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20/05/2019 09:05
LACA School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) winner, Steven Cross, has responded to the Soil Association's calls for a mandatory plant-based protein day on school menus.

Speaking about the reccomendations, the head chef of Park Community School, which has a Gold Food for Life Award, called for healthier options than current meat-free options, such as...

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LACA
16/05/2019 12:05
Following the updated early years handbook by Ofsted, LACA chair Michael Hales said:

“LACA welcomes the updated early year's inspection report by Ofsted. We have long called for inspectors to focus on the overall health of children, including healthy eating and we hope this marks the beginning of a new approach.”

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LACA
15/05/2019 06:05
School caterers are essential within a school, they see students every day and are instrumental to their wellbeing and health within the school setting, which is why the theme of LACA’s Main Event is ‘A Healthy and Sustainable Future’.

LACA’s annual showpiece occasion will look to recognise the important part school caterers play in delivering health and sustainability to their students and their schools every day.

This year’s Main Event will be held from 10– 12 July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole and will also...

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LACA
10/05/2019 05:05
Services and catering provider, ISS, has partnered with innocent drinks to deliver Green Fingers - The Big Grow. The week-long gardening event aims to educate pupils about the benefits of homegrown food, sustainability and trying new foods.

For the past seven years, ISS has held Green Fingers in the spring to help teach pupils about the seed to plate journey by providing a different educational activity for pupils. The innocent Big Grow encourages children across the UK and Ireland to get growing their own vegetables. 

Steve...

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LACA
09/05/2019 07:05
The School Meals association, LACA, has responded to Citizens UK report on school meals.

The report claimed that secondary school pupils from the most disadvantaged families who are entitled to free school meals lose out on tens of millions of pounds every year in unspent...

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LACA
01/05/2019 09:05
Leeds has become the first city in the UK to report a drop in childhood obesity after introducing a programme to help parents set boundaries for their children and say no to sweets and junk food, the Guardian has reported.

Only a few cities in the world, such as Amsterdam, have managed to cut child obesity. Like Amsterdam, the decline in Leeds is most marked among families living in the most deprived areas, where the problem is worst and hardest to tackle.

“The improvement in the most deprived children in...

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LACA
29/04/2019 12:04
The deadline for the LACA Awards for Excellence has been extended until Friday 3 May 2019.

The LACA Awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering.  

There are 11 award categories open for nominations:

  • LACA Apprentice/Trainee Award
  • LACA Catering Business of the Year Award
  • LACA
  • ...
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LACA
23/04/2019 09:04
Nominations for the LACA Awards for Excellence close this Friday (26 April) at 12 Noon.

The awards acknowledge individuals and teams who continue to make a real difference to education catering.

LACA believes that good management, strong performances and high achievements deserve to be recognised and acknowledgement of effort is important to both reward and sustain...

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Michael Hales LACA universal infant free school meals Islington
10/04/2019 11:04
Commenting on Islington London Borough Council’s recent report on Universal Free School Meals (UFSM), chair of LACA Michael Hales has voiced his support.

He said: “LACA has long called for UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals) to be expanded to all primary school children and the Islington Council report highlights why.

“As demonstrated in their report (Universal Free School Meals) UFSM has increased take-up of school meals,...

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LACA
09/04/2019 08:04
Chef Rick Stein has worked with Local Food Links (LFL) school chef, Dan Staple, who took a day off from cooking school food in LFL’s Bridport kitchen for Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant.

The opportunity came as part of LACA’s (Lead Association for Catering in Education) ‘Host a School Chef’ initiative.

The initiative is sponsored by Alaska Seafood UK, an organisation which encourages children to eat more healthy, nutritious fish. 

The promotion offers school chefs...

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