Food service

Food service at ASL is managed by BaxterStorey Ltd.

Weekly menu

Weekly menu 20.02.2017

Have a 5-star lunch!

All items carry a "star" rating from 1-4. Choose a total of 5 stars and you have a £3.80 meal deal - a five star lunch!

Lower School

Kindergarten students are expected to bring lunch from home; a drink is provided to accompany their lunch. Students in Grades 1-4 my bring in a lunch from home, or parents may elect for their child(ren) to be provided with a nutritious packed lunch by the School. Parents may choose for their child(ren) from a variety of sandwich fillings and breads, accompanied by a choice of healthy snacks, fruit or dessert, and a drink.

Middle and High Schools

Middle and high school students in Grades 5-12 may purchase a wide range of healthy, nutritious, homemade products—hot main dishes, pasta, soup, salad bar, sandwiches—from the cafeteria, open Monday-Friday, 7:45 am-4:30 pm.

Middle and high school students must eat in the Commons. The average cost of a full lunch is estimated to be £3.80. Students in Grades 5-8 can subscribe to a school-provided meal deal plan, which is arranged on a semester basis. Details are sent home prior to the beginning of school or may be obtained by calling the Middle School Office.

Cashless catering

ASL operates a system of cashless catering. Students in Grades 6-12 use their photo IDs to buy lunch rather than having to bring cash to school. Grade 5 uses a different system.

The photo ID works like a debit card, with purchase amounts deducted from each student's account. Parents can add to the account balance by sending money to the accounts department, or by using cash-loading machines that are installed in school. Balances can be checked at the cash loaders at any time.

Cashless lunch FAQs

1. What is the purpose of the cashless system?
To shorten lunch lines by making payment faster. As many as 200 students pass through the cafeteria in a 10-minute period during a typical day. It is also more convenient for parents and students not to have to bring cash to school every day. The system provides enhanced sales information, helping ASL caterers with menu-planning.

2. Does a student have to hand in his/her badge to get money credited to the account?
No. Checks (made payable to " BaxterStorey Ltd. ") can be sent to the accounts department; please ensure that the name of the student is clearly identified. Once processed, the value will be credited immediately to the account.

Cash can also be immediately credited to a student's account using the two cash loaders at school, by swiping the card and then inserting money. The cash loaders accept £20, £10 , £5 notes, and £2, £1 and 50p coins. New parents can get credit onto their own card by using the cash loaders.

3. When do I need to send a check in to credit my child's account?
Checks can be sent in at any time but these should be for a minimum value of £50.

4. What is the minimum check value that ASL will accept?
ASL will accept checks for a minimum value of £50 , which should cover approximately three weeks of lunches at around £3.30 each. Checks should be made payable to " BaxterStorey Ltd. " and sent to the accounts department. If a student leaves the School with money in their account, ASL will refund the balance by check.

5. How do I check my balance?
You can check your account balance at the cash loader or every time that a transaction takes place at the cash register.

You can also email steven_hardy@asl.org to receive an account balance.

6. What if the card gets lost?
Loss of a card will not mean financial loss to the cardholder. The card itself does not hold the data; it is stored on a secure database. The process for replacing a lost photo ID will be the same as always: Inform ASL immediately, and the missing card will be deactivated. If the card is not found, a new one will be issued and will carry all the previous data and balance. ASL will charge £10 for a replacement card.

7. What happens if the card account runs out of credit?

MS Students

Grade 6-8 students are allowed an overdraft facility of £5. When this is drawn upon, the cardholder and operator will be alerted. If this £5 limit is exceeded, the card cannot be used until it is back in credit.

HS Students

No overdraft facility is in place for HS students, which means that purchases can only be made when the account has sufficient funds.

8. What if a student cannot find his/her card before going to lunch?
S/he should go to their divisional office.

9. Can I limit the amount my student spends each day?
Yes, parents can place daily or weekly spending limit on students' accounts. Parents will need to inform ASL in writing to activate this control.

10. Will it be possible to view account details online?
Not at present, although ASL is talking to the software supplier about future online access and online payment.

11. Can cash be paid for any food at ASL?
Only at the limited number of vending machines in the School.

12. Is it possible to obtain a receipt for checks and/or cash used to add credit to the cards?
Yes, the cashless system can provide a statement showing all receipts and expenditure from the account at any time.

If you have any queries with regards to the above, please email steven_hardy@asl.org.

Catering committee

The ASL catering committee assesses the school's catering program, provided by BaxterStorey. The committee is made up of representatives from the ASL community, and meets four times a year to share ideas and review comments in order to maintain a high quality food service at ASL. Meetings are also an opportunity for BaxterStorey to respond to issues raised and to rationalize the offerings of our catering program.

Topics discussed include food quality and service, waste reduction, recycling, nutrition, and the promotion of a healthy diet. Meeting reports are relayed to the admin team, who endorse any changes to food service at ASL. Information from these meetings is shared with parents via Take Note. For any comments or queries please contact Cosmo Murphy, cosmo_murphy@asl.org.

Catering Philosophy

Philosophy statement on food services at ASL

Mission
To provide a nutritionally balanced, good-tasting, environmentally and fiscally responsible menu that utilizes local, sustainably produced and quality ingredients.


Health and nutritional standards
ASL seeks to provide a range of food options for students to maintain a balanced diet at the School at an affordable price. These options will exceed both the US and UK minimum nutritional standards.

ASL will seek to ensure that students can eat at times appropriate to their developmental level and that a sufficient range of products to achieve a balanced diet is always available during the school day. Food services will also take account of students’ school and after-school activities. ASL recognizes that students’ abilities to make balanced diet choices will vary according to their age and educational development. Accordingly, where appropriate, some food and drink choices may be limited to certain students and/or certain times of the school day. Students will be provided with sufficient information so that they may make an informed choice. Certain products may not in themselves be high in nutritional value or “healthy”, however, students will always be able to choose a healthy and/or nutritional alternative.

ASL will promote and encourage students to eat healthy meals and snacks through efforts including labelling, presentation, availability and pricing strategy.

ASL will require its caterers to:

  • research, resource and promote new healthy products, both organic and non-organic
  • research, resource and promote healthier food processes
  • minimize the purchase of products containing additives
  • not knowingly purchase genetically modified products
  • minimize in food production the use of unhealthy products and processes, such as cooking in fats and the addition of salt.
  • use at least 95% of fresh and dry (non-frozen) produce.
  • increase the proportion of organic meat and fruit sold at the School.

Environmental and sustainability objectives
To reduce the School’s carbon footprint, pollution emissions and minimize energy ASL’s caterers will be required, where possible, to purchase produce from local or regional sources within the UK and promote seasonal produce. The caterers will be expected to select suppliers with a commitment to sustainability, in particular, suppliers seeking to reduce wasteful packaging.

ASL’s caterers will also be required to monitor and reduce, where possible, energy consumption in their cooking processes. They will be expected to continuously improve environmental performance based on targets and objectives by seeking to reduce packaging required in selling products and by ensuring that all such packaging and disposables are from a sustainable source.

ASL’s caterers will also be required to monitor and reduce, where possible, the waste generated by their food processes and to assist ASL in disposing of all waste in an environmentally appropriate way.

Where products cannot be sourced locally, ASL’s suppliers are required to be proactive in maintaining a culture of responsible environmental awareness and global citizenship through the purchase of produce independently accredited in high standards of sustainability and fair trade.

ASL’s caterers will be expected to publish and monitor their own Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

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