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The new dinner lady

Nicole Pisani: I wish to start this blog by saying that I believe the perception of ‘dinner lady’ needs to change if we are really to embrace change in our schools. I believe that what we feed our children is important, and this makes us chefs, with just as much credibility as chefs you will find in restaurants, hospitals and hotels around the world.

28 April 2015 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 2

The conscientious carnivore

Rob Percival: A recent YouGov survey has found that in the past year a quarter of the British public have cut back on the amount of meat they eat. Even more, one in three of us, said we would consider eating less meat, with the need to save money among the key reasons given. But despite our squeezed budgets, around half of us reported that we would be willing to pay more for ‘better’ meat – meat that tastes better, is healthier, and is produced to higher animal welfare and environmental standards – and this was true across the social spectrum, not just among the most wealthy.

17 March 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 6

Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

Jeanette Orrey MBE: It all began back in September when I found out I’d been nominated for the Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year award - and completely forgot about it until I received a phone call to tell me I was one of the five ladies shortlisted! A flurry of activity followed - visits to my old school, all day photo sessions (complete with a professional make-up artist which was quite an experience!), interviews with the press, and of course, buying the posh frocks for the big day.

17 December 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Roast Dinner Day... with special extras

Lynda Brown: Roast Dinner Day is obviously popular, so here's an account of mine which I was fortunate enough to be invited to enjoy at Coln House school in Fairford, near Cirencester who currently have a Food for Life Partnership Bronze Award but who have their sights set on Gold. It's a state-funded Special Needs residential school (9-16 years), though you only need one look at their website to know that this school is special in so many ways. 'Going the extra mile', 'from farm to plate', and 'good food is a right not a privilege' could have been written especially for them.

25 November 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

Hurrah, it's the Food for Life Partnership's Roast Dinner Day!

Holly Black: What a brilliant excuse to have the most popular meal of the week twice! In celebration, Simon (the Catering Mark's newest member of staff!) and I stopped off at Ashton Vale Primary School in Bristol to have our roast dinner with some pupils. Ashton Vale has been doing some amazing work as part of the Food for Life Partnership - and this is visible right from the word go.

20 November 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Farm Academy update

Helen Carey: For the last three years I've been running the Soil Association's London Farm Academy project which is part of the Food For Life Partnership and is funded principally by the City Bridge Trust. I have been working with five schools each year - a mixture of both primary and secondary. In a nutshell it is about getting young people out on residential stays at organic farms of between 2-3 nights (or day visits in some cases) followed by running their very own farmers' market back at school.

07 June 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

It can be done

Tim Young: Just got out of the Food for Life Partnership workshop at the conference. I can listen all day to the impact the programme has had in schools, and I was particularly taken with both Doug Bone, the head of Wandle Valley school in Sutton, and Stephanie Wood from School Food Matters.

02 March 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 8

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