News

Our News page will keep you up-to-date on local and national topical catering events, news and reports.

If your school has something happening that you'd like to share please contact us and we'll feature you.  For any photos used permission must be given.

  • Harvest Festival

    Emmanuel Community School

    At the Autumn equinox when the harvest moon appears the Harvest Festival, a traditional event is celebrated around the world across many different faiths and cultures. Our Cook Supervisor Andrea Moor at Emmanuel Community School in Walthamstow produced a stunning display to remember the successful gathering of the year's crops.
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  • Autumn 2020 Menu

    Lots of warming meals!

    We all know the benefits to children’s attainment and development, eating a nutritious and balanced diet can make, so we're excited to share with you our Autumn 2020 Menus.
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  • Felix Project

    Summer 2020 School Programme

    To support local families during July 2020 at Our Lady and St George School in Walthamstow and at the Joseph's Catholic Infant School in Leyton WF Catering ran the Felix Project School programme.

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  • Bite Back 2030

    Future budding chefs!

    Research carried out by St Guys and St Thomas’s Charity and Bite Back 2030 found that a third of children & young people said they had been cooking more frequently during lockdown.

    Need inspiration? Visit our menu page.
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  • Windrush Day

    Monday 22 June 2020

    Windrush Day falls on Monday 22 June 2020, which provides an excellent opportunity for our Cook Supervisor Andrea Moor at Emmanuel Community School in Walthamstow to celebrate this vital chapter in the story of our country's diversity.
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  • After COVID-19 Lockdown

    School meals from 1st June 2020

    To deliver the best service we will constantly monitor our provision and adapt to individual school requirements.

    School Meals (FSM) will be in general offered either packed lunch, supermarket voucher or weekly food hamper but at school discretion.

    Please speak directly to your child’s school for explicit advice.
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  • Round of applause for the NHS!

    Emmanuel Community School

    Emmanuel Community School have not forgot to thank all our brave and hardworking keyworkers in the NHS. What better way to celebrate all their commitment than with a healthy rainbow of fruit!
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  • Big thank you

    Supporting Waltham Forest residents

    We wanted to say a big thank you to the registered Waltham Forest food banks Eat or Heat, Hornbeam, PL84U Al-Suffah, The Rukhsana Khan Foundation and Al-Fath Trust for the amazing work over the past two months supporting residents who are struggling to get the food they need.

  • Child's eye view of COVID-19

    March 2020

    Author James Toop, CEO Backbite 2020 originally wrote this blog for Nutrition Connect on 17/04/20, as part of a blog series on opportunities for building back better food systems and nutrition.
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  • Food Charities Grant Fund

    £30,000 to £100,000 support

    The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a grants programme of between £30,000 and £100,000 for organisations to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. Relevant organisations are encouraged to apply ASAP.
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  • Give Peas a chance!

    Emmanuelle Free School

    'Eat them to defeat them' campaign returns in 2020. The award winning campaign with Veg Power encourages children to eat vegetables. Andrea at Emmanuelle is an ins-pea-ration!
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  • Chinese New Year free poster!

    28 January 2020

    Speak to your catering team on how you can join in the celebrations.

    Visit our Food themed events page and pick up some top tips on running your day. You'll be able to print off our free poster - just add the day you'll be holding the event!
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  • Sustainable and healthy eating

    Understanding diet

    New research published in January 2020 is providing fresh information that can be used to underpin agricultural and trade policies for a sustainable and healthy future for our children. These are exciting findings and make interesting reading.
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  • Emmanuel Community School

    Christmas lunch

    Our team at Emmanuelle Community School had some great ideas for their Christmas menu.

    Their pomegranate and kiwi Christmas tree was inspired. Our personal favourite was the gingerbread house which was stunning and truly captured the festive spirit!
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  • St Mary's Primary School

    Christmas testimonial

    'It was fantastic – enjoyed by all …both pupils and adults alike. Wilma, Sherron and Corina excelled themselves. The food was hot and tasty and there was a good variety. It seem to cater for all. The extra help you sent made a huge difference. It enabled us to serve all the children quickly therefore ensuring they had a good run around to burn off the extra calories!!' Philomena Egan, Headteacher
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  • Public Health Audit

    School food in Waltham Forest

    During the autumn term 2019, Public Health commissioned an audit of school food in randomly selected schools in Waltham Forest. We're pleased to announce that Waltham Forest Catering outperformed the private contractors and in-house providers in both Primary and Secondary provision.
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  • BBC Children In Need fundraiser

    Emmanuel Community School

    To get involved with BBC Children In Need our Cook Supervisor Andrea Moor at Emmanuel Community School in Walthamstow produced some tasty Pudsey Bear biscuits. They look so cuddly it must have been a shame to eat the head!
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  • We're hiring an Area Catering Manager!

