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West Dunbartonshire Council serves up award-winning school meals

School catering staff from West Dunbartonshire Council are celebrating after their primary and early years school meals service achieved a bronze ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award from the Soil Association Scotland.

The bronze award recognises the Council for serving school meals made from fresh ingredients. The Council provides pupils with nutritionally balanced breakfasts, lunches and snacks across 32 primary schools.

Councillor Ian Dickson, convener of corporate services and vice convener of educational services at West Dunbartonshire Council, said, “I would like to thank the catering teams in all of our ELCCs and primary schools who work so hard to ensure such a high quality menu is available each day for our children.

“The food we provide for our young people is extremely important and this programme will support us to continue to provide fresh, locally sourced and sustainable school meals.”

West Dunbartonshire Council is the 16th local authority in Scotland to achieve the Soil Association’s ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award.

Sarah Duley, Head of Food at Soil Association Scotland, added, “Food for Life Scotland works in partnership with local authorities to put fresh, Scottish, seasonal food on school plates across the country.

“The pandemic has further highlighted the importance of school meals and it is heartening to see West Dunbartonshire Council take these steps to benefit local pupils, staff and suppliers even while grappling with unprecedented challenges.

“This Food for Life Served Here award is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved. We’re delighted to recognise the Council’s commitment to serving fresh, local produce in their school meals, and we look forward to working with even more of Scotland’s local authorities in the future.”