Food for Life catering mark for Cucina at Southfield seals success on school meal take up

Staff and pupils at Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports College in Kettering, Northants are celebrating the award of a Food for Life bronze catering mark at the school following stringent assessment by the Soil Association.

The Soil Association congratulated Cucina Restaurants Ltd. and the school on their award which now allows Cucina to display the Food for Life logo on its menus.

Steve Quinn, Managing Director and owner of Cucina, commented:
“Southfield is now one of the only Secondary Schools in the Country to have gained the Food for Life bronze catering mark and we have done so without compromising our menu offer despite the huge increase in the cost of buying British Bacon and Chicken particularly. All of our meat is Farm Assured, all fish is from sustainable stocks, some of our products are organic, we make good use of seasonal products, reduce food miles and we source some products locally allowing us to use the Bronze Mark logo. Good news all round!

We relish the opportunity at Southfield to share what we know about food with students and staff. We believe passionately that food has a vital role in our wellbeing and successes and are delighted that our food and menus are being so wholeheartedly embraced by over two thirds of the School.

We are also pleased that good, fresh food served with flair is demonstrating that student numbers can increase the eating of healthy, well balanced school meals.”

Lynda Lorentzen, Bursar for Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports College, added:

“The girls’ behaviour has improved because they are eating better quality food at break time and at lunch and a more balanced diet. The standard of food at Southfield now wouldn’t be out of place in a restaurant and all the fresh fruit and vegetables on offer ensure that the girls get the nutrients they need.”

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