YMCA canteen service options

The YMCA is seeking Expressions of Interest from ACT Primary schools interested in participating in a delivered food service trial.

The YMCA is currently delivering a 3 year project, funded under ACT Health - Healthy Canberra Grants, called Nutri-Y’s Food Services.   The project is aimed at supporting schools and school canteens to provide viable, sustainable food services, which meet the Healthy School Canteen Guidelines.    As part of this project the YMCA is seeking Expressions of Interest from ACT Primary schools interested in participating in a delivered food service trial.  Schools without any current food service and also schools with a limited canteen operation who would like additional days of food service are welcome to express interest.   There are two options available for trialling.

Model 1:  One of the significant challenges for the viability of individual school based canteens is the limited scale of their market.  This model aims to test a centralised distribution kitchen to determine feasibility and scale ability of this model.

-       Service based on a centralised kitchen model 

-       Online ordering and payment by families through Flexischools

-       No transactional ordering or payment requirements for the school

-       No financial cost to the school

-       YMCA will provide a delivered food service once a week directly to the school

-       Hot & cold healthy choice menu aligned with the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy (for the purpose of the trial the menu will be limited to 3-4 item choices in hot and in cold)

-       YMCA operates under a Healthy Food and Drink Policy aligned to the ACT Public school policy

-       YMCA will liaise with ACT Department of Education to acquire appropriate licence for the service

-       All food will be prepared at Leumeah Lodge a YMCA facility catering to school and sporting groups visiting Canberra

-       YMCA kitchen CCP registered and maintains current food licence

-       YMCA delivery in refrigerated food van 

-       Orders stored in industry approved food storage containers to maintain hot / cold temperatures

-       Orders delivered labelled with student name & class

-       YMCA packaging and food transport solutions are recyclable to align with our sustainability commitment

-       YMCA will work with school to establish a feasible system of 1x week lunch order distribution, we will even provider aprons for your helpers ! ( generally this involves a roster of senior students and a supervising teacher 10-15mins before lunchtime)

-       YMCA will provide promotional materials such as newsletter snippets and posters for the school

 

 Model 2:  This model partners local food providers with schools to provide a delivered ‘café’ style menu into the school

-       Online ordering and payment through School Lunch Online

-       No transactional ordering or payment requirements for the school

-       No financial cost to the school

-       School Lunch Online will source local businesses interested in providing a lunch service into your school, or you may source your own preferred provider

-       Lunch service can be as many days as school requires and may be through one or multiple providers (same platform for families so seamless from ordering end )    

-       Menu will be determined through consultation with  provider/school lunch online and your school 

-       Licence agreement between School Lunch Online and supplier and Licence agreement between School Lunch Online and School

-       Lunch delivery to school arrives labelled with students name & class

-       School responsible for distribution of lunches (may be group of students or may be parent volunteers)

 

If your school is interested in finding out more about the opportunity to participate in this trial please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   on ph: 6232 4285  

 

Note: In the broader ACT context the YMCA is also working as part of a collaborative working group on food at school, a group of organisations working together to help schools and canteens provide healthy and sustainable food-for–sale services in schools. This group has been established to ensure the best outcomes for the ACT community and to build on supports already available to schools.