Go green with a tasty school meal

Planet-friendly school meals have earned North Yorkshire recognition in a national award.

Whether it is creating plant-based versions of street food for secondary pupils or tasty vegetarian interpretations of primary school children’s favourites, our school meals service has it covered.

The service has come second in The Green School Meal League, launched this year by Meatless Farm with vegan chef Omari McQueen and ProVeg UK to find the UK’s greenest school menu.

We offer delicious, sustainable options, with a meat-free day each week and a plant-based option three times a week. Dishes include veggie sausage in a homemade bun with diced potatoes and salad; cheese, spinach and potato bake; vegetable pasta Bolognese or ‘mac & cheese’ with crusty bread and vegetables.

Two school cooks holding a platter of healthy vegetarian food

It is one of four special menus drawn up by the catering service each season, along with gluten-free, egg-free and milk-free menus.

Our school meals development chef, Kath Breckon, said: “We put a lot of thought into making sure our vegetarian meals are full of colour and variety.

“For our children in secondary schools, we introduced traditional street and fusion vegetarian foods, such as onion bhaji burgers and other street foods which we make from scratch.”

Our catering service, NYES Catering, serves nearly seven million meals a year to pupils in the county. All the meals are nutritionally balanced - prepared according to the national  healthy eating and catering standards - and are produced from scratch using fresh ingredients in a school kitchen each day.

We are running a campaign to ensure families eligible for free meals take up the offer, as the cost of living impacts family budgets. Find out more about free school meals.