The Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services were used in a recent re-tendering exercise for Hackney Council’s catering contract. 2 The Public Health team supported this process and continues to support the appointed provider, using insights from behavioural science, to implement changes to optimise healthy choices, in particular how food is displayed and priced.

Box 4 describes a local project in Hackney which strives to improve food in early years’ settings.

Box 4: Case study – Eat Better Start Better (improving food in early years settings)

The dietetics team at Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust delivers the Children’s Food Trust Eat Better Start Better programme across a range of early years settings in Hackney.

In 2014/15, the programme it provided menu support, nutrition sessions for parents and training for staff in 62 early years provider settings. These settings included nurseries, childminders, playgroups and Children’s Centres.

Every school has responsibility for its own catering service.  In Hackney, support is provided through the Public Health Team to help primary and secondary schools develop and implement school food policies, and in organising healthy eating events and catering reviews.

References

  1. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), “The Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Affairs,” 2015
  2. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), “The Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Affairs,” 2015