Meet Fresha on Monday 19th April + Allergen Update
We hope you are enjoying your Easter Break. We wanted to notify you that two members of the Fresha Management Team will be at school during drop off time next Monday 19th April, to meet parents and to answer any parent queries. Please make your way to the main school entrance from 8.30am.
We have updated our website with a simplified allergen menu that Fresha have put together at our request. In addition, we would like to share this message from Fresha with you.
Fresha Dietary & Allergen Management
Fresha’s kitchen teams are highly experienced in meeting dietary requirements, ensuring all children receive a meal that is right for them. Our menus are adjusted and tailored to ensure that all cultural, faith and medical dietary requirements are met. Our alternative meal choices ensure that we can offer all children an appealing meal that meets individual dietary needs. We have extensive experience providing options, which do not contain dairy, pork, lactose or gluten, enabling us to offer alternatives with ease, such as gluten free pizza bases, or vegetarian sausages (instead of pork).
When developing our school menus, Fresha uses a nutritional analysis software system to create and scrutinise the contents and ingredients of each meal, prior to their being signed off and provided to schools. This software analyses our menus and calculates nutrition. Using this system we are able to identify the allergens for all meals.
As we prepare our meals using fresh raw ingredients, we are able to vary meals to exclude allergens. As our kitchen teams are trained to prepare food from scratch, we can change menus with ease.
We minimise risks associated with allergens through a variety of processes. All of our school kitchens hold a nutritional and allergen file that identifies individuals with allergen and dietary requirements, with their specific details noted. This is shared with kitchen staff involved in both the preparation and serving of food.
In the day-to-day management of allergens and dietary requirements, school offices, or the payment system order confirmation, notify the catering team of the number of dietary requirements when meal numbers are confirmed. The allergen file is consulted by the kitchen team when planning each day’s meals and alternatives are prepared for those children who cannot select from the standard menu.
For children with severe dietary requirements or potential allergic reactions, the catering teams also include signage within the kitchen hatch – using a photo of the child to aid identification. Our Education Contracts Manager is available to meet with the parents of such children, on a one to one basis, where their child has a life threatening allergy. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Website link: https://www.stleonards.devon.sch.uk/school-meals/