In the UK, healthy school meals are governed by various standards and guidelines aimed at ensuring children have access to nutritious, balanced, and safe food while at school. These standards are designed to promote the health and well-being of children, as well as support their academic performance and overall development. Providing nutritious, fresh, and diverse meals in schools is crucial for several reasons, including promoting healthy eating habits, addressing food insecurity, supporting our network of suppliers, and encouraging engagement with a range of foods and cuisines from a young age.
Nutritious meals that are rich in essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre can support children’s growth and development, boost their concentration and cognitive function, and help them maintain a healthy weight.
Proper nutrition is linked to better academic performance. Eating a balanced diet can help pupils stay focused, alert, and energised, which can enhance their ability to learn and succeed in school. Healthy school meals can also help instil good eating habits early on, which can inspire lifelong positive mindsets about food.
Providing locally-sourced food where possible in schools can also serve as an opportunity for food education. Pupils can learn about where their food comes from, how it is grown or raised, and the importance of supporting local farmers and producers. This can help promote sustainability, environmental awareness, and a connection to the local community.
School meals can play a crucial role in addressing food insecurity among children. For some, school meals may be their primary source of regular, nutritious food. By ensuring that school meals meet high nutritional standards, schools can help to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children who may otherwise have limited access to healthy food at home.
The UK’s Standards for Healthy School Meals play a vital role in ensuring that pupils have access to wholesome, nourishing meals during their time in school and is something instil in our school catering offering at Totally Local Company (TLC).
Our teams make food from scratch.
We always use fresh, quality ingredients and prepare meals in the healthiest ways possible. Fresh, nutritious ingredients make fresh, nutritious food. It’s that simple! We work closely with reputable suppliers to ensure we source food of the highest quality, and our team of expert chefs have the very best to work with.