Sodexo partners with WWF to pilot sustainable school meals programme
Green & Lean is the name of a new range of sustainable school meals from Sodexo.
The line is part of a pilot project through Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell, WWF-UK’s flagship programme of work which aims to encourage businesses and policy-makers to facilitate the adoption of diets which are both healthy and sustainable.
The meals, which were developed jointly by WWF experts and Sodexo chefs, are both nutritious and lower-carbon as well as being made from ingredients are responsibly sourced.
For example, plant-based foods have to account for at least two thirds of the volume of each meal; refined grains are replaced with whole grains; and meat and fish has to have relevant certification, such as MSC or RSPCA Assured. They include favourites such as beef lasagne, chicken and leek pie and Lancashire hot pot.
Sodexo’s executive development chef for Independent Schools, Tom Allen commented: “It was really important that the meals we created tasted great. The idea was to make small changes to popular, well-loved dishes that would up the nutritional content and reduce the environmental impact, without dramatically changing the taste or the look of the dish.”
Following the pilot, Sodexo intends to market the meals under the Green & Lean brand to other clients in the schools and universities sector, and within its corporate services business.