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Salford City Council encourages greater uptake of nutritious school meals

21st Jun 2024 - 07:00
Salford City Council encourages greater uptake of nutritious school meals
Salford City Council is encouraging parents and guardians across the city to take advantage of the 'nutritious and delicious' school meals provided by Citywide Services.

Research shows that a nutritious meal significantly enhances students' ability to concentrate, learn and perform academically. Citywide Services is committed to offering a variety of healthy and appetising options that meet the dietary needs and preferences of all students.

Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for neighbourhoods, environment and community safety, said: “Citywide offers balanced and nutritious school meals on a varied menu cycle, which allows children to try out fresh, seasonal, local produce and food from across the world.

“Our teams ensure that there are suitable choices for those with intolerances and medical diets and our pre-ordering system - where available - can even allow families to help their child select the foods they like from the menu and order in advance. Citywide is all about creating lunch times to look forward to and building healthy, lifelong relationships with food.”

Citywide Services employs a dedicated local workforce, reinforcing the Council's commitment to community investment. Through its apprenticeship programme, Citywide Services is fostering the next generation of skilled professionals.

Currently 27 production chef apprentices (16 Level 2 and 11 Level 3) are gaining valuable experience within kitchens. Citywide Services say it is ‘particularly proud’ of Lyndsay Knowles, who was honoured with the Salford College Hospitality Apprentice of the Year 2024 award.

Written by
Edward Waddell