Edie is reporting that WWF-UK has teamed up with global catering and facilities firm Sodexo to launch a new range of sustainable meals to improve public health and reduce the environmental impact of food production.
The ‘Green & Lean’ meals – based on wholegrains, vegetables and a reduction of fat, sugar and salt – will launch across more than 40 independent schools in England in January 2017. The roll-out follows a successful pilot in eight schools in November 2015 in which almost 20,000 meals, containing more than a tonne of extra vegetables, were served to pupils.
WWF’s food sustainability advisor Nick Hughes said: “The way we currently produce and consume food is negatively impacting our own health and the health of the planet. If we’re to achieve a future where people and nature thrive together, we need to reconsider the types of food we eat in the UK and where and how our food is produced.”
To help combat this issue, the Green & Lean meals initiative will deliver seasonal fruits and vegetables and source certified and sustainable meat and fish. All independent schools served by Sodexo will be serving at least one Green & Lean meal to students per day.
With so much talk about obesity in children do you think this scheme will help combat this? Will children eat the extra veg or will they leave the canteen hungry having turned their nose up at the healthy food provided? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link
We now have a Facebook page - pls click to like!