We are a charitable catering company, serving 1.7m nutritious hot meals in 47 schools across Southampton each year.
We partner with: nurseries and infant schools; junior and primary schools; SEN schools; PRUs and secondary schools – all within Southampton.
For each, our menu is devised with the specific needs of the school and its pupils in mind, from the number of meal choices available day-to-day, to the theme days and special events we plan in. Our meals also comply with the nutritional requirements of the Government’s School Food Plan.
Each school is a valued member of our charity, represented fully on our organisation’s Board of Trustees. Our aim is to ensure that each pupil in our 47 partner schools gets a delicious, nutritionally balanced hot meal at lunchtime, to help them focus on their studies throughout the afternoon, on every school day.
We are proud to be Food For Life accredited for our school meals service – it means we’re committed to designing menus that make the best use of local, seasonal ingredients, that are also free from controversial additives, with 75% of our meals being freshly prepared from scratch on site or in a local kitchen.
Find out more about our Food Food Life commitment below
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The session started with a game of 'food lucky dip' with pupils picking fruit, vegetables, bread and sugary snacks out of a mystery box. Pupils were then asked questions about food providence such as:
- What is this food called?
- Have you ever eaten it?
- What does this food feel like?
Pupils were very perceptive when it came to exploring the foods we’d bought to the session. Interestingly lentils and parsnips were the least known food type. The children asked lots of questions and engaged in group discussions. Even the little ones! Why not teach your children about healthy eating with our top tips below.
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Delivering 1.8 million nutritious meals a year to schools, vulnerable adults, and businesses across Southampton, Rachel will lead the charity’s goal of delivering £500,000 in charitable investments into local nutrition-related initiatives and programmes over the next three years.
Pupils who receive free school meals during term time are often left without a hot meal during the school holidays, and this event was one of many across the UK that aims to fight holiday hunger and provide a support network to the families that need it most. A recent report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger* found that children were returning to school in a worse educational, health, and developmental state than that in which they had left in the summer.
“The launch of Lunchero has been a resounding success,” said CEO Rachel Hall, “with hundreds of families across the city downloading and using the app daily, for their children in KS1-2. Quite rightly, our secondary schools have been clamouring for the same service for their pupils, so we’re launching Lunchero+ this September - allowing everyone to access the whole term’s menu, day by day, by individual school,” said Rachel.
It’s when most of us grab the biscuit tin, or a packet of crisps, or some kind of dried-fruit snack for them. When you’re spinning plates – work, laundry, groceries, homework, pets, family commitments, cooking, budgeting – it can feel like a challenge too far to worry about rustling up a healthy snack at this point in the day.