Catering for the Future
The provenance and origin of the foods we buy is a key factor in the way we operate. We source produce from growers and producers. Our 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.
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.
HCL is forward-facing 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.
Through our active membership of LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) we have links to key organisations such as DEFRA, the Soil Association and Healthy Schools.
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 an online account which simplifies the application for a Special Diet Menu, please go to specialmenu.hcl.co.uk to find out more and to apply.
NB: Please contact your school regarding all enquires associated to the provision and payment of school meals.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
From September 2014 children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.
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As a fresh food organisation, we only use high quality ingredients with assured provenance. We have complete control over every meal and we therefore ensure that we meet the guidelines for minimising the use of salt, sugar and saturated fats.
We encourage our inspiring cooks and chefs to use steamers and combination ovens which assist in the retention of vitamins and goodness within ingredients. This approach has the added benefit of reducing energy consumption, providing 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.
The independent award scheme, Food for Life Catering Mark, is a Soil Association accreditation scheme that acknowledges caterers who demonstrate an increased use of fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients in the production of their menus. It provides a guarantee that the food served meets certain standards.
This award indicates the provision of local, fresh and honest food cooked by chefs/cooks who really care about quality and ingredients, in an environment that takes customer’s health and well-being seriously. Staff and customers can appreciate that the majority of food on the menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable trans fats, sweeteners and additives, and is cooked by proficient chefs/cooks, using ingredients from ethical and sustainable sources.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Silver Catering Mark within our Primary Sector.
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 an online account which simplifies the application for a Special Diet Menu, please follow this link to find out more and to apply.