In Jersey –
For these reasons we have launched Flourish, our school lunch programme providing a delicious and nutritious 2 course lunch to primary school children in Jersey.
Initially as a pilot in Janvrin and Samares Schools, we are confident that given the early success of this pilot we can develop this and deliver Flourish to all primary school children in Jersey by 2025.
We believe that sitting around a table, eating a nutritious meal is crucial to the development of healthy eating habits and social skills. These are social skills which are nurtured in 76% of nursery settings in Jersey where hot meals are provided, only to be lost during the school years when children revert to packed lunches.
This is a pioneering programme for Jersey, with States primary schools never having had a hot lunch provision before, so it comes with it’s challenges.
Caring Cooks have been working on this project for nearly 2 years to develop an operating model that will work. Collaborating with the Government of Jersey we have equipped both of the pilot schools with a commercial dishwasher, a servery and 2 dedicated Lunchtime Servers in each school, to deliver nutritious hot lunches to the children 5 days a week, 39 weeks of the year.
The meals are all cooked fresh every day, offsite at our 5 star Eat Safe rated kitchen and delivered hot and ready to serve to the school each day, in time for lunch. All of our meals use local ingredients and ethically sourced meat wherever possible and are prepared by our professional kitchen team, led by award winning and renowned local Chef, Sarah Copp.
The parent feedback in the first 3 weeks of launch has been overwhelmingly positive, with uptake increasing from below 10% to above 30% in both schools.
“Thank you for this amazing opportunity, I hope the trial period goes beyond the pilot and across to every school in Jersey. When my daughter started at school it was very difficult as she came from a nursery that served hot meals for lunch and the transitional period was hard. So now she has hot lunches again, she is loving them and eating better again. She come home yesterday saying that she loved the chicken goujons so much that she left nothing on her plate. Thank you once again, I am also loving the fact that I don’t have to think of a healthy pack lunch every day. Many thanks”