT IS ON THE MENU IS NEVER AVAILABLE AND MY CHILD IS LEFT WITH BITS AND BOBS OF RUBBISH. HE DOESNT WANT TO MISS OUT HAVING 'FRIDAY FAVOURITES' WITH HIS FRIENDS. ANYMORE THAN ONCE A WEEK AND I WOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED.

SHOULD ASK PARENTS FOR THEIR OPINION SURE THEY WOULD BE IN FOR A SHOCK
SCHOOL DINNERS ARE A RIP OFF. £2.20. USUALLY FIND THAT WHAT IS ON THE MENU IS NEVER AVAILABLE AND MY CHILD IS LEFT WITH BITS AND BOBS OF RUBBISH. HE DOESNT WANT TO MISS OUT HAVING 'FRIDAY FAVOURITES' WITH HIS FRIENDS. ANYMORE THAN ONCE A WEEK AND I WOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED. SHOULD ASK PARENTS FOR THEIR OPINION SURE THEY WOULD BE IN FOR A SHOCK Barb-Dwyer
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Wed 18 Jun 14

motorway says...

I see the dinners at one school and i will tell you that they are good and plenty, some children don't even know what vegetables are, and say no veg but they are encouraged to try them but not forced.There is a fresh salad bar for them everyday and fresh bread and Milk .If there is food left they get seconds. The dinners are worth the money.
I see the dinners at one school and i will tell you that they are good and plenty, some children don't even know what vegetables are, and say no veg but they are encouraged to try them but not forced.There is a fresh salad bar for them everyday and fresh bread and Milk .If there is food left they get seconds. The dinners are worth the money. motorway
  • Score: 3

9:58pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

elmo maniac wrote:
ToffeeGuy wrote:
As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.
So true. English menu and asian menu... not just halal food.. there are many religions that have their way of dealing with meat. But english food should not be taken off the menu.... OPTIONS
As a Muslim agreed, very unfair that schools serve just halal food !!
[quote][p][bold]elmo maniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.[/p][/quote]So true. English menu and asian menu... not just halal food.. there are many religions that have their way of dealing with meat. But english food should not be taken off the menu.... OPTIONS[/p][/quote]As a Muslim agreed, very unfair that schools serve just halal food !! Openminded?
  • Score: 5

11:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Mothernature says...

Barb-Dwyer wrote:
SCHOOL DINNERS ARE A RIP OFF. £2.20. USUALLY FIND THAT WHAT IS ON THE MENU IS NEVER AVAILABLE AND MY CHILD IS LEFT WITH BITS AND BOBS OF RUBBISH. HE DOESNT WANT TO MISS OUT HAVING 'FRIDAY FAVOURITES' WITH HIS FRIENDS. ANYMORE THAN ONCE A WEEK AND I WOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED. SHOULD ASK PARENTS FOR THEIR OPINION SURE THEY WOULD BE IN FOR A SHOCK
Is that per meal, per day or weekly? It's been over 15 years since I had to deal with school meals, Even then, I didn't think they were good value for money. Motorway - salads were available for anyone when I attended school (over 30 years ago) so this nonsense about youngsters not knowing what veg is, is beyond me. You can't seriously be saying the youngsters of today live entirely on meat and unidentifiable mixtures of whatever it is they do to food these days. I'm mortified. Do the kids get puddings like Eve's pudding or Apple Crumble these days? What on earth do they eat in school?
[quote][p][bold]Barb-Dwyer[/bold] wrote: SCHOOL DINNERS ARE A RIP OFF. £2.20. USUALLY FIND THAT WHAT IS ON THE MENU IS NEVER AVAILABLE AND MY CHILD IS LEFT WITH BITS AND BOBS OF RUBBISH. HE DOESNT WANT TO MISS OUT HAVING 'FRIDAY FAVOURITES' WITH HIS FRIENDS. ANYMORE THAN ONCE A WEEK AND I WOULD BE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED. SHOULD ASK PARENTS FOR THEIR OPINION SURE THEY WOULD BE IN FOR A SHOCK[/p][/quote]Is that per meal, per day or weekly? It's been over 15 years since I had to deal with school meals, Even then, I didn't think they were good value for money. Motorway - salads were available for anyone when I attended school (over 30 years ago) so this nonsense about youngsters not knowing what veg is, is beyond me. You can't seriously be saying the youngsters of today live entirely on meat and unidentifiable mixtures of whatever it is they do to food these days. I'm mortified. Do the kids get puddings like Eve's pudding or Apple Crumble these days? What on earth do they eat in school? Mothernature
  • Score: 1

8:33am Thu 19 Jun 14

motorway says...

Openminded? wrote:
elmo maniac wrote:
ToffeeGuy wrote:
As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.
So true. English menu and asian menu... not just halal food.. there are many religions that have their way of dealing with meat. But english food should not be taken off the menu.... OPTIONS
As a Muslim agreed, very unfair that schools serve just halal food !!
They get served 3 choices every lunch time. Some schools send a menu home for the following week so the parents and children and pick what they would. Yes the have sponge and custard, fruit crumble and custard. And in September even more choice. The salad bar is there if they would like it. And I will tell you most children don't like veg and salad. Most young children don't know how to sit at a table never mind use a knife and fork. Why don't you if you would like to know more and see for yourself go into school at lunch time if you have time? With regards English food it has not been taken off the menu.
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elmo maniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToffeeGuy[/bold] wrote: As long as they have a non-halal option, so that all cultures are catered for, I'm not bothered.[/p][/quote]So true. English menu and asian menu... not just halal food.. there are many religions that have their way of dealing with meat. But english food should not be taken off the menu.... OPTIONS[/p][/quote]As a Muslim agreed, very unfair that schools serve just halal food !![/p][/quote]They get served 3 choices every lunch time. Some schools send a menu home for the following week so the parents and children and pick what they would. Yes the have sponge and custard, fruit crumble and custard. And in September even more choice. The salad bar is there if they would like it. And I will tell you most children don't like veg and salad. Most young children don't know how to sit at a table never mind use a knife and fork. Why don't you if you would like to know more and see for yourself go into school at lunch time if you have time? With regards English food it has not been taken off the menu. motorway
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Casper's mum says...

Children often won't choose salad or vegetable options on school meals but I think this has a lot to do with the fact that these children aren't familiar with these foods because they're not always served at home for whatever reason - which is where, as children, they should be trying these foods first.
Children often won't choose salad or vegetable options on school meals but I think this has a lot to do with the fact that these children aren't familiar with these foods because they're not always served at home for whatever reason - which is where, as children, they should be trying these foods first. Casper's mum
  • Score: 4

7:39pm Thu 19 Jun 14

motorway says...

I have seen what some parents put in a packed lunch, Chocolate, lollies, sweets.
That's not good for them. You even get children saying they don't like their sandwiches, well i used to tell them mummy or daddy would not give them if you don't like them. I would like my child to have a school dinner any day.
Some schools do a sample of meals at the intake evenings.
I have seen what some parents put in a packed lunch, Chocolate, lollies, sweets. That's not good for them. You even get children saying they don't like their sandwiches, well i used to tell them mummy or daddy would not give them if you don't like them. I would like my child to have a school dinner any day. Some schools do a sample of meals at the intake evenings. motorway
  • Score: 1

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