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Carlton North Primary School

Healthy Lunch Order Policy


Rationale: Provision of lunch orders at CNPS gives parents a greater number of options for their childs lunch and reflects the value the school has for healthy eating practices of students. Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle assist children to develop and grow to their potential, thus contributing to optimal educational outcomes and a healthy adult life. For students that use the lunch provision service regularly, the foods purchased can make a significant contribution to total food intake and nutrition. Two meals a week would represent about 10% of the meals eaten weekly. Lunch orders are regular and routine provisions of food service to the students by a provider engaged on their behalf by the School Council. School Council has adopted the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) guidelines regarding healthy eating as described in the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and the DEECDs School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy (URL provided in References Section of this Policy) Aim: To provide the basis for the provision of healthy school lunch orders by: Providing an enjoyable, nutritious and attractively presented selection of foods and drinks at reasonable prices. Promoting and encouraging healthy food choices. Implementation: Lunch Provision Menu CNPS will endeavour to: Offer a healthy school lunch service up to 2 days per week Offer a wide range of foods that takes into consideration the diverse cultural composition of the CNPS community. Consider the resources available within the school and school community to administer the lunch order program. Maintain consistency with this Healthy Lunch Order policy. Require that the school lunch order menu contains only green or amber food choice categories as listed in the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and the (DEECD) School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy, with a preponderance of food choices from the green category Comply with the Schools Anaphylaxis Policy. Require that the school lunch provider complies with the current food safety and hygiene regulations. Require that the school lunch provider complies with the current Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations

Breaches of Policy Order for non-compliant food In any case that a lunch order contains a request for food not from the menu, the supplier is authorised and required to make a substitution of the excluded food to a compliant food. This substitution will be of a menu item of similar value as the requested food as practicable.

When possible, the provider shall contact the school to ensure that any food substitution complies with any allergy information or cultural food prohibition information provided to the school. Food unavailability When the supplier does not have the requested menu item, the supplier is authorised and required to make a substitution of the requested food to another food from the menu. The substitution will be of a menu item of at least the same value as the requested item. When possible, the provider shall contact the school to ensure that any food substitution complies with any allergy information or cultural food prohibition information provided to the school.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review A current copy of this policy will be available on request at the office or at any time on Lee4Us. School Council will monitor the menu and DEECD guidelines annually to ensure compliance. The policy will be reviewed every 3 years by the school council as per the standard policy review process References and Related Policies 1. CNPS Anaphylaxis Policy 2. Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and the DEECDs School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/schooloperations/healthycanteen/foodplanner/default.htm) 3. http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/schadmin/schops/healthycanteen/gfyl_plannerposter.pdf

This policy was ratified by School Council in

June 2012