Hens adopted by school caterers

Cucina has adopted a former battery farm hen for each of the 37 schools at which it has contracts up and down the country.

Cucina uses only free range eggs in all food served and is keen to highlight the plight of battery reared hens and the benefits of free range hens and eggs. It has adopted a hen for each of the schools it serves, naming each after a celebrity chef. Jamie Oliver has been adopted by Southfield School for Girls in Northants and Gordon Ramsey by Harefield Academy in Middlesex.

The company, which received the silver Eggcellent Award from the British Hen Welfare Trust, has adopted the hens as a means of promoting the best possible living conditions for the chickens. In 2011 the Trust rehoused over 46,000 hens of the 16 million caged hens in the UK. In January 2012 the barren battery cage was banned.

Cucina’s Managing Director Steve Quinn said:
“We are pleased to be supporting free range farmers and are commitment to using only free-range eggs which always seem to taste better. Naming the hens after top chefs really brings food to life for the pupils; the chickens we have adopted were formerly battery hens and rely on sponsorship from companies such as Cucina to pay for hens to live in better conditions.”

Cucina Restaurants Ltd. serves fresh food to 50,000 pupils at 37 UK schools and is committed to providing quality, healthy meals at all schools. The School Food Trust has just chosen a case study about Cucina for its web site.

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