Celebrating National School Meals Week with Simon Hoare

Dorset school meals provider, Local Food Links, has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of LACA’s National School Meals Week (NSMW), which starts on Monday 12th and runs until Friday 16th November.  The annual event is marked by schools up and down the country and serves to promote the quality and value of the hot, cooked meals delivered every school day by LACA’s members.

Simon Hoare, Member of Parliament for North Dorset, went back to school for a hot school meal when he visited  Downlands School on Blandford Army Camp on Monday 12th November and enjoyed our Baked Fishcake with Buttery Potatoes &  Peas meal, followed by a Chocolate Crispy Cake.  Dining alongside some of the pupils from Downlands School as well as Lieutenant Colonel Paul Williams – Commanding Officer of Blandford Garrison, Warrant Office 1 Fitzmaurice – Garrison Sergeant Major , Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Bob Brannigan – Garrison Staff Officer and the Headteacher, Susan Whitlock, and Caroline Morgan, Chief Executive of Local Food Links, Simon was able to see first-hand pupils benefiting from cooked meals whilst developing their table manners and conversational skills too.

Head Teacher, Susan Whitlock, commented, It was very nice to see Simon Hoare, our MP, during National School Meals Week. He joined us for a hot meal with the children and staff, talking to them about the food and what they liked and disliked.

Simon Hoare commented, I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Downlands School last week.  The pupils were very engaging and keen to tell me about their favourite meals.  The Chocolate Crispy Cake was particularly delicious and highly recommended!  It is good to know that a local provider, Local Food Links, is working so closely with the school providing meals with the majority of ingredients sourced locally in Dorset.

Local Food Links has recently expanded and now supplies 50 local schools, serving 700,000 meals each year.  As a social enterprise, it prides itself on being a business for social good with 92% ingredients bought here in Dorset.

Caroline Morgan, Chief Executive said that she was,

“delighted to be supplying  more schools with freshly prepared hot lunches  and very proud of all our staff who work so hard every day to cook meals like those you would eat at home.”

Schools interested in working in partnership with Local Food Links should email caroline.morgan@localfoodlinks.org.uk.


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