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UK schools declare war on hunger

World Food Day helps school caterers celebrate world cuisine this October

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 17, 2015 | Catering & hospitality

Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) is helping school caterers across the UK to play their role in fighting world hunger on 16 October 2015, by helping them get involved in World Food Day and turn it into a week-long celebration of world cuisine. 

World Food Day raises awareness for organisations like the World Food Programme (WFP), which work to combat hunger.

This year, UFS will continue to support schools by donating 10 meals to the WFP for every case of KNORR® ‘Create More’ sauces sold into schools before the end of October. 

James Allred, channel marketing manager for Unilever Food Solutions, said: “Last year’s World Food Day was a great success, with more than 1,000 schools hosting activities. Together they raised more than 200,000 meals for the WFP school feeding programme. This year, we’re aiming to work with schools to make an ever bigger difference.”

As well as winning the support of schools, the initiative has received the enthusiastic backing of local councils too. 

Carolyn Smith, menu planning and costing manager, Lancashire County Council, said: “World Food Week is important to schools in Lancashire because it helps our children realise that not everyone enjoys a plentiful supply of food. It goes beyond just raising awareness too, as by getting involved we can make a real difference.” 

To help children learn more about food security, UFS has created a fundraising pack for schools with everything they need to get started. Full of educational promotional materials, recipes to engage students and fundraising ideas, they’ve caught the imagination of both caterers and children. 

Janet Sylvester, schools catering manager, Doncaster Schools Catering, said: “The kits have inspired our school caterers with recipes. They are full of ideas for using the canteen as an extension of the classroom to teach children about international cuisine. This resource is a real helping hand in responding to new OFSTED guidelines, which ask us to demonstrate the ethos of our kitchen.” 

Schools can claim a free fundraising pack when ordering five or more cases of KNORR Create More sauces. As an added incentive, UFS will donate 10 meals to the WFP for every case of KNORR Create More sauces sold into schools before the end of October. 

www.ufs.com/schoolfood

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