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East Renfrewshire pupils tuck in to organic local produce

Vegetable boxes enhance school meals

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An innovative partnership is helping East Renfrewshire Council to provide local food produce to all of the area's primary schools.

Working with a local social enterprise company, each of the 23 primary school kitchens now receives a mixed box of organic vegetables every week.

The initiative is part of the Council's drive to constantly improve the healthy, nutritious meals provided to pupils, whilst using locally sourced produce.

It is another step in the Food for Life Awards process, a national scheme which encourages organisations to use more local, seasonal and organic ingredients.

The Council has already secured a bronze award due to activities that include cooking with pupils and using produce grown in school gardens.

And with the introduction of these boxes being delivered to schools by social enterprise company Locavore, it is hoped silver status will be achieved soon.

Many of the vegetables being provided to schools are grown at the glasshouses within Rouken Glen Park, which are managed by Locavore, which means the contents of the boxes will vary from week to week throughout the seasons.

Food is so important for fuelling our children and young people's minds to ensure they are ready to learn. Our catering service already provides high quality meals, so I am delighted that this latest partnership will help it to improve even further. It's all about making good food the easy choice for everyone and making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy. An important part of this programme is also to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it's grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced local ingredients. Councillor Paul O'Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities

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