Debbie runs a Community Interest Company making three course meals for a school in Stroud. For this she uses food surplus from Waitrose
Debbie said "it is important to make the distinction between food waste and food surplus, the former is what you would throw away or compost so veggie peeling etc. The latter is good food which cant be sold, perhaps because the label has come off, there is too much of it , the package has been split or the best before date exceeded"
This enables the children to a much wider variety that would normally be experienced at school lunch, fresh mango and pineapple, quails eggs, asparagus and poached salmon are just some of the foods children get to experience on starter platters.
For other food Debbie buys eggs and potatoes from Stancombe Farm Shop, Lamb from Hailey Farm and meat from Taylors, the butchers in Minchinhampton.
This project has been filmed 3 times for the BBC, and been visited by several local, national and European politicians including Natalie Bennett of the Green Party and Emma MacClarkin an MEP and Stroud resident. Neil Carmichael our local MP has visited in his capacity as the Chair of the Education Select Committee.
Debbie continued " despite these high profile visitors, the most important thing is that children are getting a really good lunch, experiencing new food sensations and learning how to cook"