School Catering Service
What about Aberdeenshire School Meals?
Aberdeenshire Primary school meals and menus are the culmination of work that involves comprehensive recipe and menu planning.
School Meals in Scotland are hailed as "light years ahead" of the rest of the UK by celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver and Aberdeenshire Council has established changes in recent years making school meals more attractive and excellent value for money.
All Primary school pupils receive a copy of our menus and additional information in an attractive leaflet to take home. This gives parents the opportunity to discuss and plan menu choices with their child/ren in advance. This is particularly helpful where Vegetarian preferences are involved.
Menus are nutritionally balanced so that a complete meal provides one-third of a child’s daily nutrient requirements
A planning group consisting of Area Catering Officers, Catering Trainers, a Paediatric Community Dietician and School Cooks work to devise menus that are popular with pupils and which also meet nutritional requirements set out in the Scottish Government's Schools (Health Promotion & Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007.
Menus reflect National recommendations for changes to diet that include:
- Increased emphasis on fruit and vegetables
- Reduction in total fat and saturated fat
- Reduction in sugar and sugar based items
- Inclusion of oily fish
- Reduction in salt content
Some very good reasons for taking a School Meal -
- It is prepared fresh daily by trained staff many of whom are also parents
- It is attractive, convenient, of good quality and offers variety and a daily choice
- The Sandwich Platter saves parents the chore of making a pack lunch
- It is a balanced meal providing 1/3 of a child’s daily nutrient needs
In addition to a Main course other important features include -
- Freshly made Soup is available at least once a week
- Baked Potatoes with a filling are available if requested from the Kitchen iin advance.
- At least one Vegetarian option is available daily
- A selection of breads are included as part of a lunch meal
- Salads & Vegetables of the Day
- Fresh Fruit is always available as a dessert option