Tasty school meals in Wolverhampton are top of the class after the service scooped a top national award.

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Wolverhampton City Council's Catering Services has achieved the bronze Food for Life mark for the standard of meals in primary schools.

The UK wide Food for Life scheme rewards public and private sector caterers who serve fresh food which is free from additives.

To achieve bronze status, Catering Services had to meet strict Food for Life criteria.

This included ensuring that at least 75% of dishes were freshly prepared, all meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards, menus cater for all dietary needs and that catering staff are supported with training and engaged in food education.

Other standards that need to be met include providing free drinking water for pupils throughout the school day and information is on display about where food comes from.

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "This is a prestigious award and we are delighted to have achieved it.

"It is important that good, healthy and nutritional meals are provided for children in our schools and this is recognition that we are doing just that.

"The council's catering team is rightfully proud of the service we provide for schools and I congratulate them on this achievement."

  • released: Tuesday 4 February, 2014