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A Consuming Passion

As a fresh food organisation, we only use high quality ingredients with assured provenance. We have complete control over every meal – so we comfortably meet guidelines for minimising the use of salt, sugar and saturated fats.

We encourage our inspiring chefs to use steamers and combination ovens to ensure foods retain vitamins and goodness. This approach has the added benefit of reducing energy consumption and a more positive impact on the environment.

We believe all students should enjoy good, fresh food, including those individuals with particular dietary requirements. HCL has a nut-free policy and staff are trained in the provision of special diets. It is always our aim to go above and beyond government guidelines on nutritional standards.

My child needs a Special Diet menu

HCL offers specifically adapted menus in line with our mainstream offer for selected food allergies, intolerances and some cultural choices. We pride ourselves on having a rigorous process in place to provide a safe meal service to pupils with food allergies or intolerances. We have created a new, online application service that simplifies applying for a Special Diet Menu.  This is the required process for all new applications for special menus.

To ensure that food groups are not withdrawn from pupils’ diets without medical supervision and to also ensure that we have a full understanding of the medical implications, applications for special diets for medical reasons can only be made with supporting evidence from a GP, hospital consultant or dietitian. If you do not hold medical evidence there is a form that can be downloaded that can be taken to a GP for them to stamp and sign.

The application usually takes about ten minutes to complete and can be accessed using this link: https://hertscatering.co.uk/allergy-menu-application/

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Universal Infant Free School Meals

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From September 2014 children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.
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Catering for the Future

HCL is forward-looking and we do everything we can to minimise the impact our business has on the environment. We are strongly committed to reducing our carbon footprint and strive to encourage staff and students to play their part in minimising waste and saving energy.

Our policy of buying fresh, locally-produced ingredients reduces fuel consumption and transport costs. Staying local also means that we are contributing to the future success of our regional farmers and growers.

The provenance and origin of the foods we buy is a key factor in the way we operate. We buy direct from growers and producers. Out fruit and vegetables are locally grown, Red Tractor accredited produce. We source our meat from local butchers, using British-reared stock. Sausages come from pigs reared in Suffolk. Our fish is caught in sustainable waters certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Through our active membership of LACA (Local Authority Catering Association) we have links to key organisations such as DEFRA, the Soil Association, Healthy Schools and the Children’s Food trust.

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Getting the Mix Right

The Food for Life Catering Mark is a Soil Association accreditation scheme that recognises caterers who demonstrate greater use of fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients in the production of their menus. We are delighted to have now achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Silver Catering Mark.

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My child needs a Special Diet Menu

HCL offers specifically adapted menus in line with our mainstream offer for selected food allergies, intolerances and some cultural choices. We pride ourselves on having a rigorous process in place to provide a safe meal service to pupils with food allergies or intolerances. We have created a new, online application service that simplifies applying for a Special Diet Menu.  This is the required process for all new applications for special menus.

To ensure that food groups are not withdrawn from pupils’ diets without medical supervision and to also ensure that we have a full understanding of the medical implications, applications for special diets for medical reasons can only be made with supporting evidence from a GP, hospital consultant or dietitian. If you do not hold medical evidence there is a form that can be downloaded that can be taken to a GP for them to stamp and sign.

The application usually takes about ten minutes to complete and can be accessed using this link: https://hertscatering.co.uk/allergy-menu-application/

 

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