Tips: teaching your child about balanced diets from our Healthy Eating Workshop

Our Paediatric Dietitian Rebecca Weeks visited primary school children at Sholing Infant School and presented our healthy eating workshop. Teaching pupils how to eat well by identifying healthy meal choices and exploring different food groups, Rebecca introduced the children to the Eatwell plate and explained the importance of a balanced diet.

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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Celebrating our people – 2018 Staff Excellence Awards

Our talented Heads of Kitchen and Catering Assistants cook, craft and serve over 1.8 million school meals in Southampton each year. These passionate school kitchen professionals have been serving nutritious school meals for nearly 20 years, and each year, we hold an awards evening to celebrate their hard work and say thank you to those who have gone the extra mile.

Explore our celebrations by viewing our Staff Excellence Awards video and learn about this year’s award winners below!

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City Catering Southampton announces Rachel Hall as Chief Executive Officer

The UK’s first charitable catering company, City Catering Southampton announced that its board of trustees has appointed Rachel Hall as the Chief Executive Officer for the charity and its trading subsidiary.

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.

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Healthy eating with Quorn at Oakwood Primary School

Year 3 Pupils at Oakwood Primary School learnt about healthy eating choices and tucked into Keema Curries, Sweet Chilli Noodle Pots and Sausage Twists with Quorn’s Home Economist Ita Nugent. City Catering Southampton use’s Quorn in school meals and choose to partner with Quorn Foods to promote healthy eating to children, bringing the healthy food plate to the front of their minds.

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Fighting Holiday Hunger in Southampton

City Catering Southampton supported Make Lunch volunteers during February half-term, serving 110 meals to children and their families at Valentine Primary School.

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. Read More Fighting Holiday Hunger in Southampton