School meals cater­ers serv­ing up healthy food

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Cater­ing bosses say their meals for nurs­ery and pri­mary school chil­dren have been given the thumbs up by the Chil­dren’s Food Trust.

Healthy Roots was the first food com­pany to have its menus in­spected and ap­proved by the trust last year, and has re­peated the achieve­ment again this year.

The firm now de­liv­ers more than 1,000 meals per day to sites across the South East of the coun­try from its base in Elling­ham Way in South Ash­ford.

The com­pany was founded in 2010 by man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dawn Phelps along­side Al­lan Mor­ris, and now she works with head chef Chris Free­man to de­sign the menu op­tions.

Dawn said: “Healthy Roots be­lieves chil­dren should eat gor­geous food and our pas­sion is to in­tro­duce chil­dren to new flavours, tex­tures and food com­bi­na­tions.

“We are very com­mit­ted to serv­ing nat­u­ral, nu­tri­tious food and we wanted to work with a body which shared that com­mit­ment.

“Nurs­ery own­ers want to give their par­ents the re­as­sur­ance that they are do­ing the best for the chil­dren in their care, and that in­cludes feed­ing them good qual­ity meals.

“Be­fore sign­ing up to the trust’s menu check­ing ser­vice we used a soft­ware pack­age to an­a­lyse the nu­tri­tional makeup of our menus, but this could be open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

“For us, it was im­por­tant to know that what we are do­ing is ab­so­lutely right, and this ser­vice pro­vides that guar­an­tee.”

She said the busi­ness is now aim­ing to ex­pand into serv­ing day and board­ing schools in the area with the hot meals.

Chil­dren’s Food Trust nu­tri­tion­ist Laura Whiting said: “Our menu check­ing ser­vice gives early years set­tings and their cater­ers the con­fi­dence they are com­pli­ant with the vol­un­tary early years guide­lines re­sult­ing in menus that pro­vide the en­ergy and nu­tri­ents chil­dren need to grow and do well.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Healthy Roots visit www.healthy­roots.co.uk, email info@healthy­roots. co.uk or call 01233220818.

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