Celebrating National School Meals Week with Sir Oliver Letwin

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.

Sir Oliver Letwin, Member of Parliament for West Dorset, went back to school for a hot school meal when he visited Damers First School on Friday 2nd November and enjoyed a classic Fish and Chips meal, followed by a Catherine Wheel Cookie and Raisins.  Dining alongside two pupils from Year 4 and the Headteacher, Catherine Smith, and Caroline Morgan, Chief Executive of Local Food Links, Sir Oliver was able to see first-hand pupils benefiting from cooked meals whilst developing their table manners and conversational skills too.

Head Teacher, Catherine Smith, commented, ‘It was a pleasure to welcome Caroline Morgan and Sir Oliver Letwin to our school to join us for one of our ‘Family Dining’ lunches. We are delighted to now be working with Local Food Links as they have provided the school with a genuine reason to celebrate good food and to ensure that this sits at the heart of one of the most important parts of our school day.’

Sir Oliver commented, it was a real pleasure to join the pupils at Damers for lunch. I was very impressed by the quality of the food and the service provided by Local Food Links. I was also struck by how the children were clearly enjoying not only the good food, but also how by eating and interacting as groups during mealtimes, they were developing vitally important social skills. I also very much enjoyed my fish and chips. In fact, I would love to be invited back

Whilst at the school, Sir Oliver Letwin also planted a tree as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project.
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.

DSCF4454Caroline 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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