Monks’ Dyke Food for Life celebration

STAFF and pupils of Monks Dyke Technology College had reason to celebrate last week launching their new look canteen cooking up a storm of local produce.

Monks’ Dyke Site Manager, Stephanie Dale approached Lincolnshire County Council in June to gain their assistance in changing food culture at the school and help towards the refurbishment of the school canteen.

The school received final approval of support in July and joined the Food for Life Partnership, an initiative which gets schools involved in cooking and growing activities, visiting farms and serving healthy school meals.

Then during the summer holidays the schools dining room under went a complete transformation and has has now been re-opened with a modern style seating area chosen by the pupils and, an open plan kitchen where students can see their food being prepared and cooked.

The Mayor alongside other community members joined the school in trialling a roast dinner, one of the healthier options available to staff and students.

Freshly made sandwiches and a salad bar are also available.

Jeannette Orrey, Food for Life Partnership meals policy advisor said: “It’s about highlighting the importance of healthy school dinners, and educating children about where their food comes from.”

Over the next six months the school now aims to create an organic food garden, an orchard of fruit trees and becoming more environmentally friendly.