Award winning meals for Sutton schoolchildren 10.12.10
Sutton schoolchildren are being served up award winning food every lunchtime.
Sutton Council has scooped a London wide Good Food on the Public Plate Awards for serving up ground-breaking school meals.
The borough is at the forefront of the ethical food movement due to its use of sustainable, seasonal produce.
Cllr Kirsty Jerome Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council said: "Sustainably sourced food is better for the environment, gives a fairer deal to producers and, most importantly, helps Sutton's young people to stay healthy.
"We have shown that you can purchase high quality sustainable food, which makes a real difference to children's wellbeing, in a cost effective way."
The council has been recognised for taking several steps to make school meals more ethical and encouraging healthy eating habits in Sutton's schoolchildren.
These include using fresh, seasonal vegetables rather than frozen, encouraging schools to compost peelings on site and using free range eggs and sustainably sourced fish.
This helps to protect vulnerable fish stocks, sustain a market for products from animals kept in humane conditions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encourages children to think about what they eat and develop healthy eating habits for the future.
To find out more about the Award visit www.sustainweb.org/goodfoodpublicplate. For more information on school meals in Sutton, visit www.sutton.gov.uk/schoolmeals.
Last updated: Tuesday, 04 January 2011