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Moray Council catering team member recognised for work in local schools

By Ewan Malcolm

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A CATERING team member for Moray Council has been recognised for her work promoting healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food in local schools.

The Food for Life Scotland Ambassadors certificate presentation at Pollock Halls.
The Food for Life Scotland Ambassadors certificate presentation at Pollock Halls.

Debbie Ritchie, assistant catering officer for Moray Council, has been awarded for her work by being named as a Food for Life Scotland Ambassador for Moray.

Catering staff from across Scotland gathered at an event in Edinburgh on May 10 to be named ambassadors for their work promoting the 'good food' movement in their local authority areas.

As an ambassador, Debbie will enact an action plan to connect schools with local farmers and veg providers.

That will allow schools to run informative sessions about which vegetables are in season, the different varieties that are available and how it is grown locally.

Debbie will visit Logie Primary School in Forres first with the hope that students will learn more about where their food comes from.

Sarah Dudley, Head of Food, Food for Life Scotland, said: "Our Food for Life Scotland Ambassadors put their all into providing the best possible meals for Scotland’s young people every single day.

"We hope that we can shine a spotlight on the actions of these individuals to show what’s possible in school meals and inspire others to join in the mission of creating a ‘Good Food Nation’ in Scotland."

Mairi Gougeon, Rural Affairs Secretary, added: "I would like to congratulate the newly awarded Food for Life Scotland Ambassadors who have been selected as a result of their commendable work within their schools, communities and local authorities.

"It’s great to see their achievements being recognised as we celebrate them as changemakers within our local communities.

"The Food for Life Scotland programme is continuing to make a big difference to the lives of many young people across the country. This wouldn’t have been achieved without the tireless efforts of our catering teams across the length and breadth of the country."

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