Bristol City Council have again awarded Chartwells (part of the Compass Group) the schools catering contract and they will be providing meals at Sefton Park for this coming academic year.
The Universal Infant Free School Meals Scheme continues to provide free school meals to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. With effect from 01 November 2021 Chartwells will be increasing the cost of meals for Junior children from £2.25 to £2.30 per day.
‘Chartwells cooks up new menu with Allegra McEvedy’
Chartwells is launching a new selection of recipes for the September menu that have been created with CBBC celebrity Chef and Leon co-founder, Allegra McEvedy MBE, alongside Chartwells’ chefs and its dedicated team of nutritionists. As part of the new menu, pupils will be treated to Chef Allegra’s Takeover Dishes– with a focus on offering fun and exciting dishes, introducing new flavours and foods. September menus will have 25% of Primary school mains as plant forward recipes, with a focus on health, nutrition, taste, as well as sustainability.
Meat Free Mondays were introduced across Chartwells several years ago and have been popular with both pupils and parents. Meat dishes remain on the menus and continue to play an important part in providing children with choice and nutrients. However, there are also one or two vegetarian options available every day, enabling children to choose what they wish to eat. Over time, ingredients will be adapted to increase the vegetable content within the dishes.
Additionally, more vegetables have been added into dessert recipes. Over 50% of desserts in the Primary recipe book contain fruit and/or vegetables. All desserts on the Primary school menu meet PHE 20% sugar reduction targets and include fruit, oats, wholegrain flour whenever possible within the recipes, meaning the focus is not just on plant forward but on nutritious and sustainable diets as a whole.
Allegra McEvedy said: “I’m fanatical about how and what children eat: it’s vital that they eat yummy and nutritious school lunches to feed their bodies and minds. Part of our job is also to broaden their horizons, introducing tasty food that’s good for them in a non-scary way, alongside their usual favourites. This menu delivers on all that across the board.”
Nicky Martin, Head of Nutrition - Compass Group UK & Ireland (Chartwells parent company) said: “We’re excited to be rolling out these new nutritious dishes to the children that we serve. It’s been great to partner with Allegra, whose expertise and enthusiasm for great food can be seen in the dishes that have been created.
Children can choose either to bring in a packed lunch or opt for a school meal each day.
We operate a wristband system as a means of identifying each child’s chosen meal (red - meat; green - vegetarian; blue - halal; orange - allergies/special dietary needs; no band - packed lunch), in line with other Bristol primary schools. Children notify the school of their meal choice at morning registration and the wristbands will be distributed to children by our lunchtime supervisors.