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(Posted 2 a.m., March 25)
Local start-up hopes to improve food choices for students

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Mat Flosse is one half of the team behind School Fuel, a local start-up company that makes pre-ordered lunch meals for students.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

A 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.

School 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 wood cutlery.

Parents 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.

Some 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.

Because 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.

Each 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.

The food is then delivered in thermal containers to ensure food temperatures are maintained at or above health department standards.

Parents will be able to open an account and place their orders on their desktop or handheld device via the company website www.schoolfuel.ca

School 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.

For 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.

"The 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.

School 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.

For more information about School Fuel visit http://schoolfuel.ca.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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