2 a.m., March 25)
start-up hopes to improve food choices for students
By Fred Sherwin
Mat Flosse is one half of the team behind
School Fuel, a local start-up company that
makes pre-ordered lunch meals for students..
new local start-up wants to give parents and students
a healthy food alternative to not-so-healthy processed
foods that have become the norm.
Fuel is the brainchild of local entrepreneurs Mat Flosse
and Christine Armitage. The company will prepare pre-paid
healthy lunches and deliver them to the schools using
100% compostable containers made from sugarcane and birch
will be able to choose from a daily rotation of three
entrees and eight side dishes for each lunch at a cost
ofbetween $5 and $8.
sample entrees include Shepherd's Pie, Pulled Chicken
Sandwich, Quinoa Chili and Spaghetti and Meat Balls. Side
dishes include Fresh Cut Veggies, Fresh Cut Fruit, Mashed
Potatoes and Baked Fries. Desserts are also available.
each lunch is made to order, School Fuel can accommodate
most food intolerances, such as a gluten intolerance,
as well as religious and dietary restrictions.
meal is made from local ingredients, when in season, under
the guidance of a registered staff dietician. All menu
items conform to the Canadian Food Guide and the Ontario
Ministry of Education's School Food and Beverage Policy.
food is then delivered in thermal containers to ensure
food temperatures are maintained at or above health department
will be able to open an account and place their orders
on their desktop or handheld device via the company website
Fuel recently received permission from the Ottawa Catholic
School Board to approach school councils about providing
the lunch service. Once the school councils are on board,
School Fuel can start sending information packages home
to the parents.
now the company is looking to get their healthy lunch
service tried in schools this year so that they can fully
launch next fall. They hope to be in at least a half a
dozen schools by June.
parents like it because we provide their child with a
healthy, well-balance meal while they don't have to stress
about making a lunch the night before. The schools like
it because it doesn't require anything on their part.
Our staff takes care of all the work," says Flosse.
Fuel's mission is to provide kids of all ages with a healthy,
environmentally compatible food source which studies have
shown will fuel their learning experience and lead to
improved student achievement.
more information about School Fuel visit http://schoolfuel.ca.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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