Monks’ Dyke Food for Life celebration

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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 dining room underwent a complete transformation and 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.

Mayor Coun Brian Burnett, alongside other community members, joined the school in trying a roast dinner, one of the healthy 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 aims to create an organic food garden, an orchard of fruit trees and become more environmentally friendly.