Food Sourcing

School Meals in North Yorkshire – where quality matters

Lettuces 02Children and young people in North Yorkshire can be confident that they are enjoying the best of British when they sit down to enjoy a school lunch provided by the Council’s school meal service, North Yorkshire County Caterers.

The Councils school meal service continues to push ahead with its policy of buying as locally and freshly as possible. Not only is this good for the children and young people it provides a service to but also helps the local economy by keeping money in the region creating employment for growers and suppliers

This year the school meal service will spend nearly £6 million on food supporting local and regional producers to provide top quality, fresh ingredients across 330 schools in the County

  • All  food suppliers are based in the Yorkshire region with the majority being family owned businesses local to the County.
  • Only fresh meat and poultry is used in school dinners most of which is sourced from within the county boundary.
  • All meat and poultry meets the UK welfare standards. All meat and poultry is required to have full traceability. This means we know the farms where meat and poultry has been bred and reared.
  • All processed meats including sausages and cooked and sliced meats are made by the supplier of fresh meat and poultry using regionally sourced produce.
  • Half of all fruit and vegetables are sourced from the north of England with plans to increase the percentage in coming years.
  • Most of the seasonal salad requirements are met by growers in the Humberside region; this includes the use of speciality growers around the Thirsk area for products as herbs and mushrooms.   
  • All the eggs we use are free range and sourced in the Yorkshire region.  North Yorkshire County Caterers has received a “Good Egg Award” for its free range egg policy from the animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming.
  • Frozen vegetables are sourced from a grower in the south of the region who not only grows the produce but also freezes it in a  freezing station on the farm.
  • Dairy ice cream is made by a family business based in Filey.
  • The great majority of cheese is sourced from Lancashire made with local milk.

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