Fresh Food Fast has been operating in school canteens on the Central Coast for the last 7 years and now proudly runs Henry Kendall High School, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus, St Edward's College and St Josephs Catholica College canteens, offering healthy nutritious meals to over 4000 students every week.
Each of our canteens employs a chef as part of their team as our focus is on nutritional homemade food. Our menus are reviewed every term with an emphasis on seasonality and the latest food trends.
NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy
The NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is all about giving students across NSW a taste for healthy foods and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. The Strategy addresses NSW school canteens to support healthy growth and development of students
Henry Kendall High School and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College menus have both been certified as compliant with the strategy.
Central Coast Green Canteen Challenge Award
Henry Kendall High School canteen was awarded a recognition of achievement plague as part of the Central Coast Green Canteen Challenge award from the Rumbulara Environmental Education Centre.
Green is the New Black
Fresh Food Fast has developed a sustainable mindset and approach to eco-friendly practices and they have become core focus of our business. In our canteens, an environmentally friendly approach not only makes our schools more responsible, it sets an incredible example for the next generation of learners.
Everybody is concerned about our impact on the planet, especially young people who will be tasked with sorting out the consequences when their generation is handed control. We’ve decided it’s time to get serious about going green in our canteens, both for the planet and to meet customer expectations.
We assess the sustainability of our canteens by:
Looking at what food we sell – what is the environmental impact of our food?
Plant based - the most sustainable food is plant based. So, a plant-based menu in our canteens is a win-win. We can still include nutritious food like meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, however plant-based foods are the main event with meat-based meals as the sideshow. Demand is growing for vegetarian and vegan options (for religious, ethical and environmental reasons) and offering more of these has helped boost our canteen sales.
Keep it Local - local food is an environmental plus because it means the food has not had to travel too far and has racked up fewer ‘food miles’. Buying local also has social benefits because its more personal. We have got to know our suppliers and support local growers and food businesses at all times.
Keep it Seasonal - buying produce in season is a good strategy for adding variety to our menus, reducing costs and improving sustainability. It is also more in-sync with nature and in a world where many children do not know where their food comes from, seasonal eating provides an amazing learning opportunity for our students.
How do we sell our food – what is the environmental impact of our packaging?
How a food is packaged is an important aspect of how sustainable it is. Single use plastic can’t be recycled and ends up in landfill for a thousand years, so we only use biodegradable or compostable cutlery and serving containers instead. The same goes for plastic straws, unfortunately, they can end up in our waterways and harm aquatic life, paper straws are a more eco-friendly alternative that we offer in all of our canteens.
Styrofoam cups and take away coffee cups are similarly problematic because Styrofoam lasts an age in landfill and most cardboard hot drink cups have a plastic lining and can’t yet be recycled. We encourage reusable cups for hot drinks by offering a discounted price if you provide your own cup.
Packaging can play an important role in keeping food fresh, avoiding waste, managing portion size and improving profitability. We assessed the environmental implications of our buying choices and rather than buying individually packaged products, we buy in bulk.
How do we save our food– how much food do we waste?
Food waste doesn’t just waste money, it is also a waste of the resources that went into producing, storing and transporting the food. Food waste in landfill creates potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.