Surrey Schools participate in National School Meals Week 2017

28 November 2017


Primary school pupils across Surrey enjoyed a roast meal on Wednesday 15th November as part of Food for Life's Roast Dinner Day, run in conjunction with LACA's National School Meals Week (NSMW).

Surrey Commercial Services provided 55,000 primary meals across Surrey serving British Red Tractor sliced gammon joint with pineapple accompanied with British Red Tractor crispy roast potatoes, fresh vegetable selection and gravy.

Roast Dinner Day is run every year by the Soil Association’s Food for Life initiative of which Surrey’s primary school menu is accredited with the Food for Life ‘Gold’ standard which recognises that over 80% of our menu is cooked from scratch daily using fresh seasonal produce. . 

The event this year coincided with NSMW, the annual week of activities which celebrate school chefs and nutritional well balanced school meals.

Jeanette Orrey, co-founder of Food for Life and founder of Roast Dinner Day, said: "Roast Dinner Day is a great opportunity for schools and caterers to showcase the amazing work they do in schools every single day to feed and educate our children.

"Year on year, more and more schools are getting involved. We’re delighted to be a part of National School Meals Week, and shine a spotlight on school food.”

Pupils finished off their menu with a selection of desserts including Red Tractor Cheddar cheese and biscuits, locally produced yoghurt, fresh fruit or a sundae. 

The LACA chair of events Neil Porter said “Over the years, we have seen NSMW grow in its importance to the education catering industry and creating greater awareness to not only the general public, but to all the thousands of dedicated individuals who do such a great job throughout the school year.”

“This has been achieved by holding high profile events such as serving school food to politicians in the House of Commons and the Welsh Assembly, serving school meals in the restaurant at the summit of Snowdon and school chefs working in Michelin Star restaurants”.

“However what the NSMW team has produced this year has surpassed even those achievements. The five marathons in five days, ‘Powered by School Meals’ project was hugely ambitious and involved an incredible amount of organisation”.

“To see hundreds of children, parents, teaching staff, catering staff and LACA regional committee members joining Karen for part of her journey was fantastic. The celebration of great school food to ‘Power’ Karen up for her next part of the route was equally rewarding, as it demonstrated to the best possible effect what our industry can do when it pulls together”.

Karen Robinson has competed in the London Marathon a staggering 15 times and as a team member of the Lead Association for Catering in Education the cause is close to her heart.

Epsom Primary & Nursery School was chosen in the south east region as a food stop and was a worthy choice for the National School Meals Week challenge, having their own pre-school breakfast club and after school club serving home-cooked meals.

Karen commented: "School meals nowadays are excellent, cooked by passionate staff with quality ingredients. I love running so I decided to run around the country, running 5 marathons in 5 days to promote healthy eating to as many school children as possible."

Karen spilt her daily running into two half marathons per day and Epsom Primary and Nursery School was her first stop on day two. Karen spent time in the playground exercising with the children who attend the Epsom Primary School Breakfast Club. Afterwards she enjoyed a tasty meal, cooked by the onsite catering team from Surrey Commercial Services who cook for over 400 Epsom Primary School pupils every day.

One pupil said: "I love school dinners and I love PE so it was great to see Karen and Mrs Smith (Head Teacher) running into school this morning. Eating and living healthy is so important, but I am not sure I could run as far as Karen!”

Pictured below are Beverley Baker, Head of Commercial Services, the Headteacher Emma Smith and the Caterer Caroline Pope, who are welcoming Karen to enjoy a tasty healthy breakfast at Epsom Primary School.

Beverley commented: “Five marathons in five days powered by good school food. That says it all. A wonderful event and a great achievement by Karen.”

Epsom Primary NSMW

 Please click here for a video of the week long event on You Tube


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