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MetroFresh Catering Service - 'More than just a school meal'

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About us

MetroFresh provides catering, cleaning and caretaking services to schools across the borough.

Every day, we serve over 23,000 meals in nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and have one of the highest school meal uptakes in Greater Manchester.

We are also the only school caterer in the North West that sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for School Food.

Our commitment:
  • Providing a high quality, value for money service
  • Being customer focused
  • Supporting healthy eating activities
  • Encouraging children to try new foods
  • Giving something back to the community.

We want to help our communities to be healthy and active, protect our children and create opportunities to support each other and believe in our borough.
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What is included

We have a reputation that is built on providing a quality food service, cost effectively and with the environment in mind. We use local and regional suppliers to minimise food miles, ensuring the best use of sustainable resources and supporting the local economy.

  • All our fresh vegetables are farmed locally
  • 95% of our school food suppliers are classed as local, providing fresh and seasonal produce wherever possible
  • 80% of our food purchases are produced by local businesses
  • Our fresh meat products are ethically sourced
  • We are one of only a handful of local authority caterers to hold the Good Egg Award which recognises companies that use cage free eggs or egg products.

We will work in partnership with schools to recycle more to support the environment and The Deal, the council’s informal contract with residents to improve Wigan borough.

Our key suppliers
Hopwells – Burscough, Lancashire
Morris Bakery - Chorley, Lancashire
MA Forshaw’s – Burscough, Lancashire
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation – Wakefield
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Our annual packages and adhoc services

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Services Available

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Food for Life Catering Mark

The Catering Mark provides an independent endorsement that food providers are taking steps to improve the food they serve, using fresh ingredients which are free from trans fats, harmful additives and GM, and better for animal welfare.

We have recently achieved the Bronze Award Food for Life Catering Mark. This gives us the independent recognition that our school meals are freshly prepared, using environmentally sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
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Sandra Cottam
Business Manager
01942 705055
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Our schools have summed up nicely some of the positive things we have done for them - just think how we could help you!

St John’s CE Infant School, Leigh:

By working in partnership with MetroFresh, we have successfully implemented the School Food Plan and Universal Free School Meals policy.

It was a major time of change and they offered us direct, flexible, bespoke support and solutions throughout the transition. They helped us to make sure that we ticked all the right compliance boxes and improved the dining experience at the same time.

We were able to introduce new ideas and good practices. Introduction of Live Kitchen was also negotiated through MetroFresh and parents are now able to talk to their child about menu choices in advance.

Following on from these changes, they have continued to support us with:

  • New ideas and food choices

  • Advice on improvements to the dining environment

  • Recruitment of a cook to suit needs of school

  • Developing exciting curriculum ideas using cooking and growing to enhance subject areas

  • Community involvement by supporting our school events.

We believe that MetroFresh provide us with quality provision and service for our catering needs and hopefully will help us to teach our children the skills they need to feed themselves whilst also taking pleasure in the creativity of cooking!
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MetroFresh is not responsible in any way for the quality, content or suitability of external resources linked to from this website
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