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Accolade for catering staff

A pair of hard-working North Ayrshire Council staff – who help produce healthy, freshly-prepared food for our young people – have been recognised for their efforts.

Laura Miller (pictured right), Senior Catering Supervisor at St Matthew’s Academy and Sheena McClymont, Catering Supervisor at St Anthony’s Primary (pictured below) have both become certified as Food for Life Ambassadors by the Soil Association Scotland.

It’s a reflection on the work they have carried out at their respective schools to not only produce good, locally sourced food but also by bringing the school community along on the journey too.

North Ayrshire Council has been a Gold Food for Life Sold Here (FFLSH) award holder since 2013 and the Soil Association’s Ambassador programme allows staff to get more hands on to shape the way meals are created at the school.

Carolyn Hope, Senior Manager at Facilities Management, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for both Laura and Sheena and further demonstration of the work we are doing to produce healthy and environmentally friendly food for our young people.

“The programme is great as it’s opened many doors for enthusiastic caterers working in our schools.

“They care passionately about the food they serve and the accreditation empowers them to highlight the ‘bigger picture’ by showing the power that food on the plate has in supporting good health, the local economy, supply chains and the environment.”

The Council serves around 7,700 gold standard school meals every day across our schools and early years settings.

The Food for Life Scotland programme, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Soil Association Scotland, supports councils to get more local food on the table. Caterers are recognised for serving fresh food, sourcing environmentally sustainable and ethical food, making healthy eating easy and championing local food producers.

Achievement is independently certified at three levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – with North Ayrshire achieving the highest certification every year since 2013.

The Gold award rewards local authorities for every penny spent on food produced in Scotland and is only given to organisations serving up meals in which 15 per cent of ingredients are organic.

Find out more about the Soil Association on the website here: Our Work In Scotland (soilassociation.org)

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