What is it?
A business serving schools, academies and MATs across the country that offers a full catering support service and can professionally advise on hygiene, nutrition and allergens.
What does it do?
The company provides a range of services to assist schools with their assorted catering needs, as well as offering a support infrastructure that enables schools to manage their own catering operations.
Who does it work with?
Schools in the process of taking their catering in-house, having previously used the services of an LA or contract caterer. FoodService Options can supply said schools – around 1,200 at the time of writing, split approximately 60/40 between primaries and secondaries respectively – with food contracts that are fully compliant with government legislation, and a team of catering support staff able to carry out kitchen health and safety audits.
What makes it different?
FoodService Options is a Royal Society for Public Health training centre, able to deliver training to school one-to-one or via its 21 online courses. It can also offer menu planning, overseen by two in-house nutritionists.
What’s the key benefit?
The company’s online training platform gives schools a more practical and affordable way of delivering the food safety training required of catering staff and supervisors. Beyond that, FoodService Options seeks to guide schools through the often complex process of bringing their catering provision in-house, presenting school staff with a timeline of key stages and milestones.
In their own words:
Susan Morris, FoodService Options CEO: “We’ve seen how in every school that moves its catering in-house, the take-up of meals improves, often because they can be more responsible and offer their pupils more of what they actually need. We’ve also been able to assist some schools in providing an in-house catering service to smaller schools located nearby, particularly in rural areas.”