    Open Deadline for applications

    Are you an experienced multi-site front-line catering manager with school meals experience? Are you able to lead and motivate a team to deliver excellent quality, freshly cooked school meals and help develop and grow our business? If that sounds like you please apply and join our progressive school meals team.
    Apply today!
  • Catering for the masses

    Waltham Forest Catering College

    In the November 2019 issue of Waltham Forest Echo we enjoyed reading an article from Dr Jim Lewis's new book 'London's Lea Valley: Home of Britain's Growing Food and Drink Industry'. It was about the history of our partner Waltham Forest College with a focus on the college's hospitality and catering facilities.
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  • Christmas is coming!

    Countdown for our special lunch

    We're getting ready for the Christmas countdown. We've prepared our Christmas menu - day it'll be served will be up to your child's school. The menu includes roast turkey and stuffing, spicy chicken or roasted vegetarian loaf. In our choice of deserts will be Xmas pudding and custard.
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  • Bonfire night celebrations

    Special menu for 5th November

    We couldn't let Bonfire night go past without some autumn warming food. On the lunch menu we provided bangers and mash, jacket potatoes with cheese or baked beans and a vegetarian chilli and mixed rice. Children were all ready to go out in the cold to watch the fireworks!
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  • Celebration of Culture

    Throughout October 2019

    To be part of the Celebration of Culture month we were excited to spice up our menu. To recognise the culinary contributions from different countries we provided jerk chicken,vegetable korma, African jollof rice, sweet potato wedges, Jamaican ginger cake and Caribbean pineapple slice. Let us know if you've any suggestions for next year.
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  • Special Report into Childhood Obesity

    Released October 2019

    The Chief Medical Officer's (Dame Sally Davies) Special Report into Childhood Obesity has made many great recommendations around advertising, food formulation and the implementation of the school food standards.
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  • Black History Month

    Thorpe Hall Primary School

    Carmen Bodom-Asenso, Head Cook and her team at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow produced a delicious menu included Jerk chicken, jollof rice and corn on the cob. Click here for some top tips for your own event
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  • Edinburgh Primary School

    New look for Autumn 2019

    Recently we worked closely with Edinburgh Primary School in Walthamstow. We're thrilled with the new dining area and hope the refurbishment will encourage healthy eating in a welcoming space.
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  • Heathcote School and Science College

    New look for Autumn 2019

    Recently we worked closely with Heathcote School in Chingford to revamp their dinning room in readiness for the Autumn term. The results are impressive - we love the grey wooden signage. One pupil said 'This makes me feel like I'm eating in a restaurant'!
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  • Munch Bunch Club

    Free lunches during 2019 summer!

    Children should be given free meals during the summer holidays to avoid them starving during the seven week break from school, teachers have declared. In 2016 delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' conference in Liverpool warned poorer pupils could suffer a drop-off in learning as a result of not eating properly during the summer break.
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  • Summer Sustenance

    July 2019 Waltham Forest Echo

    Happiness is not having to set the alarm for the next day, but with school holidays just around the corner this time of year can be a tiring and expensive juggling act for some families. In local newspaper, Waltham Forest Echo Helen Bigham explores low-cost options for keeping children happy during the summer holidays she includes our Munch Bunch Club.
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  • 10 minute shake ups

    Healthy ideas!

    Change4Life and Disney have teamed up again to bring you new Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!
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  • 'Healthier diets, healthier weight' plan

    Public Health England 2020-25 strategy

    Exciting news!. The new strategy sets out how Public Health England will work to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities over the next five years. There's a commitment to reduce the rates of childhood obesity and to promote and lead on initiatives to reduce sugar and calories in everyday foods.
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  • Welcome St Ignatius Catholic Primary School

    Tottenham school is our latest partner!

    Warm welcome to St Ignatius Catholic Primary School in Tottenham. In September 2019 the school commissioned us to provide school meals. Our team is committed to support their objective to 'Strive to promote a healthy lifestyle at St Ignatius and aim to provide healthy school meals for our children'.
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  • Free school dinners are available

    Some parents are missing out

    FREE school dinners are available to more than a million children in England, but some parents are missing out by not applying. In a survey of teachers by the National Education Union (NEU) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), 21 per cent believed some kids were missing out.
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  • Autumn/Winter 2019 Menu

    Great selection to choose from!

    We're very excited to launch our menus for Secondary and Primary school. On alternate weeks there's a delicious selection to choose. There's sure to be some firm favourites!
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  • Parent Taster event

    Thorpe Hall primary School

    Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow provided a wide range of food to give parents a taste of school meals.

    Speak to your Area Manager about arranging an event at your school.