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Double celebration as event highlights school meals

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25 October 2017

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Enfield Council has officially launched its ‘Healthy Enfield’ campaign at a very special event where the School Meals Service celebrated a prestigious award, and a brand new kitchen is opened at a local school.

  • Brand new kitchen opened at Brimsdown School
  • 'Silver Food for Life Served Here Award' given to Enfield Council for top quality school meals
  • Over 20,000 meals served daily to young people across the borough

Enfield Council has officially launched its ‘Healthy Enfield’ campaign at a very special event where the School Meals Service celebrated a prestigious award, and a brand new kitchen is opened at a local school.

Pupils at Brimsdown School in Enfield had an extra special treat in store on 18 October when they saw their brand-new school kitchen officially opened, and they received a special visit from the Soil Association who have awarded Enfield Council’s School Meals Service a ‘Silver Food For Life Served Here’ award, to officially acknowledge the high standards achieved in the 20,000 meals served to young people across the borough every day.

To achieve ‘Silver’ ranking the council demonstrated that its food is freshly prepared on site using quality ingredients. All meals are free from controversial additives and artificial trans fats and that food has been sourced in an environmentally sustainable and ethical way, such as free-range eggs, sustainable fish and farm-assured meat.

To mark the event, the school dished up hot meals from its brand-new purpose-built kitchen which boasts the most up-to-date appliances, equipment and storage and will serve 400 school dinners each day.

During the event parents and children took part in special taster sessions with the new meals, and representatives from the Soil Association interviewed participants on issues such as why food quality is so important to them and how this new kitchen will improve their lunchtime experience.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “School kitchens are a high priority. They improve our schools, encourage fairness for all, and with a big demand for hot, tasty and nutritional meals, we know that this is a huge contributing factor in children’s learning. For some children, it is their only hot meal of the day.

“The Soil Association’s ‘Silver Food For Life Served Here’ award once again confirms that our catering service is among the best in London, with a growing reputation for its attention to maintaining high standards.

"Sourcing quality ingredients, our cooks produce carefully balanced meals and have a string of industry recognition awards to show for it.”

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Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “The Healthy Enfield campaign is really important as it is relevant to every single one of our residents.

“The idea behind it is simple. It is all about making small changes to your eating habits and lifestyle which will see a big change in your health.

“Avoiding sugar, salt and fat will help to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle related health problems. Being more active even for just 10 minutes, three times a day, can also significantly improve your health and wellbeing.

“This event today, which rightly recognises the excellence of our School Meals Team, and Enfield Council’s ongoing commitment to healthy food for young people, is a real cause for celebration.”

Healthy Enfield aims to encourages people to adopt a healthier diet in order to tackle obesity and reduce the chances of contracting a number of life limiting and threatening health conditions.

To find out more about Healthy Enfield visit this link