PRIMARY schools in the Kirkland High School cluster will be the focus of a new pilot project aimed at producing healthier school lunches.
It is a joint venture between Fife Council, Fife Diet and Soil Association Scotland (SAS).
The three organisations are looking to explore regionally sourced, healthy, sustainable school lunches using organic produce.
Earlier this year, Fife Council received the SAS Food for Life Catering Mark Bronze award for primary school menus.
The local authority is now keen to aim for a Gold Catering Mark, and has set up this specific scheme to aid it doing so.
The project will be in place for one year across all the primary schools in the Kirkland cluster, and as well as a focus on attaining the gold award, the pilot will look to use as much produce from Fife and locally-based producers as possible.
If successful, it will be rolled out in schools across Fife.
Depute Provost Kay Morrison commented: “Receiving the bronze award was a major achievement for us, but we know through hard work and the support of our partners we can reach the Soil Association’s Gold Catering Mark.”
Laura Stewart, director of SAS, said it was excited to be working in the Kirkland cluster where “the focus is on sourcing fresh and some organic produce from Fife based producers and growers and creating a new tasty, fresh and seasonal menu for the schools.”
She added: “We are looking forward to seeing the results of the innovative pilot programme and working with Fife to roll it out more broadly.”
Mike Small, director of the Fife Diet, said it was delighted to be part of the change and thanked Fife Council for taking leadership on an important issue. He added: “This is a great opportunity for Fife to become the very best in Scotland; our children deserve nothing less than the best.
“Sourcing local organic produce means we know the food will have the very best standards, not have been shipped unnecessarily across the globe and will support local producers too in tough times, boosting the local economy.”