Mayor of Sutton goes back to school for National School Meals Week 14.11.11
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton joined pupils from Cheam Common Junior School to celebrate National School Meals Week.
The borough's first citizens visited the school on 7 November to tuck into a healthy lunch of meatballs and pasta with roasted, seasonal vegetables. Throughout the week, a series of themed days aimed to encourage pupils to eat school meals.
More than 5,000 children at schools across the borough joined in and themes included: Get Travelling, giving children the chance to tuck into an Italian menu; Five-a-Day, which featured a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables and a 1940s themed meal to mark Remembrance Day.
Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Gerry Jerome, said: "As the mayor I get invited to lunches by various organisations across Sutton, and I was very impressed with what was served up at Cheam Common Junior School. It was delicious, and judging by the number of clean plates at the end of the lunch break, the children enjoyed it too. The week gave them a chance to try different food and highlighted the tasty, healthy choices on offer every day."
Sutton Catering, the council's in-house school meals team, serves hot, healthy meals to pupils at 41 primary and special schools every day. It was recently presented with the prestigious Food for Life silver award for serving up healthy school lunches, making it one of just five in-house teams across the country to be handed the award from the Soil Association.
To meet the criteria for the bronze level award, catering teams must consistently provide fresh, seasonal, organic and sustainable meals.
The Sutton team went beyond this level, ensuring a range of local, organic and Fairtrade produce is served and no fish from the Marine Conservation Society's Fish to Avoid list are on the menu, to earn the silver award.