Posted: Wednesday 15th November 2017
This week is National School Meals Week and HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Ltd), which provides meals for schools run by the county council, has launched an exciting new breakfast concept.
Forty-five secondary schools across Hertfordshire will enjoy the delicious new breakfast offer which moves away from a traditional school breakfast of a slice of toast and bowl of cereal, towards a more varied menu similar to the offer you’d see in a Premium Deli. The new menu includes breakfast muffins, Brioche Baps and Porridge Pots and ensures that secondary school pupils will get a tasty and healthy start to the day and that their parents will get value for money.
- Avocado, Bacon & Eggs with Toasted Cheese Soldiers
- Rolled Croque Monsieur
- Date & Cinnamon Bloomer
- Breakfast Smoothies
- Banana Split Granola
- Vegetarian Breakfast Bruschetta
The official launch took place on Wednesday 15 November at Highfield High School in Letchworth.
Lin O’Brien, Chief Executive of HCL, said: “We’ve launched this delicious new breakfast range in all the secondary schools we work with across Hertfordshire and beyond as we know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.
“We’re already providing tasty, healthy and high-quality lunches but a good breakfast can really set up students for the day ahead, improving memory and concentration as well as improving energy levels.
“We know there’s a lot of competition for young people’s attention and that’s why across our range we’re offering the sort of appetising, high-quality food that traditionally you would only have found in cafés and restaurants.”
As part of the launch, Highfield High School in Letchworth was a stop along the route for LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) team member Karen Robinson, who is running five marathons in five days powered by school meals. With a half Marathon each morning and afternoon covering two LACA regions a day,
Karen is zig-zagging her way across the country highlighting the importance of healthy nutritious food combined with exercise. She was joined in the final miles in Wednesday’s run by HCL’s Head of Operations, Stuart Clarke and students from the school, who crossed the finish line together before enjoying one of the new breakfast options at the school.
HCL, which provides meals in the majority of Hertfordshire’s schools, is a nationally award-winning catering company, having been named both LACA Business of the Year and EDUcatering Local Authority Caterer of the Year in recognition of their excellence in education catering.
HCL has driven increases in the number of meals being served in primary schools in the last year and students in secondary schools are spending more on the healthy food HCL provides on-site, with the average spend per student rising by 13.2 per cent in the last year alone.
- Through its 1,850 staff, HCL provides school lunches across Hertfordshire to the majority of primary schools (94 per cent) and half (50 per cent) of all secondary schools in Hertfordshire.
- Last year HCL delivered over 15 million school meals.
- HCL also provides catering services to Hertfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Training Centre and has recently secured its first Business and Industry contract.
- HCL’s Primary Schools are Food for Life Silver accredited, a recognition of the high quality food, and ingredients, provided. 100% of our meat is either Red Tractor certified, Organic or UK reared/produced. The Food for Life criteria also requires 75% of dishes to be cooked from scratch, onsite by trained staff.
- Over 99% of all HCL schools have a 4* or above hygiene rating.