Taste of success for school meal firm

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A CATERER which makes school dinners for thousands of youngsters in Sheffield has served up a national excellence award.

Contractor Taylor Shaw was handed the plaudit for promoting school dinners and helping 11 city primaries focus on the importance of fitness and eating healthily.

The top award came from The Local Authority Caterers Association.

Peter McGrath, general manager at Taylor Shaw, said: “I think this just shows how highly thought-of this type of initiative is, but win, draw or lose, more importantly is not the fact we have been recognised but that it did make a difference to the children.”

The Food, Fitness and Fun initiative also created a football league where schools competed to be best at talking to parents, promoting, and other improvements to meals to win Sheffield United fitness sessions.

Lowfield Primary School, which had an extensive vegetarian and halal menu and promoted meals before lunchtime, triumphed to claim a visit to Bramall Lane next season.

NHS Sheffield, Sheffield Council and the Sheffield United Initiative were all involved.

Coun Jackie Drayton, council cabinet member for children, young people and families, launched the scheme last year.

She said: “This award is a fantastic achievement for Sheffield and all those involved have worked hard and passionately to ensure it was successful.

“We have seen the schools commit to activities and offer a major contribution to the level of health and fitness while having lots of fun.

“This project is a perfect example of helping schools to focus on being part of a healthy community and giving helpful information to parents as well children.”

“It is important we support schools to deliver and encourage healthy lifestyles in a fun and engaging way, and we will continue to do so.”