BD Together is supporting LACA (the school food people) and its initiative Hotober, designed to encourage schools and children to return to having a hot meal at lunchtime – ideally by the 1st October – hence the name Hotober. This is also census day, a date we know many schools are keen to encourage lunch uptake on.
We all recognise the importance of pupils enjoying hot nutritious food at lunchtime, but uptake has been down since the children returned earlier this month. Working in conjunction with the schools, we want to reassure parents that school lunches are safe, promote the health benefits of our lunches and the improvement to children’s attainment and development that eating a balanced diet can make. Plus raise awareness of Free School Meals to parents who may have previously not claimed or not been eligible.
BD Together is the school catering and cleaning division of BD Group, and provides school catering services to 38 primary and secondary schools across Barking and Dagenham. It is committed to preparing tasty, varied, nutritious and safe meals for children across the Borough.
LACA sits at the heart of school food delivery, representing over 3,300 different organisations and individuals, all dedicated to ensuring that children get the benefits from a healthy, nutritious school lunch.